How to Change Your Profile Picture on Messenger?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Change Your Profile Picture on Messenger?

Do you want to change your profile picture on Facebook Messenger, but you don’t know how?

It might seem confusing at first because there doesn’t seem to be any option to change your profile picture on Messenger.

And there isn’t.

You can’t change your profile picture from Messenger.

How to change your profile picture on Messenger?

You have to do it from Facebook. Once you get to Facebook, changing your profile picture is simple:

  1. Go to your Profile
  2. Tap on your Profile Picture
  3. Tap on “Select Profile Picture
  4. Select a new profile picture
  5. Save your changes

That’s how you change your profile picture on Messenger.

For a detailed guide on how to do this, keep reading!

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How to Change Your Profile Picture on Messenger?

How Can You Change Your Profile Picture on Messenger?

Messenger is a subsidiary app of Facebook, which means they’re closely connected.

If you change your profile picture on Facebook, the changes will be reflected on Messenger too.

Facebook should add an option to change your profile picture to Messenger, but they haven’t.

Your only choice is to go to Facebook to change your profile picture.

Follow the steps below to do it:

1. Open Facebook and open your profile page

Open Facebook and open your profile page
Open Facebook and open your profile page

To change your profile picture, open Facebook on your mobile phone.

This will take you to your Feed, where you can see what your friends are posting.

Look in the top-left corner for your profile picture.

Tap on your profile picture to go to your profile page.

2. Tap on your profile picture

Tap on your profile picture
Tap on your profile picture

Once you get to your profile page, changing your profile picture is simple.

Tap on your profile picture again. Or tap on the little camera icon next to your profile picture.

This will open a new menu with several options.

You need to select the “Select profile picture” from that menu.

Select profile picture
Select profile picture

After you tap on this option, a new window will open up with all your photos in one place.

3. Select your new profile picture

Select your new profile picture
Select your new profile picture

You can choose your new profile picture in the “Select a photo” menu.

The menus at the top are the various categories for all the photos on your phone.

Find the photo you want to put as your new profile picture and tap on it.

This will take you to the preview screen, where you can customize your profile picture.

4. Tap on “Save.”

Tap on “Save”
Tap on “Save”

This is the “Preview profile picture” screen, where you can adjust the zoom of the profile picture, add a frame, and say something about it.

When you change your profile picture, it’ll appear as a new update on your feed.

If you want to change this setting, disable the “Share your update to News Feed” option.

This way, your friends won’t be notified that you changed your profile picture.

After you’re done, tap on “Done” to finish the procedure and change your profile picture on Messenger and Facebook.

If you open Messenger, you’ll see that your profile picture has changed.

It changes at the same time that your profile picture on Facebook does.

Conclusion

It’s not hard to change your profile picture on Facebook.

But you may be confused about why you can’t change your profile picture on Messenger.

That’s because there isn’t an option for this. Instead, you’ll need to change it from the Facebook app.

Go to your profile – Profile Picture – Select New Picture – Done.

That’s the process of changing your profile picture on Facebook.

The next time you want to do this, follow the same steps, and you’ll be done in a few seconds!

Can I have different profile pictures on Facebook and Messenger?

No, you can’t. That’s because Facebook and Messenger share the same database.

Both apps are under the Facebook umbrella. Any change you make to Facebook will be carried over to Messenger and vice-versa.

If you block a friend on Facebook, that friend will remain blocked on Messenger too.

Think of Messenger as the messaging feature of Facebook, the social media platform.

They’re all part of the same whole, and they share all their information.

Can you change your profile picture on Messenger without Facebook?

No, you can’t. To change your profile picture on Messenger, you need the Facebook app.

That’s because Facebook is the main app, while Messenger is a secondary app to Facebook.

Messenger has limited features when compared to Facebook. You can’t do too many things from Messenger.

Fortunately, you can change your profile picture on the mobile and desktop versions of Facebook.

If you don’t have computer access, use your mobile phone and vice-versa!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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