How to Activate the iPhone Facebook Pictures for Contacts

by Aksana Nikolai
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Instead of launching Facebook each time you want to see your friends’ profile pictures, you can sync your phone’s contact list with the iPhone Facebook app. Integrating the two imports your Facebook friends’ profile pictures and information into the corresponding entries in your phone’s Contacts app. The iPhone places the Facebook logo on imported photos to distinguish them. This feature can be useful if you do not have time to manually assign photos to contacts.

Step 1

Download the Facebook iPhone app if you have not already done so, and then log in to the app using your Facebook credentials.

Step 2

Tap “Settings” on the iPhone’s Home screen, and then select “Facebook.”

Step 3

Toggle the Contacts switch to the “On” position, and then tap “Update All Contacts.”

Step 4

Click the “Home” button, and then launch the Contacts app.

Click the entry of a contact that you are Facebook friends with. The Info screen displays the contact’s Facebook profile picture as the contact photo.


  • Information in this article applies to the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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About the Author

Aksana Nikolai is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in language studies and international affairs. Nikolai is currently working in online marketing and communications. She has been writing since 2008, specializing in made-for-Web content and maintaining her fashion and beauty blog.

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