Caller ID photo on iPhone pixel size

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Caller ID photo on iPhone pixel size
Ensure your contact photo fits the iPhone's display screen. (Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Assigning a photo to a contact stored in your Apple iPhone's address book automatically displays the photo on the screen when you receive an incoming call from your contact. Although the iPhone automatically moves or scales the image to fit the device's display screen, knowing the correct screen pixel dimensions enables you to create an image that is exactly the right size to fit the screen perfectly without the need for automatic scaling.

IPhone screen pixel sizes

The size of your iPhone's screen determines the number of pixels used to display the contact photo when you receive an incoming call. The iPhone 5's screen resolution is 1,136 pixels by 640 pixels, while both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 offer a screen pixel resolution of 960 x 640. The width and height dimensions are interchangeable in many applications, because the iPhone switches from portrait to landscape mode when you rotate the phone. However, the iPhone always operates in portrait mode when you make or receive phone calls, so for optimal results select contact photos with portrait orientation.

Create a contact photo

Most free and premium photo and graphics programs let you import images from digital cameras, smartphones, webcams and scanners. After importing the image to the program, you can use its image manipulation tools to crop, scale and resize the photo to the exact pixel dimensions that fit your iPhone's display screen. Depending on the original size and orientation of the image, you may need to experiment a little with the tools to create a correctly sized image that doesn't stretch or squeeze the original too much.

Transfer the contact photo

After creating a contact photo of the correct pixel size to match your iPhone's display screen, you can add it to the iPhone's Cameral Roll album. Connect the iPhone to your computer with a USB cable or via your Wi-Fi network and launch Apple iTunes. Select your iPhone's icon under "Devices" in the left sidebar menu, and then click the "Photos" tab. Click to enable the "Sync photos from" check box, and then choose the computer directory in which you stored the contact photo from the drop-down menu. Click the "Apply" button, and then select "Sync" to transfer the photo from your computer to the iPhone.

Assign the photo to a contact

Now that you've created a contact photo of the correct dimensions and transferred it to your iPhone, you can assign the photo to a contact. Launch the iPhone's Contacts app, and then tap the name of a contact. Touch the "Edit" button in the top right of the screen, tap the "Add Photo" box and select "Choose Photo." Tap the "Camera Roll" tab and select the contact photo you transferred from the computer. The iPhone now gives you the option to move and scale the image, but you won't need to perform these actions because you created a photo of exactly the right size in your graphics program. Tap the "Choose" button to assign the photo to the contact.

Take a contact photo with the iphone

Another way of creating a contact photo with the correct pixel dimensions is to use the iPhone's integrated camera to capture the image. Launch the Camera app, frame your friend in the display screen and tap the "Photo" button with the camera icon below the display screen. Select the photo you've just taken, tap the "Share" button and then choose "Assign to Contact" in the Share menu.

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