How to Create a Contact Poster in iOS 17 (2023)

if you’ve updated your iPhone to iOS 17, you now have access to Contact Posters—a feature that allows you to personalize how you appear on other people’s devices when contacting them. It works within the Contacts app, Phone app, FaceTime, Messages, and AirDrop, as well as third-party calling apps. You can customize the poster to include a photo or Memoji of yourself, as well as alter the font and color. Below, we break down all the steps on how to create and edit your very own.

For a full list of all the major features of Apple’s latest operating system and how to download it, check out our iOS 17 roundup.

How to Customize Your Contact Poster

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To start the process, open Contacts and tap My Card at the top of your contacts list. Then, tap on the section labeled Contact Photo & Poster and select Continue. From there, enter your name. This section is fully customizable. You can use your full name, just your first name, a nickname, or whatever your heart desires. If you choose to leave it blank, your phone number will appear instead.

Once that’s done, you can move on to the fun part: Choose Your Poster. This is the main image that will appear in addition to your contact name. You can pick from four options:

  • Camera: Take a photo right from the Camera app to set as your poster.
  • Photos: Scroll through your camera roll to choose an existing photo you’d like to use. You can pinch to crop it if needed.
  • Memoji: Whether it’s your own Memoji or one of Apple’s offerings, you can represent yourself as a cute animation. If you don’t like the existing expressions, you can use the front-facing camera to capture your own unique expression.
  • Monogram: If you don’t want to use an image, you can opt to display your initials instead.

Once you choose your visual, you can then edit the style, size, and color of the font. If you choose to use a photo (whether you take a new one or select one from your camera roll), you can apply a filter by swiping the left and cycling through the gallery. Depending on the filter, you can choose a background color too. If you go with a Memoji or monogram, you don’t have the ability to add a filter, but you can pick from the suggested background colors (you can edit how transparent or opaque it is using the slider) or choose your own using the color wheel.

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