A few updates ago WhatsApp removed from its application the function to save the profile photos of the contacts. Although it has never been clarified why they have removed this feature, we assume that it is to protect the security of their users. This change in WhatsApp adds some difficulty when it comes to saving the profile picture of one of our contacts.
You are probably thinking about the option that allowed you to send the profile picture of one of your contacts to your email. It was as simple as entering the profile on WhatsApp of the person whose profile picture you wanted to save. Once in the profile, you had to enter the photo and press the “share” icon. WhatsApp would show you the options through which you could share the photo. If you selected your gallery, your contact’s profile picture would be saved among your images. You could even choose to have it emailed to you. However, this option is no longer available.
But don’t worry, downloading a profile picture of one of your contacts is still possible. In this post we will show you how to do it in a simple way.
Take a screenshot
Yes, as simple as that. Currently, this is the only way to save the profile photo of one of your contacts in your gallery. The way to take a screenshot varies depending on the device, but usually you just have to press the power button and the volume down button at the same time.
Then, to take a screenshot of one of your WhatsApp contacts’ profile picture, go to their contact profile and open the picture you want to save. When the photo is displayed on your screen, follow the instructions we already gave you to take a screenshot.
If the screenshot is not taken, you will have to look for your phone’s instructions to take screenshots on your device model. If you manage to take the screenshot, it will automatically be stored in a folder in your gallery. The screenshot is probably called “screenshots”.
Another option you have to take screenshots on your phone is to use an application to do so. In the Android Play Store or the iOs App Store you will get hundreds of applications that can be useful for you. Depending on which one you choose, you will have to follow different instructions to take the screenshots. So make sure you pay attention to how to use each application.
Look for the screenshot in the gallery
Once you have the screenshot of your contact’s profile photo in your phone’s gallery, you can view it without entering WhatsApp. However, it is likely that in the screenshot you will not see only the photo. You will also see your contact’s name at the top and your phone’s function buttons at the bottom. To correct this, use the “cut” tool in the image editor of your gallery.
The cutting tool also depends on the device you use, but usually you just need to drag the boundaries of the area to be cut, removing any part of the shot that you do not want to keep. Then save your selection. You will see that a copy of the snapshot will have been created where you will see only what you decided to keep.
Use WhatsApp Web
To access WhatsApp web, you will need a computer. Open the WhatsApp Web link in your web browser. There you will find a QR code. In the meantime, go to the WhatsApp application on your phone. Press the three dots in the upper right corner and select “WhatsApp Web”. WhatsApp will provide you with a tool to scan the QR code on your computer screen.
After you have scanned the QR code, you will be logged into WhatsApp Web. You will be able to view your WhatsApp conversations in your browser. Open a conversation with the contact whose profile picture you want to save. Once in the conversation, click on the name of the contact. Their profile will be displayed on the right side of the screen.
Click on the profile picture to open it and right click on it with your mouse. Select the “save as” option. Name the photo and select which folder on your computer you want to save it to. Press “save”. This way, you will have your contact’s profile picture saved on your computer.
That’s how easy it is to save your contacts’ profile photos. Tell us if you already know about these methods or if you know about any other.