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How to Remove Contact Photos From Messages on iPhone 6+

Ben Stegner 13-05-2016

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While not as big of a feature, if you have an iPhone 6/6 Plus or an iPhone 6S/6S Plus, you can disable the photos that show up when texting friends in Messages. Since these phones are the only ones that show contact photos in the app (probably due to screen size), you can’t do this process on older devices.

To remove these photos, open Settings and tap the Messages entry. Now, you’ll see an option that says Show Contact Photos; go ahead and turn that slider off. Now, you won’t see any pictures when texting your friends in Messages.

You be interested in doing this because you haven’t set up contact photos for friends and are sick of seeing the generic icons, or maybe you don’t really need to look at your friends when you message them and just want more screen space.

Or perhaps you detest friends that text with green bubbles Does Apple Use Green Bubbles to Make You Hate Android Users? Blue bubbles and green bubbles might seem like a small distinction, but to thousands of Twitter users they aren't. Let's look at this phenomenon. Read More and don’t want their ugly mugs on your screen. Whatever your reason, now you have the option!


Do you like the contact photos in Messages or are you happy to hide them? Let us know down in the comments!

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  1. Ron
    September 23, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    This only removes the contact photos from the list; the irritating photo bubble still appears at the top of the individual message. It' so irritating for people who don't use this feature! Just allow us to set our phones the way we want, after all we paid for the darn thing!!!

    • Ben Stegner
      October 6, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      It is a pain, you're right. It sounds like you might want to look at an Android device as your next phone if this is the kind of customization you're after.