How to Set a Memoji as an Apple ID Photo

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If you're an Apple enthusiast, you're probably familiar with Memojis. This is a relatively new feature that lets you create an avatar of yourself. You can customize it with different costumes, hats, beards, hair colors, facial expressions or whatever you like.

A Memoji can be the perfect way to unleash your creativity and express yourself better. They are not only used for Apple ID photos but also serve as animated emojis in iMessage conversations. But how do you go about setting one up on your device?



In this entry, we are going to show you how to set a Memoji as your Apple ID photo or contact photo and create more exciting chats with your friends and family.

How to Set Memoji as Apple ID Photo

If your Apple device is running iOS 13 or later, you can ditch that old-school avatar in favor of a custom memoji that stands out. You can set a Memoji as an Apple ID photo in two ways:

Setting up Memoji via iMessage

iMessage – Apple's proprietary messaging app – lets you set a profile picture that will appear next to your messages.

When setting up the profile photo, iOS gives you the option to use this photo as your Apple ID photo. You can take advantage of this opportunity and create a personalized memoji that will act as your Apple ID photo. Here's how:

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  2. Tap "Messages".
  3. Tap "Share name and photo".
  4. Enter your first and last names in the text fields provided.
  5. Tap “Add photo”.
  6. Choose one of the predefined Memojis. If you want to be more creative, tap "+" to create a personalized Memoji that reflects your appearance, facial expressions, and headgear. If your device supports Face ID, you can take a selfie and any pose you want to use in your Memoji.
  7. Once you're done creating the memoji, tap "Done."
  8. At this point, you'll see a pop-up asking if you want the memoji you just created to double as your Apple ID photo. Tap "Use" to confirm.
  9. Tap "Done" in the upper right corner of your screen to complete the process.

Setting up Memoji via the Settings app

If you want to use different photos in iMessage and Apple ID, the approach detailed above will not work as it merges the two. Luckily, you can still set a Memoji from the Settings app without opening iMessage. The downside is that you won't be able to create a Memoji directly. You can only take a photo or choose one from your local storage. Here's how:



  1. Make sure you have a premade memoji sticker or a custom memoji in your local storage.
  2. Open Settings on your device.
  3. Tap your name.
  4. Tap the designated circular space for photos. If you're already using a photo as part of your Apple ID, just tap it to see all the available photo editing options.
  5. Tap "Choose Photo," then navigate to the folder where you saved your Memoji.
  6. Use the onscreen tools to move and resize the photo as you see fit.
  7. Tap "Done".

And that's all! Your new Memoji will now appear in your Apple ID on all your devices.

How to Set a Memoji as a Contact Photo on an iPad

The Apple Contacts app is a program that allows you to easily contact your friends and family through various apps, including email, iMessage, and FaceTime. The app automatically syncs your contacts across all your devices.

There can't be a better way to stand out than to set a Memoji as your contact photo on your iPad. To get the right look, you can select a pre-made emoji that closely resembles your own face or choose from different skin tones, hair colors, and facial features.

Unlike Apple ID, Contacts app supports instant creation of Memoji. This means that you don't need to download an external copy which might not have all the qualities you are looking for.

Here's how to set a Memoji as a contact photo on an iPad:


  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Tap on “My card”.
  3. Tap "Edit" in the top right corner of your screen.
  4. Tap the designated circular space for your photo. If you have already uploaded a contact photo, just tap on the edit button that appears below.
  5. Choose from one of the preset Memojis or create one instantly using the on-screen tools.
  6. Tap "Done" to complete the process and save changes.

And There you go! Your Memoji will now appear on iMessage, FaceTime, and even in your emails. You can replace it as many times as you want until you find the perfect image.


How to Set Memoji as Contact Photo on iPhone

Setting a Memoji as a contact photo on an iPhone is no different than setting one on an iPad:


  1. Open your device and go to the Contacts app.
  2. Tap on “My card”.
  3. Tap "Edit" in the upper right corner. This will allow you to edit your contact details, including your name, phone number, email address and contact photo.
  4. Tap your avatar.
  5. Select one of the predefined emojis or create a new one with the desired pose.
  6. Tap "Done" to complete the process and save changes.

How to Set a Memoji as a Contact Photo on a Mac

If your Mac is running macOS Big Sur, you can create as many memojis as you want and use them as your contact photo. Here's how:

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  2. Click on “Messages”.
  3. Click on “Set up name and photo sharing”.
  4. Tap the "Continue" button to set a name and photo that will show up in all of your communication apps.
  5. Enter your first and last name in the text fields provided.
  6. Click on "Customise".
  7. Choose one of the predefined emojis or have fun creating one that reflects your preferences and tastes.
  8. Click "Done" to finish.
  9. At this point, you'll see a pop-up asking if you want to use your new Memoji as your Apple ID and contact photo. Tap "Use" to confirm.
  10. You will be asked if you want your new photo automatically added to your contact information or if you prefer to be asked each time before the photo is shared. Choose the option that interests you, then click "Done".

Be you !

Memojis are a fun way to personalize your messages and show off what makes you, well, you.


They're also a great marketing tool for brands that want to connect with their audience in new and exciting ways. If you're looking for ways to engage your customers and stand out from your competition in an increasingly digital world, Memojis should have a place in your arsenal.

Remember that setting up Memojis only works in iOS 13 or later. If your device is running iOS 12 or any of its predecessors, you should upgrade to the latest operating system to enjoy the coolest memojis on the market or create new ones that represent who you are and what you love.

Do you have a personalized Memoji in your Contacts app or Apple ID? We would like to know how you define them and how you have overcome the challenges you may have encountered along the way.

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