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I dislike how people use full body pictures for their contact images when its an small image. When I link the accounts in my Android, I chose a picture that looks good and helps me identify them easily. But in whatsapp, when these people chose their profile picture, they override my selection.

Is there a way to fix this?

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Give up! :) You can't do anything with people and their stupid profile pictures. Half of my friends either have a group shot or a picture with their partners. It's annoying as hell but the work required is not in proportion with the benefits. –  Richard Borcsik Jun 28 '12 at 21:21
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For now there isn't, unless an add-ons for WhatsApp will enable this or they built it in themselves. It's comparable to Facebook, user set their own avatar and this can be seen by friends. This works unlike your contact list in which you control the content and other users have no say in adjusting the content.

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