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Gmail Profile Pictures

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Gmail Profile Pictures ghoststop 5/30/09 8:05 PM
I can't see any of my contacts' profile pictures, all I see is the default picture. I can see my profile picture, but no one else's show up. I'm certain that they have pictures uploaded, and this problem started occurring about a month ago. I've tried clearing my cache and cookies, as well as switching themes, but none of these have fixed the problem.

I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing this problem, and how it can be solved!

2009-05-31
I forgot to mention that i can see the pictures of two of my contacts, but I'm not sure why I can see these and not all the rest. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they (the pictures I can see) haven't updated their pictures after the problem started occurring. I can see my picture, but then again, it might be because I haven't updated it in a month or so.

2009-05-31
To make it more clear, it is not my profile picture that I can't see, it is the pictures of my contacts that I cannot see.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures wár17 § 5/30/09 8:19 PM
Make sure the following setting is not enabled
http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35530
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures sunny26re 5/30/09 8:38 PM
I can't  see my profile picture, others also not see my profile picture. its problem started from last 2 week. can you solved it.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures ghoststop 5/31/09 4:47 AM
@ wár17 §, that's not the problem apparently. :/ I forgot to mention that i can see the pictures of two of my contacts, but I'm not sure why I can see these and not all the rest. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they (the pictures I can see) haven't updated their pictures after the problem started occurring.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures wár17 § 5/31/09 8:43 AM
ghoststop, are the other contacts that do not see your picture ones that you have invited to chat and they accepted.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures ghoststop 5/31/09 10:49 AM
What I am interpreting from your reply is that you think it's other people that can't see my picture (Sorry if that's not what you mean :s) It's the other way around; I can't see their pictures. And they have been my chat contacts much earlier than when this problem started occurring.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures wár17 § 5/31/09 11:05 AM
You need to be invited to chat and accepted to see other pictures.  The friends may block you from seeing their pictures or never loaded their pictures.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures ghoststop 5/31/09 11:30 AM
I am invited to chat with them, and the problem is occurring with all but 2 of my contacts, and I'm pretty sure it's not because they all blocked it from me. Also, I am sure that they should have pictures, as they had pictures before the problem (obviously), and they can't all have taken their pictures off all at one time
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures lliff2009 6/10/09 8:46 AM
I too am having a problem where my contacts have profile pictures up but when I move my mouse over there name I get the default gray empty picture. One of my contacts actually works. I had one contact change his picture and the first time I moved my mouse over his name I saw the picture, but every other time it shows nothing? I checked all the settings, did the older version change, logged in, out, and still nothing. How can only one persons picture work but not the rest? My contacts have said they can all see my profile picture. Any help on this would be great.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures rlassbuck 8/24/09 10:21 AM
OK, so I always used to be able to see my contacts' pictures regardless of whether they'd accepted the invitation to chat or not.  I can't even see their pictures when I'm NOT talking to them - all I can see is the little shadow guy.  I've been seeing mine - but not theirs - what's the deal and why can't anybody figure out how to fix it?
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures bene144 12/17/09 6:36 PM
I've been having this problem for months.  Did anybody get any answers?
 
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures gvsd 2/1/10 3:22 PM
You have to activate a lab or something and your contacts' pictures will come up.  Also, war 17, that link on your post simply said to let us pick our pictures for your contacts.  You have to do something else
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures gvsd 2/1/10 3:26 PM
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Re: Gmail Profile Pictures Scorchman 3/9/10 5:47 PM
I went to Labs, and it still doesnt work.  I can see some of my contacts profile picture, but some of them I can't.  I know she has one, but it doesnt show up.  I tried refreshing, and she tried changing the picture.  We tried EVERYTHING.  And I still Cant see hers!!  But she can see mine.  Any help at all?
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures Nodir 1/24/11 4:08 PM
Still no solution?
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures Scorchman 1/24/11 4:53 PM
Nope. No solution yet.  I contacted Google about the problem last year, and they fixed it for me.  But then my friend changed her picture later on and the problem is still there.  I can see the picture in Google Buzz, but not chat.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures Nodir 1/24/11 5:09 PM
Looks like there is a partial solution:
1) go to http://google.com/contacts
2) open a contact that has a gmail address
3) click the picture
4) in the appeared dialog window click "Theirs picture", and then "Accept this picture"

Sometimes it works with a delay, sometimes doesn't. Of course it is manual, but better than nothing.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures Nodir 1/24/11 8:48 PM
Now I've figured out what exactly I've done to make the pictures appear.

So, here is a WORKAROUND (still manual)

1) Go to the contact manager at gmail.com
2) Hover a contact with mouse (the contact is assumed to have a gmail address)
3) A picture from the profile it is linked to must appear

that's it! Open the contact and you must see the picture. Also it appears on my Android in few seconds.

If the picture does not appear, as well as the contact name, then
1) Open the contact
2) Make some fake change, e.g. put a space in the email
3) Move to another field to save your changes
4) Revert your fake change
5) go to the contact manager and complete the steps above

That's how my contacts with gmail addresses got their pictures.
Re: Gmail Profile Pictures ryan324234 2/24/11 11:29 AM
Finally - Thank you so much - This took for ever to figure out