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How to create a Contact Poster on iPhone in iOS 17

iOS 17 is a huge update for iPhone owners, introducing a number of new features including Check-In, Standby Mode and Contact Posters, a new way to display caller information. But what exactly is Contact Posters, and how do you set it up?

The idea behind Contact Posters is a simple one; rather than just displaying whatever name you’re stored as on your friend or family member’s phone, Contact Posters allow you to customise the image and name that people see when you call. 

You can not only edit your name, but add a full-screen photo and other effects to make it easier to see who’s calling at a glance, and it’ll appear on anybody’s iPhone running iOS 17 when you give them a call.

It’s a cool new feature for iPhone users who have installed the iOS 17 update, but in true Apple fashion, it’s not something you’ll be prompted to set up. Instead, it’s something you’re left to discover yourself.

Well, not any more. We at Trusted Reviews are iOS 17 experts, and here, we’ll explain exactly what you need to do to create a Contact Poster in iOS 17. The best part? It’s not just limited to your own contact details. 

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What you’ll need: 

  • An iPhone
  • iOS 17

The Short Version 

  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Tap your Contact at the top of the page.
  3. Tap Contact Photo & Poster.
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Tap Customise.
  6. Tap Poster.
  7. Customise your Contact Poster.
  8. Tap Done to save your changes.
  9. Tap the new Contact Poster to use it.
  1. Step

    Open the Contacts app

    The first step is to open the Contacts app – the app with an address book icon, if you’re unfamiliar. It’s usually on the first page of the Home screen by default, but you might’ve moved or removed it since you got your iPhone. Contact app on iOS

  2. Step

    Tap your Contact at the top of the page

    Tap on your contact at the top of the list of your contacts. My Contact in Contacts app

  3. Step

    Tap Contact Photo & Poster

    Tap Contact Photo & Poster to start the setup process on your Contact Poster. Contact Photo & Poster option in Contacts app

  4. Step

    Tap Edit

    From this menu, you’ll preview your current Contact Photo and Contact Poster. To customise either, tap the Edit button. Edit Contact Poster button

  5. Step

    Tap Customise

    Swipe between the various Contact Posters (you can create multiple and switch between them as you see fit) and find one you’d like to edit. Tap Customise beneath the preview to get started.Customise Contact Poster button

  6. Step

    Tap Poster

    You’ll then be asked whether you want to customise the Contact Photo (the small thumbnail image shown in Messages and other apps) or the Poster. Tap Poster to continue. Customise Contact Poster iOs 17

  7. Step

    Customise your Contact Poster

    From here you can customise your Contact Poster however you’d like; tap the name to adjust not only the name but the font, size and colour, add a photo of you (portrait images work best here) and add one of a number of lock screen-esque image effects to complete the look.Editing your Contact Poster

  8. Step

    Tap Done to save your changes

    Once you’re happy with the look of your Contact Poster, tap Done in the top-right corner to save your changes.Save Contact Poster changes

  9. Step

    Tap the new Contact Poster to select it

    You’re almost there – simply tap the new Contact Poster you created to use it going forward. Tap your Contact Poster to select


Can I add Contact Posters for other contacts?

While most iOS 17 users will want to customise their own Contact Posters, what about those running older versions of iOS or those on Android? You can create your own Contact Poster on a per-app basis – just tap the contact in the Contacts app, tap Edit and follow the on-screen prompts to customise the look.

Can I choose who can see my Contact Poster?

Yes, absolutely. You can change your privacy settings by going to Phone > Contacts tab > My Card > Contact Photo & Poster > Toggle on Name & Photo Sharing and selecting either Contacts Only or Always Ask, depending on your preferences. 

Can iOS 16 users see my Contact Poster?

Unfortunately not – only other iPhone users on iOS 17 will be able to see your Contact Poster when calling. 

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