How to Create Personalised Photo Contact Posters on iOS 17

18th September 2023


| Phone
iPhone 14 Pro
iOS 17

Jacob Woolcock

18th September 2023

Jacob Woolcock



| Phone
iPhone 14 Pro
iOS 17

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In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to personalise your Contact Poster on iOS 17 using your own photographs. With the latest updates, Apple has introduced a fantastic feature that allows you to add your own personality to your contacts in the Contacts app. I’ll guide you through the simple steps to create a unique digital persona for your contacts, making your now calling screen more engaging and personal. Learn how to set up a custom contact poster with a portrait photo and make your iOS experience truly your own. Watch now and make your contacts stand out!


One of the most visually obvious changes in iOS 17 will happen anytime you get a phone call from someone, because their Contact Poster will now take over your screen and you’ll see the image that they want to share with you before you answer that call.

Of course, you can customise your own Contact Poster and to do that you need to go to the Contacts app and at the very top where it has your name tap onto My Card.

From here there’s then an option to update your Contact Poster and Profile Picture, which I’ll tap on to now.

As you can see I’ve got a Memoji picture set up already, but if I press Edit I can then add a new Contact Poster and just like Lock Screens you can change between these whenever you fancy.

On this new screen I have three different options at the bottom: a Photo, Memoji or a Monogram.

I’m going to go for the Photo option and iOS is automatically going to find pictures tagged of me that it thinks would look good on this particular screen.

As much as that picture of me with a giant pizza is funny, I don’t think it’s a great thing to have when I’m calling someone – it might make them very hungry!

So what I’m going to do is scroll down until I find a picture that I really like and for me I really like this picture of myself at Glastonbury a couple of years ago.

If I tap onto there I can then use two fingers to position this on the page.

If I zoom out, iOS will automatically fill in the top of that image for me as well now.

Just like the Lock Screen on iOS you can also use the depth effect, so it will extract part of that picture and put it in front of the text if you want it to,

You can use the little three dots in the bottom corner to enable or disable this – and then the whole process is very much like making a new Lock Screen.

As I swipe between the different options I can choose the style of that image, on some options I can change the color as well, like on a color wash perhaps or a color gradient.

And I can get some really interesting effects as I scroll between these different pictures.

Now, I’m going to go to the one where I have a plain color background so my face is coloured in black and white and now I can choose a colour background using the option at the bottom.

There are some predefined colours here, but you know me I like my teal so I’m going to use the color wheel option here and then I can choose the exact shade that I want either by typing in the hex code or by using a favourite color at the bottom like I’ve got here.

I think this is looking pretty good now!

In fact I think it’s nearly finished.

The last thing to customise is how my name is displayed on the Contact Poster.

So I’m going to tap onto my name and I’ve got a choice of four different fonts.

For each one you can make the line thicker or thinner, and despite only having four fonts you can have lots of different ways it looks by changing that thickness.

I think this looks pretty good!

And then just like before we can choose a colour as well.

I’m going to go white to make it really pop and stand out against the teal.

And now that’s finished I’m going to press Done.

I’m not going to change my Profile Picture so I’m going to skip that step, but now back in the Contacts app you can see my Contact Card looks exactly I wanted to.

And that’s just another way that iOS 17 makes your phone better than ever.

About Phone
The Apple Phone app is the default calling application on iOS devices, enabling users to make and receive voice calls, manage contacts, and access voicemail.

Video Details

This QuickTip video was recorded on an iPhone 14 Pro
running iOS 17.

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