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The Messages app on iOS features contact photos for every one of your conversations — including group chats. Even if you don’t have a picture for a specific contact, their initials will appear instead. For non-contacts, a generic profile avatar appears. These give threads a bit of flare, but if you’re looking for extra privacy or don’t enjoy the look, you can easily hide those images and icons.

Removing contact images in Messages keeps prying eyes away from them, but it also frees up space where your conversations live. When hidden in the Messages list, more of the last comment in a… more