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I don't want any profile pics to appear for any contacts in Whatsapp on my HTC One X, any idea if this is possible?

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Until and unless the app doesn't provide the functionality there is nothing an end use can do except request them for the feature.

One difficult and less possible way though would be to monitor the data transfer whatsapp makes and see if it uses different subdomain or IP for pictures like pics.whatsapp.com. If they do so then you can block that particular subdomain. But this might cause the app to misbehave.

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After Facebook bought Whatsapp messenger, they have added new privacy settings for last seen, profile photo and status to make them visible to either everybody, your contacts or no body.

From Whatsapp FAQ:

How do I configure my Privacy Settings?

By default, WhatsApp will automatically set your Privacy Settings to allow any WhatsApp user to view your last seen, profile photo and status. If you don't share your last seen, you won't be able to see other people's last seen. Please note there is no way to hide your online status.

To change these settings, simply go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy.

You can set the following options separately for last seen, profile photo and/or status.

Everyone
Your last seen, profile photo and/or status will be available to all WhatsApp users.

My Contacts
Your last seen, profile photo and/or status will be available to your contacts from your address book only.

Nobody
Your last seen, profile photo and/or status will not be available to anyone

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I think the OP is talking about other users' pictures on his/her phone, not the other way around –  golimar Jul 24 at 14:41

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