How to customize your iMessage profile in iOS 17 on iPhone

Written By Marcus Reviewed By How-to iPhone 5 Min Read

If you’re using iOS 13 or later, Apple allows you to edit your iMessage profile and make it as creative as you want. 

You can personalize your display name and picture, and keep your friends and family updated with your latest profile. You can also share your profile as an iMessage in conversations. Sound good?

In this step-by-step guide, I’ll walk you through how to set a custom display name, photo, or Memoji as your iMessages profile.

How to set a profile display name in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Messages on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Edit at the top left.
  3. Select Edit Name and Photo.

    Open iMessage App Tap on Three Dots and Then Tap on Edit Name and Photo on iPhone
  4. Edit your Name in the text field and tap Done.
    Change Name and Tap on Done to Set Custom Name with iMessage on iPhone

This feature can also be accessed from your iPhone settings.

  • Launch SettingsMessagesShare Name and Photo.

You’re on the same edit Name and Photo screen. Keep reading to personalize your profile to the fullest.

How to use a Memoji or Animoji as your iMessage profile photo

  1. Tap Add Photo or Edit (if you’ve previously added a photo) to customize your display picture.
  2. Select from the available Memoji and Animojis. Or, tap See More to view more characters.
  3. Tap the + button to create a new character.

    Tap on Edit and Select Memoji or Tap on See More Then Tap on Plus on iPhone
  4. Select your Memoji or Animoji.
  5. Choose its style and tap Next.
  6. Use Move and Scale to adjust it in the frame and tap Choose.
  7. On the next screen, select the background color you want and hit Done.

    Select Memoji Tap on Next Adjust Frame Tap on Choose and Then Select Background and Tap on Done

If you’re using multiple devices with the same Apple ID, you’ll be asked to update your iMessage profile everywhere with this memoji.

Note: You can create your own Animoji or Memoji character using this step-by-step guide.

Use a picture as your iMessage profile photo

  1. Tap Edit.
  2. On the next screen, tap the camera button to capture a photo.
  3. Capture your image.

    Tap on Edit Select Camera to Click Photo in iMessage on iPhone
  4. Use Move and Scale to adjust it in the frame, then tap Use Photo.
  5. Select any photo effects you’d like to use then tap Done.Tap on Use Photo Select Background and Tap on Done in iMessage on iPhone
  6. Or, select the Photo Library option to choose a picture from the iCloud library.
  7. Select your picture, then hit Choose.

    Tap on Photo Library Select Photo and Tap on Choose on iPhone
  8. Pick from the available special effects (if any), then tap Done.

    Select Background and Tap on Done to Use Photo for iMessage Profile on iPhone

Your profile photo will be updated on all Apple devices if connected to the same Apple ID, and Messages in iCloud is turned on.

Share your iMessage profile for the first time

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Select Edit Name and Photo.
  4. Tap Choose Name and Photo.
  5. Tap Continue on the next screen.

    Tap on Choose Name and Photo and Then Tap on Continue on iPhone
  6. If prompted to Use This Photo Everywhere, tap Use.
  7. Tap on Always Ask and then tap Done.

    Tap on Use Select Preferred Option and Tap on Done Share iMessage Profile for First Time on iPhone

Your customized profile name and photo will be automatically shared with your contacts when you send them a message.

How to turn off iMessage Name and Photo Sharing

Later, if you want to disable the sharing profile feature, switch off the Name and Photo Sharing toggle. You’re good to go.

Turn Off Name and Photo Sharing for iMessage on iPhone

Summing Up…

Customizing your profile makes iMessage stand out from other carrier SMS services and social messaging apps. Once you learn to customize it, you’ll love creating new Memojis or Animojis and updating your profile now and then. If you’re new to iMessage, you might want to read more about the iMessage feature. Have any questions? Ask away in the comments below.

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By Marcus Content Editor
Marcus is a freelance tech writer/editor with a focus on succinctly explaining consumer devices and their software. His previous work has been published on MakeUseOf where he covered everything from iOS to Git and UI design.
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