How do you change your user account picture in Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Graig, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Graig macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    i want to change the picture on my user account. Looking for Accounts in System Preferences and see only Users & Groups. Can't see where to make the change in there.
  2. panda bear macrumors 68000

    panda bear

    Apr 5, 2010
    System Preferences > Users & Groups > Click on the picture you have currently.. it'll show a little dropdown menu..

    You can either select one of the supplied photos or click "edit picture" and then "choose" to browse your computer.
  3. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Same as always (not new to lion), hover over your picture and then click on the grey arrow on the bottom right corner.

  4. Graig thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    Thanks folks I found it between the time I posted and now. Sometimes the most obvious is the hardest. LOL
  5. rcervera macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    Can't change my user photo in Lion

    I have tried to change from photos on my mac, or from snapshots. Each time I click "set" it reverts to the original photo (that I want to change out of). Interestingly, if I click to lock, it allows a new photo to be displayed, but once you lock it the original photo reappears. :confused:
  6. Nomar macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Having the same issue here. Stuck with the goofy looking snapshot my new MBA took when I set it up. Looks like we'll have to hope they fix this in 10.7.1
  7. mtgilbert macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2009
    Same problem, but only for Administrator

    When the lock is closed, I can change the picture but it doesn't get recorded. When the lock is open, I can't even change it - it reverts immediately. This is only the case for Admin; I can change the pictures for Other Users. Also, the old picture - left over from Snow Leopard - is very low resolution. Anyone else experiencing that?
  8. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
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    LOL my son has gone in and changed everyone's picture (that's what I get for staying logged in). But instead of just picking a picture, he took a picture using a facial expression he felt represented each of us.

    But we are on SL for now. I hope your lion problem gets fixed.
  9. geneg1, Jul 27, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011

    geneg1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    EDIT: never mind, the change didn't survive an iPhone sync (even when I told iTunes to replace contact information on the phone).


    Here's a workaround I found for Lion 10.7.0:

    1. Using System Preferences > Users and Groups, create a new Admin user (I called mine Temp)

    2. Log out and log back in as your new Admin user

    3. Use System Preferences to change the image of your original, "real" Admin user

    4. Log out and log back in as yourself

    5. Delete the Temp admin user

    The picture seems to be "sticking" for now. Fingers crossed.
  10. mtgilbert macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2009
    Still no luck

    I tried your workaround but had no luck. I was able to change the picture of my new Admin account while it was the active account, but still couldn't change the original Admin account.
  11. geneg1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    Ok, I think I've solved this problem, at least on 10.7.1 (not sure about 10.7.0). Here are the steps:

    1. Go into Address Book > Card > Go to My Card

    2. Edit > Copy

    3. Edit > Delete

    4. Edit > Paste

    5. Open System Preferences > Users & Groups, select your Admin user and pick the photo you want

    6. Go back to Address Book, click Card > Make This My Card

    Hopefully this will work for you too.
  12. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    My System Prefs crashes whenever I click on Users & Groups...
  13. thedinosaw macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2011
    Worked for me

    The above solution by Geneg1 seems to have worked for me. I have been frustrated by this problem for a number of weeks now, and nothing seemed to solve it, but so far so good with this solution. Thanks
  14. randomerratum macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    Just changing the image in my address book seemed to work so far.

    Looking back now, I think the picture had been pulled from my Facebook, which was synced to my contacts and was then propagating to my Twitter account. I was trying to change my Twitter picture, but it wouldn't take and kept replacing the new pic with the old... I hadn't thought to change the pic in my address book, which was taking over Twitter via iOS5's Twitter integration and also my OSX user account.

    Oh, 21st century problems!
  15. nodakjones macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2008
    Change "my card" contact in Address Book

    I can confirm that just changing my picture in my address book "my card" seems to have updated my user account picture as well. I think this is kind of a bug. Settings->Users accounts makes it seem like you have changed the picture for your user account, only to have it go back after reboot or logout.
  16. Itchyed macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2012
    Thanks for directing me to the Address Book. That appears to be where the User pic is rooted.
  17. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2011
    we want pictures! your son is a genius.
  18. coolspot18 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2010
    I have the same problem.
  19. MaxMike macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2009
    Does anyone have that gearshift knob picture they can either post or tell me where to get? I don't have that option on my MacBook Pro and I'd really rather have that than the lightning I'm using now. Thanks!
  20. ricciy macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2008
    I'm running 10.8.2 on a Mac Air and I don't see the Edit Picture option.
  21. spencerstar macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2012
    To Change User Account Photo

    Here is a method that works by putting your photos in with the default user pictures.

    I found the default pictures in macintosh HD/library/user pictures. On my system OS X 10.8.2 there are six subdirectories under this directory. You can put your own set of pictures in as part of the default collection.

    Create a new empty subdirectory with your name. You will have to enter your password as administrator. Then go to where your favorite pictures are, copy them, and paste to this new subdirectory, again entering your admin password. Now your own pictures should show up in the default collection.

    To change photos go into the contacts app and edit your photo. Then go into the Users and Groups under system preferences and select edit, then default photos, and then scroll down. Good luck.
  22. aoitsukinosuke macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    I got a little confused, but if you guys are looking to change your user picture from Preferences>Users & Groups, there is a simple way.

    Locate the picture you want to set as your user photo in Finder. Then, Preferences>Users & Groups.
    Now you have the Finder folder in the background and Users & Groups window at the front.

    WITHOUT clicking the Finder window, drag the picture onto the U&G window where your old picture is. (There should be a + sign next to your cursor now).

    Drop it on the old picture.
    Make your size and placement adjustments and you're done.

    Hope this helps.
  23. ghaz23 macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2013

    Done !!! thank you am using Mountain Lion 10.8.2
  24. SquirrellyOne macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2013

    Wonderbar! This is exactly what I was looking for. By making the process easier, they made it harder to figure out how to do it. How come Apple's help doesn't give these directions? Go figure. Anyhow, thanks again!:D
  25. Tillerman macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2013
    Los Angeles
    It works for 10.8.4

    This is the only thing that worked for me. I am running 10.8.4 Thanks for the tip

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