Contact Posters is the first iOS 17 feature you should try — here's how to make one

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iOS 17:

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- Compatibility: iPhone XR and later
- Release date:
September 18
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Contact Posters on iOS 17 make your iPhone look and feel better than ever before, and the perfect way to make your iPhone feel new, even if you've not purchased an iPhone 15.

iOS 17 Contact Posters are the new way to customize your iPhone, and the feature takes inspiration from everything that made the Lock Screen changes in iOS 16 so much fun.

Creating your Contact Poster is the first thing you'll do after installing iOS 17, and there are loads of fun ways to make yours unique. 

In this how-to, you’ll learn how to customize your iOS 17 Contact Poster so that whenever you call your friends or family, they see your personality shine through.

Here’s how to customize your iOS 17 Contact Poster.

How to customize your iOS 17 Contact Poster

How to download and install iOS 17

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"Contact Posters in iOS 17 are so much fun. I've had a blast making mine look as good as possible so whenever I phone a family member or friend they get to see my beautiful face in all its glory."

Apple says that Contact Posters on iOS 17 provide a “new way for users to express themselves. Users can customize how they appear, bringing a completely new look to incoming calls, and choose beautiful treatments for photos or Memoji, as well as eye-catching typography and font colors. Contact Posters will also be available for third-party calling apps.”

  1. After first installing iOS 17, you’ll be prompted by a splash screen asking to Update Your Name and Photo. Tap Continue. Otherwise, you can access the Contact Posters settings later in the Contacts or Phone apps
  2. Select from one of four poster types - Camera, Photos, Memoji, and Monogram. If you customized your Lock Screen on iOS 16, this will feel very familiar. All allow for text, image, and background customization

iOS 17 Contact Poster

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  1. For this example, I selected Memoji. Pick from the different facial expressions and Tap your name to choose different colors and fonts. You can also change the background color by tapping the circle in the bottom right corner
  2. Tap Done. You can choose to use this photo on your Apple ID and My Card by tapping Use

iOS 17 Contact Poster

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That’s all there is to it. Now every time you phone a friend, this full-screen iOS 17 Contact Poster will greet them. I can’t wait to see how people customize their Contact Poster so that every phone call is a surprise.

How to edit iOS 17 Contact Posters for contacts

Contact Posters on iOS 17 aren’t just for yourself. You can also edit the Contact Poster for your friends and family so that when they call, you see what YOU want to see, not what they want you to see. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open Contacts
  2. Find the contact you want to edit and tap their Contact Card
  3. Tap Edit, then Edit again under their profile picture
  4. Tap Customize, then Poster
  5. Customize their iOS 17 Contact Poster just like you did in the steps above

iOS 17 Contact Poster

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One more thing... add some flair to Contacts with iOS 17

Contact Posters is one of the standout features on iOS 17. This is the first time since the launch of iOS that incoming calls take full advantage of the beautiful touchscreen on your iPhone - and I really love it.

With the arrival of the iPhone 15 alongside the iPhone 15 Pro, there's loads to look forward to for iPhone users. If you're lucky enough to purchase a new iPhone, you'll be able to use the new camera systems to take beautiful portrait photography that will make your Contact Posters stand out from the crowd.

And if you're not going to be getting a new iPhone, you still get to enjoy iOS 17. Make sure to create your very own Contact Poster as soon as you install the latest update. Whether that means you use a Portrait headshot or a Memoji, the choice is yours.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.