Share Contact Photo on iPhone: Automatic or Contacts Only

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Once you've created and customized your Contact Poster, you can share it with the people you're chatting with in Messages. This is a great way to display your personality with people in Messages, but you can also set the feature to share with only contacts or to always ask before sharing.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Share your unique contact poster with people your messaging to show off your personality.
  • Choose to share your contact poster with all contacts, or to always ask before sharing your contact poster.

How to Share Contact Photo on iPhone

System Requirements:

This tip works on any iPhone running iOS 17 or later.

Before you can choose whether or not to share your contact poster with all your contacts or to always ask before sharing, you'll need to turn Name & Photo Sharing on. If you like learning tips about using your iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day! Here's how to share your name and photo on iPhone:

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  1. On your iPhone, open Messages.

    how to share contact photo on iphone
  2. Tap Edit.

    share name and photo iphone
  3. Tap your Name and Photo.

    how to share contact card on iphone automatically
  4. First, toggle Name & Photo Sharing on.

    to share your contact information
  5. Next, under Share Automatically, choose Contacts Only to share with all your contacts when you message them automatically.

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  6. Or, choose Always Ask to choose which messages to share your contact poster with, regardless of whether they are in your Contacts or not.

    how to share my contact photo on iphone

And that's how to share your name and photo on iPhone automatically with your contacts, or to set it to always ask before sharing.


If you have Filter Unknown Senders on, your Steps 2 and 3 will look different. You will need to tap the more icon, as shown below, then tap your Name & Photo.

tap the more icon
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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.