Here is an app that shouldn’t even exist in the first place as Apple should have implemented it in iOS. ChatPic is a new jailbreak app that will show address book photos next to text messages in the SMS app.

For ChatPic to work, you obviously need to add a photo to your contacts, then whenever they text you, you will see their face next to the chat bubble…

ChatPic only works with the stock SMS app. It will not work with apps such as BiteSMS (one of iDB’s favorite jailbreak apps) or iRealSMS. But really, if you have BiteSMS, you don’t really need this as you already have your contact’s picture showing up whenever you receive a new text message from him/her.

You can get ChatPic from Cydia for $0.99. I haven’t given it a try but if you do, please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

  • STK10

    I thought i read about this on here before? i could be wrong tho, but i have had this tweak for months.

    • Tom

      Yes, its been on here before as this tweak has been out for a while… nothing new. I think Sebastien did another post as some other sites were posting it too.

  • STK10

    its basic and should have been in ios anyway.

  • XxL3THALxX

    A Simple tweak that works well. I’ve had this for over a year now. I don’t understand why IOS doesn’t have this already.

  • Beavis

    I’ve had this a while. How do you set up a picci to show up next to your own texts/reply ?

  • Tony

    I think companies leave out certain key features so that they have reason to upgrade in the future. You know, job security. IE: apple added cut and paste later when it should have been a stock feature from the beginning.

  • Jason Masters

    Textfree by pinger could use this it would complete it for those who bypass the carriers text charges lol!

  • Nick4G

    Beavis. Add your own name to your phonebook and put a pic in your contact.

  • Lucas K.

    I wonder if this works with BiteSMS?

    • Lucas K.

      EDIT: Nevermind, just read in the story that it won’t. All well. Already have it in the convo list and on top-right in place of “Edit” anyhow. 🙂

  • Beavis

    Nic4G. Tried that. No joy. Can u be more precise? Can u use any name etc if the number is ok ( +44 or 077 ) ? Cheers

    • stonefry

      Yeah, doesn’t work for me either

  • mplsboywonder

    Considering EVERYBODY who jailbreaks immediately uses BiteSMS or iRealSMS which ChatPic is not compatible with.

    I have yet to meet 1 person who still uses the stock SMS after they jailbreak.

  • dabe

    I use stock SMS on my jailbroken& unlocked 3GS. I never had any complaints, I wouldn’t want a pic taking up the screen honestly, but I tend to send/receive long texts.

    • Boy Wonder

      Why would you use the stock SMS app on a jailbroken iPhone when the alternatives are so much better.

      The features on BiteSMS completely blow the stock app out of the water. Im dumbfounded:)

  • Obanawev

    It added red edges to my pics.. That’ s because of the image size but why RED?:) This disappoints..

  • Hi,
    I have bitesms and it only shows the picture at the top near the status bar. So, I downloaded ChatPic and it works; however, it is using an avatar as my picture, but facebook pictures for the ones I’m messaging. How do I change my avatar to a picture of myself? Thanks for you time!