How to Change WhatsApp Profile Picture (and Create Avatar)
In this post, you’ll see the steps to set, change or delete the profile picture on your WhatsApp account.
Also, you’ll see how to create, use and delete an avatar on WhatsApp. Let’s start.
Set or Change WhatsApp Profile Picture
To set or change a profile picture, open WhatsApp and hit the three vertical dots at the top right.
Select “Settings” and hit your name at the top.
Hit the “Camera” icon at the top, and you can see these three options:
- Avatar – This is for setting the avatar as your DP.
- Camera – This is for taking a picture and setting it as a DP (Display Picture).
- Gallery – This is for choosing an image and setting it as DP.
Choose any of the above options. I prefer the “Gallery” here.
After choosing the picture, bring the part of the image you want as DP into the square. Use the handles or rotate option if you wish.
Hit “Done” at the bottom right, and that’s it.
Also, note that you can tap the DP to view it and the “Trash can” icon, which removes the profile photo. Hit it and select “Remove” from the popup.
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To set a profile picture on WhatsApp for iPhone, open WhatsApp and hit the “Settings” tab.
Hit your name at the top and select “add photo” on the top left. You can now view these options: “Use Avatar,” “Take Photo,” and “Choose Photo.”
The first is for setting the avatar as your profile picture. The second is for taking a photo and setting it as a DP, and the latter is for choosing a photo as DP.
Choose one of the above. I use the “Take Photo” here.
After taking a photograph, hit “Use Photo” at the bottom right. Move the picture and bring the part you want to be the profile picture in the circle.
Hit “Done” at the bottom right.
To change the profile picture, tap your profile picture. Tap the “Edit” option at the top right, and you can view these options:
- Delete Photo – To remove DP, hit this one and “Delete Photo” in the popup.
- Use Avatar – For using your avatar as a profile picture.
- Take Photo – Take a picture and set it as a DP.
- Choose Photo – To choose a picture as DP.
Choose any of the above (except the first one) if you prefer to change the DP.
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To set DP, hit the “Account” icon in the left sidebar of the WhatsApp Web.
Click “Add Profile Photo,” and you can see these two options:
- Take photo – This is for taking a picture and setting it as DP.
- Upload Photo – This is for choosing a photo and setting it as DP.
Please select the one you prefer, and I chose the latter here.
Select the image and click on the “Open” button.
Bring the part of the image you want as DP into the circle and use the “+” and “-” if you wish. The former is for zooming in, and the latter is for zooming out.
Hit the “Tick” icon.
If you want to change the WhatsApp profile photo, hit the current one, and you can see these options:
“Take photo” and “Upload Photo,” which you saw earlier, and you need to use one of those to change DP.
“View Photo” is for viewing the DP, and “Remove Photo” removes it. Choose the latter and hit “Remove” in the popup if you want to remove it.
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Open the WhatsApp Desktop app and hit the “Account” icon at the bottom left.
Click on the “Account” icon above your name and select the image you like.
Hit the “Open” button, and that’s all.
To change your DP, hit the current one at the bottom left. Click on your DP, and you can see these three options:
- Remove image – Hit it to remove the profile picture.
- View image – This is for viewing the profile photo.
- Change image – This is for changing DP. Choose it, select the picture, and hit “Open.”
Create WhatsApp Avatar
The “Avatar” feature on WhatsApp lets you create an avatar. Note that the profile picture privacy setting applies to the avatar too.
Here are the steps to create an avatar on WhatsApp:
Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android phone.
On Android, hit three vertical dots at the top right, and select “Settings.” On iPhone, hit the “Settings” tab at the bottom.
Tap the “Avatar” and hit the “Create Your Avatar” button.
Hit the “Get started” button.
Choose your skin tone and hit “Next.” Now set the following as per your preference:
- Hairstyle (and color)
- Eye shape (color and makeup)
- Eyebrows (and color)
- Nose (and nose piercings)
- Mouth (and lip color)
- Face shape (markings and lines)
- Facial hair (and color)
- Ear piercings (hearing devices and color)
- Eyewear (and color)
- Headwear (and color)
Tap “Done” at the top right and hit “Save changes.”
Hit the “Next” button, and you can see your avatar.
Go to WhatsApp Settings and hit “Avatar.”
Tap the avatar to see it in full screen.
To edit an avatar, hit the “Pencil” icon beside your avatar on Android. On iPhone, tap “Edit Avatar.”
You can now make changes to it. Once you finished changing, hit “Done” at the top right. Tap “Save changes,” and that’s it.
To delete an avatar, tap “Delete avatar” and hit “Delete” in the popup.
Once you’ve created your avatar, you’ll have stickers with it. Tap “Browse stickers” to see those. To see the preview of a sticker, tap it.
To use these stickers in your chat, follow these steps:
On iPhone, tap the “Sticker” icon in the compose box. On Android, tap the “Emoji” icon in the compose box. Navigate to the “Avatar” tab and select the one you prefer.
The “Create profile photo” option is to set your avatar as the profile photo. Tap it, and choose the background and a sticker of your avatar. On Android, tap the “Tick” icon, and that’s all. On iPhone, tap “Done” at the top right, and that’s it.