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    Default Can I remove those big faces?

    I have just started to use an Android phone, and I'm really irritated by all these big boxes in the contacts and phone applications. I didn't understand what they were, and then I realised that they are there for us to put photographs of contacts.
    But I have no wish to mount photographs of my contacts, so these big box-faces are a real waste of space. Is there anyway to get rid of them?
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    What does Nova launcher have to do with the People app??

    You'll have to try a 3rd party contact manager. The photos are not a defeatable option of the built-in contact manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilfracombe View Post
    I have just started to use an Android phone, and I'm really irritated by all these big boxes in the contacts and phone applications. I didn't understand what they were, and then I realised that they are there for us to put photographs of contacts.
    But I have no wish to mount photographs of my contacts, so these big box-faces are a real waste of space. Is there anyway to get rid of them?
    I would want the same thing. But, unfortunately, Google decided not to give us that option- which is really stupid because it wastes so much vertical space (making the list twice as long as necessary). You would have to use a third-party contacts app (if you can find one).

    Most of the stock Android apps have very few customization options.
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    Thanks.
    That's a shame. Can you recommend a third party contacts app, by any chance?
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    The majority of people like the "faces". That's what makes it a smartphone.

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    A smart phone would not force me to do what the majority of people do. And in any case, I doubt very much if the majority of people like the "faces". They're just resigned to what they are given.
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    I don't really like the faces either, so I ended up replacing them with a solid black background. The little box is still there but at least you don't have to see the faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SactoKingsFan View Post
    I don't really like the faces either, so I ended up replacing them with a solid black background. The little box is still there but at least you don't have to see the faces.

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    Although, this could be quite time consuming, given the number of contacts one has, it is an excellent suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilfracombe View Post
    A smart phone would not force me to do what the majority of people do.
    It doesn't. Android has 3rd party app integration...you are never forced to use Google's default app for anything.

    The reason the option does not exist in Google's app is because, as stated before, the vast majority of users like faces. It would be like asking "why does google have the Androuid UI in color when I only like monochrome?"

    And in any case, I doubt very much if the majority of people like the "faces".
    Start a poll and find out. Don't take our word for it.

    Yes, most people consider faces to be an asset. Not just on Android, but on all smartphone platforms. WP, and iOS and BB do it too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ilfracombe View Post
    Thanks.
    That's a shame. Can you recommend a third party contacts app, by any chance?
    All the 3rd party apps I know of also include faces. It is a running theme. There does not appear to be a huge demand for faceless contact apps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SactoKingsFan View Post
    I don't really like the faces either, so I ended up replacing them with a solid black background. The little box is still there but at least you don't have to see the faces.
    I did not even think about that. But that's a great solution. Make the box the same color as the background and you will not even notice it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    I did not even think about that. But that's a great solution. Make the box the same color as the background and you will not even notice it at all.
    It is not a solution at all because the primary reason for not wanting the faces is that it takes up tons of space and makes the list of contacts 2 to 3 times longer/larger than it needs to be.
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    Anyway, it appears that nothing can be done about these big empty boxes. Perhaps I should ask all my clients for their photographs. Ha ha. I'll just look for a more efficient contact manager. If I find one I'll let those of you who are interested know.

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