How to Set and Share Custom iMessage Profile Picture, Name in iOS 13

iMessage now lets you set your profile picture and display name of your choice on iPhone and iPad running iOS 13. Excited about how to do it on your device? Have a glimpse at today’s detailed guide below!

Believe it or not, Apple is competing directly or indirectly with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp with the introduction of new features in iMessage. Many users already in love with the revamped iMessage but they also suggest that iMessage must be released for Android users as well. Well, that’s a long way to go if you ask me. But as of now, let’s see what’s new in iMessage in iOS 13.

Have you ever wished to set a profile photo in your iMessage? That wasn’t possible in iOS 12, but with the arrival of iOS 13, iMessage has drastically changed, at least for me! And it’s now possible to create a custom profile picture of your choice with background color and Animoji.

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Now that you know what all has changed in iMessage in iOS 13, I would also like to mention that you can display these profile pictures and your name only with the people you want to. Yes, that’s right! Wondering how you can do these all in just a matter of seconds? Follow this detailed guide on how to set profile picture and display names in iMessage in iOS 13 on iPhone and iPad. Have a glance at it now!

How to Create Custom Profile Photo and Display Names in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

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How to Set and Create Custom iMessage Profile Photo on iPhone and iPad

Setting your profile photo in iMessage was not less than a dream until iOS 13 was released! If you too want to set a profile photo of your choice in iMessage, follow the below-given steps.

Step #1. Open iMessage App and tap on ••• (new ellipsis) on the top right corner.

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Open iMessage App and Tap Ellipsis in iOS 13

Step #2. Now tap on Edit Name and Photo option from the bottom of the screen. Next is to tap on Edit option that’s visible on the photo.

Tap on Edit Name and Photo and Tap on Edit on Profile Photo in iOS 13 iMessage App

Step #3. Now, under Suggestions section tap on Camera option. Capture an image, crop it correctly so that it fits in the circular frame and finally select your desired filter for that captured image.

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Tap on Camera Under Profile in iOS 13 iMessage App

Step #4. Tap on Done and you’ll see a new profile picture on your iMessage profile.

Tap Done to Set Custom iMessage Profile Photo in iOS 13

Step #5. If you don’t want to capture an original image and want to use a photo from your albums, repeat the above steps till step #2. Now, beside Suggestions option on the right, tap on All Photos, select photo from albums, move and scale it in the circular frame, tap on Choose, select the filter you would love to, tap on done!

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Step #6. If you want to use an Animoji as your profile picture, repeat the above steps till step #2. Select the Animoji you like from the list; you’ll find different variations in single Animoji, select any one of them by clicking on camera shutter.

Set Animoji iMessage Profile in iOS 13

Step #7. Now, tap on choose, select a color of your choice and finally tap on done!

Tap on Choose and Select Color and Done to Add Animoji to iMessage Profile in iOS 13

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Step #8. If you want to create a Memoji of your choice, tap on ‘+’ symbol in Animoji section, and the customization of hairstyle, color, skin, eyes, nose, ears and lots more can be selected by your choice. Well, this is the best of all features I loved it personally in iMessage in iOS 13.

Set Memoji in iMessage Profiles in iOS 13

So this is how you can set various profile pictures of your choice in iMessages on iPhone or iPad running on iOS 13. Now let’s have a look at another feature change in iMessage.

How to Change Your Display Name for iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Now that you have the profile picture of your preference, it’s now time to know how you can change the display name in iMessage in iOS 13. Follow the below procedure to know more!

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Step #1. Open iMessage app and tap on (•••) three horizontal dots on the top right corner. Now tap on Edit Name and Photo.

Tap Edit Name and Photo in iMessage App in iOS 13 on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on the blank space beside the photo and enter the first name and last name.

Enter Name to Change Your Display Name for iMessage in iOS 13

Step #3. Tap on Done! It will now display your name along with the profile picture in your iMessage profile.

Tap Done to Set Custom iMessage Profile Photo in iOS 13

That’s it! It’s not mandatory to fill the name, if you keep it empty, your profile will show the name that’s being used in your Apple ID. And it’s not necessary to fill the last name, it’s completely fine to just use the first name only.

How to Show Your Profile Photo and Display Name in iMessage: Two Methods Explained

It’s likely that you don’t want each and every person messaging you to see profile photo and display name of yours. To make sure only your contacts can see them, follow any one of the below-given methods.

Method #1

Step #1. Open iMessage app → Tap on (•••) three horizontal dots → Tap on Edit Name and Photo option on the bottom of the screen.

Tap Edit Name and Photo in iMessage App in iOS 13 on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Name and Photo Sharing and Toggle it ON.

Tap Share Name and Photo Option and Toggle it ON in iOS iMessage App on iPhone

Step #3. Now under share automatically section, select either Contacts Only or Always Ask as per your preference.

Select Section to Set Your Preference in iOS 13 iMessage App

Method #2

Step #1. Launch Settings App, scroll down to find Messages option, tap on it.

Launch Settings and Scroll down to iMessage App in iOS 13

Step #2. Next, tap on Share Name and Photo option, and toggle it to ON.

Tap Share Name and Photo Option and Toggle it ON in iOS iMessage App on iPhone

Step #3. You’ll have options to choose from, Contacts Only or Always Ask just like method 1 above. Choose any one of them and close settings app.

Choose Option to Show Your Profile Photo and Display Name in iMessage on iPhone

That’s it. It’s that simple to set it up from iMessage App and Settings App on your iPhone/iPad running on iOS 13. Make sure you don’t try both the methods at once as it may conflict. Just use a single method and leave it to work

Summing Up…

I am love with the changes in iMessage App in iOS 13, especially the additional Memoji customization for setting profile picture. What changes did you notice in iMessage App in this latest OS update? Do let us know in the comments section below! Follow our How to Guides section for more such useful tutorials.

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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