How to add profile picture to an user account in elementary OS

One of the first things you would like to do after setting up elementary OS is to change the User Account profile picture. There is an option in elementary OS to just do that, but there is high chance of missing it in the “User Accounts” dialog box.

Let’s take a real quick look at how to change the profile picture.

Step 1) Launch ‘System Settings’ from the plank or whatever the way you do.

Step 2) Click on ‘User Accounts’.

Step 3) Select the user account for which you want to change the picture from the left pane. Then click on the icon near to the user name in the right pane.

Step 4) You will have to now click ‘Select from file’ and browse and select a profile picture. It is recommended to use a square image. Even if you select a rectangular image, the tool will ask use to crop it to square area.

User Accounts
User Accounts

Step 5) Click ‘Change Avatar’ and you should be done.

Change Avatar

Lock the screen to see your new profile picture. If you have been wondering if you can change the profile picture of the Guest account, let us clarify that elementary OS doesn’t allow you to do that.

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