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I use Local Sync as my main address book. Several of my contacts are linked to different address books (e.g. LinkedIn, Skype, Whatsapp, Viber).

In my case, I found a contact having a very beautiful photo in Viber but I chose to set an old ugly picture in my address book

The question is: how do I tell Android to select the contact picture to display for a given contact not from Gallery/Camera apps but from that same contact's linked Viber account?

The question can be generalized and rephrased to cover not only Viber:

how do I tell Android to select the contact picture to display for a given contact not from Gallery/Camera apps but from one of that same contact's linked accounts?
  • It seems that the app "Local Sync" doesn't exist any more in the Google Play store. – Flimm May 5 '18 at 7:16
  • yes, rip Local Sync. The best Android/Outlook synchronizer I ever found – usr-local-ΕΨΗΕΛΩΝ May 5 '18 at 10:58
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I just found the answer, which is a little tricky.

In general

When you need to set a default picture t oa contact who is linked to others, simply press MENU and go to Defaults menu. There you have the Caller ID setting in which you can choose the picture being displayed on call.

In the Viber case

That is not possible, since Viber doesn't actually create linked accounts, unlike Whatsapp. If the application that allows people to set a photo to themselves and manages contacts doesn't implement writing to address book that won't be possible

  • I don't see a "Defaults" menu. Could you share a screenshot of where you found this menu? – Flimm Aug 31 '17 at 13:58
  • I discovered that it depends on the Android Contacts application in use, which varies among Android version and phone vendor – usr-local-ΕΨΗΕΛΩΝ Aug 31 '17 at 14:19
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For Viber, use Viber Contact Photo Sync. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.booleanaxis.vibercontactphotosync2

For Whatsapp use: Contact Photo Sync

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