Tip: Contact picture sync works properly on HTC EVO 4G LTE, no hacking required

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Lately, I’ve been complaining a lot about all the bugs and broken things I’ve seen on the recent Jelly Bean update on the HTC EVO 4G LTE – but let’s face it; probably everyone who took the update has at least one gripe about it, even if it’s minor. However, it’s not all bad: one thing that’s working quite nicely is contact picture sync, with no hacking required.

On previous software versions of the EVO 4G LTE, Facebook contact pictures didn’t show up properly when using other apps that had access to your contacts – this included Google Voice and other third-party SMS replacements, like Handcent or GO SMS. To get this functioning properly, you had to root your phone and use an app like Photo Unlocker, which would work some magic in the contacts database and recover those missing pictures.

I’m extremely happy to see that this workaround isn’t required in Jelly Bean, and I am now able to see my contacts’ Facebook pictures in Google Voice, which is great for me since that’s all I use to text. And as an added bonus, Facebook statuses seem to be syncing more reliably, too, and I’ve had absolutely zero contact lag.

HTC still has a lot of work to do before all the bugs on this device are squashed, but I’m glad to see that this one is gone.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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5 thoughts on “Tip: Contact picture sync works properly on HTC EVO 4G LTE, no hacking required

  • Avatar of SD888
    December 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Too in love with HaxSync. This fix comes as too little too late.

  • Avatar of sledie
    December 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    RootedRooted stock ICS EVO 3d, having same issue with all contact pictures. Most annoying with text messages! Even tried relinking with google contacts & FB, after deleting the phone contacts. But no luck, almost all show with no picture except in the actual contacts app.

  • Avatar of David
    December 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Unrelated question: With the new JB update, is the default accent color Android Blue or are you using a skin in that screen shot?

  • Avatar of Rose
    December 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    So if you sync your Facebook contacts does it still sync every single 1 instead of just the ones in your contact people list?


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