How to Change Your Apple ID Profile Picture

Update your profile with a new photo

What to Know

  • iPhone/iPad: Settings > [your name] > Edit in the Apple ID profile photo > Take Photo or Choose Photo > Choose.
  • Mac: Apple menu > System Preferences > Edit (in Apple ID profile photo next to name) > choose source of the photo > Save.
  • iCloud: iCloud's site > log in > Account Settings > Edit in Apple ID profile photo next to name > drag a photo into the box > Done.

This article explains how to change your Apple ID profile photo on iPhone/iPad, Mac, and on the web.

How Can You Change Your Apple ID Profile Photo? 

Your Apple ID profile photo is used for a lot of things. It shows up in email inboxes on Apple products, appears in your Settings app and the App Store, and more. You don't have to be stuck with the photo you chose when setting up your device, though. You can freshen up the look of your Apple ID profile by changing your picture.

You can change your Apple ID profile photo from almost any device where it's displayed. Here are three different ways to update your look in your Apple ID.

How to Change Your Apple ID Profile Photo on iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap [your name].

  3. Tap Edit in the photo at the top of the screen.

    Navigate to your Apple ID image on an iPhone.
  4. Tap Take Photo to take a selfie right then, Choose Photo to select a photo stored in your pre-installed Photos app, or Browse to browse images stored in the Files app.

  5. Adjust the photo so the section you want to use is in the frame. More on editing your profile photo in the next section.

    Choosing and replacing an image for your Apple ID on an iPhone.
  6. Tap Choose.

How to Change Your Apple ID Profile Photo on a Mac

If you want to change your Apple ID Profile photo from your Mac computer, you can do that, too.

  1. Click the Apple menu.

  2. Click System Preferences.

    System Preferences menu item selected on a Mac.
  3. Hover the mouse over your profile photo or icon in the top left corner of the window.

    Your Apple ID image highlighted in System Preferences on a Mac.
  4. Click Edit.

  5. Choose from the pre-loaded images in Default, take a selfie by clicking Camera, browse your Photos app by clicking Photos, or take a selfie using the Photo Booth app. If you take a selfie, position it in the frame how you like it.

    Choosing where you'd like to pick an image from to replace your Apple ID on a Mac.
  6. Click Save.

How to Change Your Apple ID Profile Photo on

If you can't get to a Mac computer to change your Apple ID Profile picture, you can do it from iCloud on any computer. Here's how.

  1. Go to and log in with the Apple ID whose profile photo you want to change.

  2. Click Account Settings.

    The main iCloud page after you log in in a web browser.
  3. Hover the mouse over your profile photo or icon in the top left corner.

  4. Click Edit.

    iCloud account settings screen in a web browser.
  5. Drag a photo into the frame and position it in the way you want it.

  6. Click Done.

    Final steps to adding a photo to an Apple ID in iCloud via a web browser.

Your profile photo isn't the only part of your Apple ID you can change. You can also edit your billing address, payment information, and much more.

Can You Edit Your Apple ID Profile Picture?

You have some control over how your Apple ID profile picture looks. If you want to do any serious editing—like applying filters and effects, or adding text—you'll need to use a photo-editing program. But you can control the placement, size, and zoom of most Apple ID profile pictures. Here's how:

  1. Using any of the instructions above, follow the steps up to the point where you have added a photo and it's showing in the circular frame.

  2. You can move the position of the picture in the frame by dragging it around. The section in grey edges of the window won't be used.

  3. You can also zoom in on the photo to focus on a particular aspect of it. Do this on the iPhone and iPad by pinching and zooming. On the Mac and iCloud, drag the slider left and right to enlarge or shrink the picture.

  • How do I change my Apple ID?

    To change the email address associated with your Apple ID, go to the official Apple ID site, and then click Apple ID. Enter the new email address in the box. If you use a third-party provider (Google, Yahoo, etc.), you'll receive a confirmation message that you must address before the switch is complete.

  • How do I reset my Apple ID password?

    The quickest way to reset your Apple ID password is to go to the iCloud site ( and click the Forgot Apple ID or password link. You can also change your password on your iPhone: Go to Settings > your name > Password & Security > Change Password. On a Mac, go to System Preferences > Apple ID > Password & Security > Change Password.

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