Contact Photo

I have dozens of contacts in my iPhone that don’t have a picture attached to them. Sometimes, I’ll get a band’s information at a show and will even forget who they were months later. Pictures always help in situations like these. I’m better with faces than I am with names.

For a while now, Apple has included the ability to merge your friends’ Facebook information, including updated profile pictures, to your contacts in iOS. It only takes a few seconds and we’ve got a short tutorial for you below.

Before I go through the steps, I’d like to remind everyone that this is one of our basic how-to articles. We realize that most of our readers are far more advanced with their iOS device than this tutorial offers. If you already know how to add Facebook photos to iOS contacts, please feel free to skip this article. We won’t be mad. We won’t even know. Please refrain from posting comments about how everyone already knows how to do this. Not everyone does. We like to help out our less tech savvy readers, too.

How to Merge Facebook to iOS Contacts 2

The steps below will add all of your Facebook contacts into your iOS Contacts apps. Unfortunately, right now, there is no way to only add Facebook profiles to your existing contacts. So just keep in mind that everyone you are friends with on Facebook will be added to your contacts, even if you only know them from the social networking site. There is, however, a workaround that I explain below. But first.

Step 1: Install Facebook on your iOS device if you have not already.

Step 2: Go to Settings > Facebook.

Step 3: Under “Allow These Apps To Use Your Account,” Select “Contacts” and toggle the switch to the On position. This will sync your Facebook contacts to iOS. It may take a few minutes, depending on how many contacts you have.

Step 4: Open your Contacts app. Voila.

How to Merge Facebook to iOS Contacts 1

You will see an updated Facebook profile picture for contacts that previously had no picture at all. Plus, those contacts will also have more information listed, like relevant websites, email addresses, Facebook Messenger connections, and more.

If you had a picture already assigned to a friend, the Facebook profile one will not replace it. Your original image will remain.

You can still edit your contacts, even the new information that has been added from Facebook. For example, you can change a photo, add a phone number, or rename the contact.

There are some contacts that will show up as duplicates. This happens when the Facebook name does not match the name you added to iOS. For example, I have a friend named Josh, but because his Facebook name is Joshua, I now have two contacts for him. To merge and remove duplicate contacts, check out our other tutorial.

How to merge Facebook iOS Contacts

If you have friends that you only know via Facebook and you don’t want to see those contacts listed on your iPhone, there is no way to delete only those contacts from you iPhone. But you can hide them.

Step 1: While in the Contacts app, tap “Groups” in the upper left corner of the screen.

Step 2: Make sure the first tab reads “Show All Contacts.” If it reads “Hide All Contacts,” tap it to switch it to the show action.

Step 3: De-select “All Facebook” under the Facebook option.

This will hide all of those random friends-of-friends you have on Facebook, but don’t really know in real life. However, the names that you already had in your iOS Contacts app before the big merge will still be there.

If you change your mind and decide that you don’t want to connect Facebook to your iOS contacts at all, you can reverse the process by turning off the Contacts toggle in the Facebook actions of your Settings app.

That’s all there is to it. Now, you can see ever-changing pictures of your friends and family thanks to being able to connect their Facebook profile to your iOS contacts.

  • PSI70Y

    You can do the same by going to Setting -> Facebook -> “Update all contacts”. It will search the email address associated with that contact and lookup against Facebook and update the contact pic. Same thing works for Twitter. No need to enable access to your contacts

    • Michelle Ziegenhagen

      Yes, you can do the “Update All” and not have all the contacts in your phone… Only problem is what happens when you do that… and it still doesn’t download the photo. It is driving me insane. I don’t know why it isn’t doing it.

  • Abdo

    Sync.Me does the same work

    • praz

      and better at it , unknown contacts dont get synced.

    • Mihai Alexandru Fustos is dead for me for more then 1 week, i got premium and still a shity app, doesn’t keep pictures to full screen, and don’t sync manually assigned contacts. and the last thing is anoing is the very poor support they have!!!

  • Ali Majid

    But there is no numbers what is the point ???

  • gittlopctbi

    Yes! I like the disclaimer. You could also add a sentence for advanced users to read the basic “how to” article and contribute like PS170Y and Abdo did.

  • George

    Ok so I just got into using iphones, and ive done the above steps, but their photos are still not showing up. Why might this be happening?

  • George

    Ive gone through this Setting -> Facebook -> “Update all contacts” process a few times. Its only updated like 3 contacts. Most of my contacts im also friends with on facebook, but their photos arent showing up. I think ill have to resort to downloading a photo from their FB and use that for their contact photo.

  • Marc

    Thank you for this. I’m new to iOS so this simple tutorial was very helpful. One problem : it doesn’t work. I’m on iPhone 6 with all the latest update goodness. Any ideas?

  • Carl Monson

    didn’t work for me either .. new 6 plus 🙁

    • Johnnie Edwards

      Me either – same phone

  • Randle Eichelberger

    I Just upgraded to an iPhone 6+ and I have been having an issue with the feature that uses email addresses and Facebook to update my iPhone contacts photo. Their profile photo on Facebook is supposed to update once the update contacts link is pressed in iPhone settings under Facebook app. However, not only is it not working, the photo that displays, if any is a photo my contacts used several months ago. Any ideas? Could this have to do with iCloud syncs?

    • Jenna Berry


  • P M

    not working. followed all the steps to the T.

  • Neil

    I added a new contact last night for the first time on iOS 8, and then went into Settings > Facebook and did the usual update contacts. When I went back to the contact, I saw that it had added a link to their Facebook profile, but didn’t update their contact photo.

    Has anyone else run into this and any ideas on how to get this working?

    • John White

      I finally got this to work. On your mac go into settings>Internet Accounts> Facebook and click on details. Then type your password in. and ‘OK’. If it connects correctly then ‘Update Profile Photos’

      • Tasha

        What about those without a Mac? I’ve been having this problem as well.

      • OMG you’re brilliant! I’ve been trying to figure this out for way too long. Thanks!

  • Renata Almeida

    what if it doesse`t work for every contact even though having the same name in my contacts and facebook?

  • Angelo Manzano Works

    Download the Contact Faces App from the App Store for $1.99 and Boom. Fixed.

  • I tried, but didn`t work for me. I am using iPhone7.