How to change WhatsApp profile Picture with image from PC on BlueStacks
PC and BlueStacks files sharing Problem
Commons problem for WhatsApp on PC is where you can immediately get new picture stored on My Picture libraries. BlueStacks Gallery only updates new items upon startup. If you put new pictures into My Picture folder, you have to restart BlueStacks before you can use newly picture into WhatsApp. So whether you want to post a picture or change your profile, you have to wait until the next BlueStacks startup.
But luckily there are several easy way to solve this problem. That is either using cloud storage services to sync files or folders between PC and BlueStacks Or using additional file manager. This file manager must has Copy and Paste ability in order to copy pictures into WhatsApp Images folder which later will be used as a new profile picture.
1. Sync with Cloud Storage
BlueStacks support could storage such as DropBox, SkyDrive and Google Drive. These services allow you to sync files or photos between several devices which connected to the service. Which mean whenever you put files into cloud storage, those files will be updated immediately on all connected devices, in this case PC and BLueStacks.
DropBox is one of the most popular one, which is offering free 2GB cloud storage fro free service. Skydrive offering free 7GB cloud storage service and Google Drive giving free 5GB cloud storage.
Those service work similar, you need to install their apps on BlueStacks and also on PC (Windows). If you want to share between PC and BlueStacks, simply put files or photo into their shared folder and then open the apps on BlueStacks. You'll see the file list updated immediately after you run the apps.
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2. Share on BlueStacks Shared Folders
This is the most easier way to share files or photo on both Windows and BlueStacks. BlueStacks actually shared access with Windows Library folders. You can find all these folder at /mnt/sdcard/bstFolder location on BlueStacks. The problem is those folder only synchronized into BlueStacks Gallery upon BlueStack startup. Those folders are:
Picture is actually My Pictures Library on Windows, Documents is Windows default My Documents Library. PublicPictures is My Pictures on Public user folder (C:\Users\Public\Pictures), PublicDocuments is My Documents on Public user folder (C:\Users\Public\Documents), while BtSharedFolder is special folder located on C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks\UserData named SharedFolder. ProgramData is hidden by default, so you need to set show hidden on Windows Explorer Folder options before accessing to this special folder.
2.1. Open shared folders with File Manager on BlueStacks
Instead of waiting BlueStacks to import all newly files or pictures into Gallery on startup, we can use File Manager or File Browser on BlueStacks to access all those shared folder directly. And then simply export the photo into WhatsApp if you only want to post the photo into chat. But you have to copy the image or picture into WhatsApp Images folder in order to use it as profile picture. Because WhatsApp can only read BlueStacks Gallery folder.
We can use ES File manager or ASTRO File Manager/Browser to access those folders. So find and install these apps inside BlueStacks. If you put new files or pictures while you browsed current folder, simply refresh current folder by change to another folder (for example up folder) and back to shared folder, and all the new files or pictures will be available.
2.2. ASTRO File Manager/Browser
ASTRO File manager/Browser has an interesting features. This apps already mapped shared folder into several My Files location on its main window.
- Pictures = My Files 5.
- Documents = My Files 4.
- PublicPictures = My Files 3.
- PublicDocuments = My Files 7.
- BtSharedFolder = My Files 6.
So if you want to browse into Pictures shared folder, simply click on My Files 5.
3. Copy picture into WhatsApp Image folder
Before we can use a picture as a new profile picture, that picture have to be available on BlueStacks Gallery. Because WhatsApp can only use BlueStacks Gallery. One of sub folder on BlueStacks gallery is WhatsApp Images located on /mnt/sdcard/WhatsApp/Media/WhatsApp Images. All images from WhatsApp chat are stored on this folder. Whether you or your friend share a photo in chat, the image file will be stored into this folder.
3.1. Copy from Cloud Storage
If you're using cloud storage service, simply select a picture to go to view mode. Click on Export button on above right image, and select Save to SD card. and then Navigate to WhatsApp Images folder and pres export.
3.2. Copy from shared folder.
If you're using ASTRO File manager, go to shared folder where the picture located. Activate selection mode by clicking select button (left side star button), you can now select any files. Select a picture and click Copy button on the bottom menu (a new menu will appear -- Cancel and Paste). Now navigate to WhatsApp Images folder and paste the image by clicking Paste button.
4. Change WhatsApp profile picture
Now that you've copied picture into WhatsApp Images, you can now change profile picture with new picture from PC.
- Open WhatsApp
- Click Show Menu to open WhatsApp menu
- Click Settings and then chose Profile
- Click profile picture and select Gallery
- Click WhatsApp Images and find the picture
- Set the picture area or picture size
- Click ok to save the setting.
Now your new profile is ready. Have fun.
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