I just upgraded to Android 5.0 which made all my contacts' random colours even more prominent.

Is it possible to customize the colour for each contact? For example, if I don't like that Mister Brown got a green background, can I change that, haha?

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    Well, I don't know quite well about it but I ran down a little googling over it and according to a post over reddit "icons change color depending upon the picture" So I would say try changing the picture and see if the color changes or not I can't confirm this as still I am not running Lollipop over any of my device. Nov 18, 2014 at 7:09
  • Thanks, Peter. The problem is most contacts have no picture. I don't really want to add pictures to all of them, so changing just the colour would be awesome.
    – Francisc
    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:49
  • Well at this point I can't add up more over here. I'll try a little more googling and will let you know about it, if I came up with something that would help you ! Nov 18, 2014 at 9:52
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    Thanks again. I Google'd this myself before posting. I think Android 5 is still too new.
    – Francisc
    Nov 18, 2014 at 13:34

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Go to google messenger app. (The new SMS app from Google) -> go into a conversation with the contact you want to change colors -> press the three dots on top -> pick People & options -> around the end you'll see a small color palette where you can go in and change the color.

It seems that it currently works ONLY for people you texted (only through the messenger app).

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    Yeah, I know about that but it doesn't (yet?) propagate to the Contacts app.
    – Francisc
    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:44
  • Cool! I'm using messenger now.
    – Gqqnbig
    Mar 13, 2015 at 18:19
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    Yep, this only changes colours in the Google Messenger App, which I don't even use, and had to install. It doesn't change colour in the Contact app, nor the (Cyanogenmod) stock messaging app.
    – Sparhawk
    Feb 27, 2016 at 4:56

I can't find a way to change the color of a contact either, but did find an inconvenient workaround. It's really only useful for a few contacts (I just cared about those on speed dial).

Find a contact with the color you do want, then change the name and number. Then make a new contact for the one whose information you deleted (or switch them). The color will stay the same.

So if I want Mr. Green to be green even though his contact color is blue, I can go find a green contact (say, Bob), change the name, number, and anything else to fit Mr. Green, then make a new entry for Bob.

Mr. Brown is out of luck though, since there is no brown.

  • Haha, yeah, but that'll take ages. Still, good workaround.
    – Francisc
    Dec 15, 2014 at 16:24

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