I have a Samsung Galaxy S8+. I have a few contacts who have not set a profile picture within WhatsApp. Previously, it would automatically substitute their lack of profile picture with whatever picture I had set for them in my Samsung Contacts app.

Yesterday, I have wiped my device and upgraded to the latest Android 9.0 Pie Beta (build ZSAI) and I've noticed in WhatsApp, this no longer happens.

Despite the contact having a picture in my Contacts app, WhatsApp just shows a white person on a grey background.

I've looked through the settings and permissions. I can't see anything obvious, but I expect I'm missing something silly.

Any suggestions?

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • SM-G955F
  • Android 9.0
  • Build number PPR1.180610.011.G995FXXU4ZSAI
  • WhatsApp version 2.19.34


  • WhatsApp really does that? I mean it can substitute the user profile with the one in the contact app? I think you don't see profile pictures of contacts who don't have you in there contact list (if enable in their settings)
    – esQmo_
    Feb 20, 2019 at 13:14
  • These are definitely contacts that have me in their contacts list (mostly my Mum and girlfriend :) ) It definitely used to do it before. It would only do it if the user did not have their own profile picture within WhatsApp... so it used to be WhatsApp profile -> Contacts profile -> Blank image, in that order. Maybe it's an old feature that doesn't exist any more, but it was definitely working before Feb 20, 2019 at 13:20

1 Answer 1


WhatsApp has removed that feature for some time now (i.e using the photo from phone contact). When you upgraded Android, you must have also downloaded the latest version of WhatsApp.

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