How To Change Outlook Profile Picture?

Last Updated on October 24, 2023 by Amit Bansal

In Outlook 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019, the profile picture is an underused feature that will add professionalism and character to your e-mail communications.

Profile picture in Outlook relates to contact picture saved in your contact/distribution list, setting profile images on the mobile phone of contacts is common, and mobile users fetch images and other details from social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

In this article, you will learn the step-by-step process of “How to Add/Edit Profile picture of your contact member and your own personal profile image“.

Even if you received an email message from your contact, you noticed there is a photo placeholder in the message header when viewing emails, the image is missing, it’s because at the time of creating the contact adding an image to that contact is missed.

Outlook takes the initials of the person’s name and considers the image of that contact [ref: image]

Change Profile Picture on Outlook

How to Change Your Profile PIC on Outlook App?

Here you will get steps to edit or insert a profile picture of the existing contract and add a picture for this new contact in Microsoft Outlook.

Let’s dive in:

  • Open Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 & Office 365.
  • Click the Contact (or People) icon in the Navigation Pane, button left-hand corner of the screen.
Create an Email Group in Outlook
  • Go to Home Tab >> Click New Contact
  • A new Contact creation dialog box appears, fill up all the contact details.
  • Click the Picture icon from the options area >> Hit Add Picture 
Add picture Outlook Profile
  • This step takes you to the picture gallery, select the desired image and Hit Open.
  • Complete the new contact creation, and then click the Save & Close button in the Contact window.

This process saves the image for the new contact, for existing contact follow the steps:

  • Open Outlook Office 365.
  • Click the Contact (or People) icon in the Navigation Pane, button left-hand corner of the screen.
  • Select existing contact, If you like to add a picture from the list, double-click on it.
  • Repeat the above process to add the image of the contact.

Add/Change Profile Picture on Outlook

Outlook allows the user to add an email address (IMAP, POP, or even Microsoft Exchange), In Microsoft Exchange, you can easily add/change your image or picture.

Here is the step-by-step process:

  • Open Microsoft Outlook
  • Click on File Tab >> Info
  • Select an email address having a Microsoft exchange server, Click Picture
Change Profile Picture on Outlook web
  • The next step redirects you to web-based, sign in, and then select Upload Photo to choose a photo from your system.
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Note: Image format must be [.jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp, or .tif].

How to change your Profile Photo or name in

This method will guide you to add or change the profile picture for your exchange account via the Outlook Web App.

  • Open the Outlook web application, Login to your account
  • Click on the top right-hand corner of the screen, select Profile, click Change Picture, and click Add a picture.
How to change your profile photo or name in
  • Choose the picture you want to use.
  • Adjust and select Save, and your profile pic is set in Outlook.

Note: It will take some time even 24 hours for changes to your profile photo.

Keeping a Profile image with your account always results in a professional outcome. In the article, “How to change Outlook profile picture“, we have covered every step to get your profile image into your email address.

Final Words

Whether you’re just setting up your account or you’re looking to update your existing photo, changing your profile picture in Outlook is a simple process.

Let’s walk through the steps so your Outlook profile can be as polished and professional as you are, helping to make your interactions in the digital world more personal and recognizable.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is my Outlook profile picture saved?

The profile pictures for this site are stored in a document library called “User Photos.” The pictures are stored in a folder inside the User Photo document library and are identified by the .jpg filename extension.

I changed my profile picture, but it’s not updating. Why?

Profile picture changes can sometimes take a while to propagate through all Microsoft services. Give it some time, and if it doesn’t update, try clearing your browser’s cache or restarting the Outlook app.

Can I use animated GIFs as my profile picture?

No, Outlook doesn’t support animated GIFs as profile pictures. You can only use static images like JPG, PNG, etc.

Is there a size limit for the profile picture I want to upload?

Yes, it’s best to use a square photo that’s at least 648×648 pixels.

How do I remove my profile picture completely?

In the same section where you update your photo, there should be an option to “Remove” or “Delete” the current picture.

Does changing my profile picture in Outlook change it for other Microsoft services?

Yes, when you change your profile picture in Outlook, it will also change it for other connected Microsoft services like Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and Office 365.

I’m using Outlook for Mac. Is the process different?

The general process is similar, but the interface and specific steps can vary slightly based on the version of Outlook for Mac you’re using. It’s best to navigate to the account or profile settings section and look for the profile picture option.

Can I change my profile picture through the Outlook mobile app?

Yes, you can change your profile picture through the Outlook mobile app. The steps can slightly differ depending on whether you’re using an Android or iOS device, but generally, you would navigate to your profile or account settings to find the option to change the photo.

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Hello, my name is Amit Kumar Bansal, and I am the founder of Through this blog, I focus on Microsoft Outlook, offering insightful and informative content. Additionally, I produce educational videos on YouTube to further enhance the understanding of my audience. visit my YouTube Channel

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