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  1. waqqas31's Avatar
    Disclaimer: I am a relative Android noob (1 month of experience).

    Even though my GMail display pic is showing up everywhere on my Google desktop apps/webpages, 48 hours later and it has still NOT synced onto my phone. See the screenshot below/attached. The blue icon/avatar, should be where my picture shows up.

    Any ideas what I'm doing wrong or this is normal behavior for everybody? Does anybody get their display pic to show up on this screen?
    Attached Thumbnails Why is my GMail/Google profile pic not showing in GMail 5.0?-screenshot_2014-11-07-15-42-08.jpg  
    11-07-2014 02:50 PM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Mine shows up just fine. Try signing out of the GMail app and signing back in. If that doesn't work, then go into your Application Manager and clear Cache for GMail.
    11-07-2014 03:06 PM
  3. waqqas31's Avatar
    Ok, here's another noob question. How do I sign out of the GMail app? I can't find the option.
    11-07-2014 03:12 PM
  4. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Open Settings, go to Accounts, find your Google account, and de-select SYNC GMail. From the GMail app, tapp on the menu button, select your account and you should see a drop down menu. There, select Manage Accounts.

    But I think clearing cache might help faster... Clearing data is also something you might want to try, but that means you'll have to re-configure your GMail app when you re-open it (notification sounds, etc.). You do this from Settings, Application Manager, find the GMail app and those options should be there.
    11-07-2014 03:29 PM
  5. waqqas31's Avatar
    I was about to reply and tell you that it's not working, but all-of-a-sudden, when I was switching accounts in the GMail app for the first time today, I noticed that my DP had updated (hooray!)

    Granted, I did not try your "Clear Data" recommendation, but one thing different that did happen in the last 24 hours was that I received an email from a contact that had a Google+ DP set of his own. Perhaps this "triggered" the app to force update any DPs on my device.

    I'm a happier camper now. Thanks for the tips!

    Open Settings, go to Accounts, find your Google account, and de-select SYNC GMail. From the GMail app, tapp on the menu button, select your account and you should see a drop down menu. There, select Manage Accounts.

    But I think clearing cache might help faster... Clearing data is also something you might want to try, but that means you'll have to re-configure your GMail app when you re-open it (notification sounds, etc.). You do this from Settings, Application Manager, find the GMail app and those options should be there.
    11-11-2014 12:56 PM
  6. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Well glad you got it working!

    That's one of the reasons I kinda dislike the GMail boxes... haha when I don't have a profile picture for my contacts (and with e-mail, that's MOST of them), it makes me cringe to see that empty box with a letter on it. Imagine how I'd feel if it was only a grey box haha
    11-11-2014 01:04 PM
  7. Kgt2131's Avatar
    Was wondering if anyone could help. I just got my nexus 6 today (I love it), but for some reason my gmail picture is not showing up under my user account on my phone. When I open the gmail app, my pictureWhy is my GMail/Google profile pic not showing in GMail 5.0?-screenshot_2014-11-21-01-15-01.jpg is there, but not in the notifications quick menu. Thanks for your help
    11-21-2014 12:25 AM
  8. Kgt2131's Avatar
    I guess I should also note that I tried the steps listed above minus the clear data method. Thanks again.
    11-21-2014 12:27 AM
  9. vic9999's Avatar
    I am having the same issue. So I rolled my phone back to an ealier version and my profile photo and my contact photos showed up in my email on my phone again. Then my phone auto updated to 5.0 and now no pictures. Can anyone help? I tried all the above steps, but nothing.....

    I have a Galaxy S5
    11-24-2014 04:53 PM
  10. AlamoApps San Antonio Texas's Avatar
    So....did anyone come up with an answer? I am using multiple gmail accounts on my Nexus 6....and when I did the back-to-back transfer of my Nexus 5 data, it set the wrong account as the owner. But even removing, and re-adding the accounts still does not show my gmail picture on the profile icon.
    11-25-2014 09:09 AM
  11. rolapinou's Avatar
    Same problem here when installing my refurbished nexus from Google Client Services. Both from a fresh install and through the Tap'N Go procedure ended with the blue icon as in Kgt2131's post. I tried to update my profil picture in Google+ and this update is correctly done in all the Google services I use (Gmail, Photos, Maps, ...) on the webs pages, but not on the corresponding Apps, for the moment (and not on the Google+ picture profile of the "me" contact in the contact list).
    If someone knows who to "force" the link between the picture on the Nexus and the Google profil, I'm very interested.


    PS : on my disabled Nexus I tried to delete the "Me" contact settings (that displayed an empty picture in the "local" profile, and my Google+ profile) but I can't import the google profile back to link it to the contact entry.


    By the way, on my new phone, if I touch the icon of the photo from my Google+ profile on the "Me" contact entry, I have an option "use this photo". I think this should be the way to "push" the Google Account profile picture to the phone but it doesn't work.
    11-29-2014 05:14 PM
  12. waqqas31's Avatar
    OK, here's a recent discovery I made.

    An almost instantaneous way to update your Google account DP is to launch Hangouts, switch to the account in question, go to settings and change your DP from there. If the account needs to upgrade to Google+, it will be done at this time.

    This method worked for me on 2 of my Google accounts, which previously had no DP.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-30-2014 06:22 PM
  13. vic9999's Avatar
    I did a little testing and found out a few things. 1. When I removed my gmail account on my phone and then added it back in, my profile pic shows up. The bad news. Unless I force a "contact" picture onto my gmail account on my computer, my contact's pictures, don't show up. If someone has their own contact picture from gmail or facebook, or google+, I do not see their photo pic on my phone. But if I add a picture to my contact on my own, then they do. This is an obvious bug, unless I am still doing something wrong. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them.
    12-02-2014 08:50 AM
  14. texoz's Avatar
    To change profile pic in the upper right of notification shade: Swipe down with two fingers. Tap on the profile icon and select your account. Tap "More settings" On the next screen tap on your account and a pop-up will allow you to change your name and photo. However, I STILL am not able to get my profile pic to show up on gmail.
    12-05-2014 07:04 PM
  15. Sefton Hanley's Avatar
    What I have discovered is.. You dont get the user account picture pulled from google plus, even when the google account is correctly added in settings, until you upen the google plus app one time.

    The first time you open it, it then signs in, and asks if you want to keep contacts up to date via the plus system etc etc..

    As soon as plus signs in once, the avatar appears and remains active. IMO android should pull the avatar based on simply the user account data, not needing the plus sign in also, its confusing and not everyone uses plus even while they use android.
    12-23-2014 01:23 AM
  16. OverLordOfYou's Avatar
    If you had the pictures on the previous version of gmail its a update bug. All you do is:
    Go to Settings
    Go to Applications
    Go to Application Manager
    Go to Gmail and Uninstall Updates
    restart your phone and then go to the Play Store and update to the latest version of Gmail. Give it a while to sync and it should work
    12-23-2014 03:03 PM
  17. mizzzjulie's Avatar
    I found a simple solution to the "no updated profile pic" in Gmail issue.

    First, go to your Gmail app and choose "manage accounts" from the drop-down menu. Then select the offending account & in "sync settings", make sure "sync people details" is checked. This updated my profile pic immediately. I hope it works for everyone else!

    ETA: the Google+ sign-in/updating thing did not work for me. I tried everything else except for clearing my cache before I checked what else was syncing.
    01-07-2015 07:38 PM
  18. Luciano_Android's Avatar
    I found a simple solution to the "no updated profile pic" in Gmail issue.

    First, go to your Gmail app and choose "manage accounts" from the drop-down menu. Then select the offending account & in "sync settings", make sure "sync people details" is checked. This updated my profile pic immediately. I hope it works for everyone else!

    ETA: the Google+ sign-in/updating thing did not work for me. I tried everything else except for clearing my cache before I checked what else was syncing.
    Awesome! After searching and serching all over internet with no luck, this is the one thing that worked for me. And really is THE solution for the problem, I think. Anyway, thanks for the help! ; )
    02-19-2015 11:22 AM
  19. rolapinou's Avatar
    Hi !
    Could you provide a few screenshots to explicit the settings you're talking about ?
    Thanks.

    Indeed, I do know how I can not link my local profile (the "Me" contact at the very top of the contact list) with my Google+ account on my Nexus 7, just like it is in my Nexus 5.
    02-24-2015 04:33 PM
  20. Floridadomer's Avatar
    I found a simple solution to the "no updated profile pic" in Gmail issue.

    First, go to your Gmail app and choose "manage accounts" from the drop-down menu. Then select the offending account & in "sync settings", make sure "sync people details" is checked. This updated my profile pic immediately. I hope it works for everyone else!

    ETA: the Google+ sign-in/updating thing did not work for me. I tried everything else except for clearing my cache before I checked what else was syncing.
    That worked for one of my accounts but will not work on the other two.
    03-05-2015 09:37 AM
  21. nakeddesign's Avatar
    Good find - Changing the pic in hangouts solved it for me after months of frustration.
    08-04-2015 09:52 AM
  22. nakeddesign's Avatar
    OK, here's a recent discovery I made.

    An almost instantaneous way to update your Google account DP is to launch Hangouts, switch to the account in question, go to settings and change your DP from there. If the account needs to upgrade to Google+, it will be done at this time.

    This method worked for me on 2 of my Google accounts, which previously had no DP.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Worked for me
    waqqas31 likes this.
    08-04-2015 09:54 AM
  23. arikb19's Avatar
    In order to show your picture on the notification line, you have to set a picture for your smartphone user ME. Go to contacts and it should be the first one in the list. It worked for me.
    09-14-2015 10:43 AM
  24. tmaier's Avatar
    I know I'm digging this old post for a good reason - I thought it may be more appropriate than write a new one. I managed to get the profile picture show through doing Hangouts profile picture change however the cover photo still won't update and I am stuck with the default one - anyone found a solution? Seems that Play Store is the only place where this gets updated. Keep, Calendar, Inbox - all won't push the cover photo to navigation drawer. I'm on OPX 5.1.1. I cleared cash, restarted, updated through G+ app - still nothing...
    11-17-2015 05:03 PM
  25. micl9's Avatar
    This is yet another annoying Google bug that will probably never get fixed (still waiting on combined contacts - using contacts separater app).
    Gmail and Hangouts don't pick up my second email picture, Google+ and Play Store do. And by the way I am on a G3 running CM13
    03-07-2016 10:56 AM
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