I have a picture I snapped with my iPhone that I set as the image for someone on my phone contact list. Now I've lost the original image out of the photo folders. Is there any way to pull it out of the contact list?
If you're using your iPhone with a Mac, and syncing contacts between them, here's one way to get your hands on the photo, which I just tried. But this certainly is far from optimal; I hope there's some easier way.
[Edit: John Topley just described how to get the photo directly from Address Book's UI, without delving into its data folders; that is the easier way I was hoping for. So you'd probably only want to resort to the method below in some special cases, e.g. if you need all the contact photos at once.]
Under your home folder, locate the
Library/Application Support/AddressBook/images subfolder. Here are all the images you've assigned to people in your contacts. The filenames will be something like
36C3C5E1-8BCE-4E0D-9FB4-12562C745A5A though, so to see what each image is, you'll need to change the filename to end with .jpg (make a copy first not to screw anything up).
If you have lots of contacts with photos, you wouldn't want to go through them manually like this, of course. But some scriptwork on the command line would make it easier; something like this:
- Make a copy of the whole
AddressBook/imagesfolder somewhere (e.g. using Finder)
- Fire up Terminal and
cdto that (copied, not original) folder
for i in *; do mv $i $i.jpg; done
- Now, look at the folder in Finder again (in "Show as icons" mode), and using your built-in facial recognition abilities ;-) you should find the right image in a matter of seconds (unless you have hundreds and hundreds of photos in there)
This is going to sound ridiculous, but i found the best way to do this is using two people. Go to edit the image (as if you're going in to change it) and use your fingers to zoom out. Then get someone else to screen shot it (while you're holding it zoomed out) and then crop it. I know it sounds mad, but worked for me x
For all the people who use Windows or Linux: When you go to your contacts and than the person you want the picture from, just hold the circle with the picture in it and click copy. Than you can paste it in a Whatsapp chat to the Person you want to send it to. SMS or E-Mail works too. Another info: If you send the picture over Whatsapp you can go to Whatsapp on your Pc over the browser and download the picture from there to your Pc. Hope it helped you.