Cancel any plans you had for tonight, because if you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending the next few hours assigning photos to your whole contact list. That’s right, Google have finally addressed one of the biggest gripes that users have had with Android (1663 stars at the time of writing). For those not in the know, contact photos set in the Gmail contacts interface would get rescaled to 96×96, resulting in the kind of horrible pixelated mess you see below:


Jelly Bean introduced support for contact photos of up to 720×720, but a lack of support on the back end meant that the syncing was buggy and you’d still end up with downscaled images. But we can finally rejoice, because the Android and Gmail teams have finally decided to play nice with each other and sort this issue out.

The good news doesn’t stop there. The contacts UI has also received a facelift, complete with drag and drop support:


For some reason the new photo uploading UI isn’t yet available at, so you’ll have to access it via the Gmail interface. Your high resolution images should show up on your phone or tablet after the next contact sync, but if you really want to have some nerdy fun, go through your contact list opening up each contact and watching the photo automagically refresh to high resolution.


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    Ninel Nicolas

    So the sync works both ways now?


    I use the desktop version of Picasa to sort all of my photos. I thought this was fantastic years ago, because it also integrated with my Google account and I could associate faces with Google contacts and could upload these pictures to my Google contacts. However, I think Picasa reduces the size to 96×96 prior to uploading 🙁 meaning that this fix doesn’t help people who use Picasa to manage their contact photos. Anyone else in the same boat? Or have any idea of a work-around or when Google might address this? I’m guessing they probably won’t as they seem… Read more »


    When will they fix Facebook Sync though? 🙁

    Sam Cook

    Pretty sure I read on XDA that Facebook sync is broken at Facebook’s end – not in the OS. That being the case, we could be waiting a while to see it resolved. In the mean time, I’ve been using this app . Pulls across high res contact photos and statuses without any issue.


    Thanks for the heads up! 😀 cancelled Thursday drinks for this lolol

    Graham Bae

    Haha, I didn’t imagine that anyone would actually take that first part seriously!

    Buzz Moody


    Damon Lewis

    woah. FINALLY.