Introduction

With Edge Chromium, you can set up multiple profiles with different credentials, history, cookies, extensions, etc.

If, like me, you work with multiple Microsoft 365 tenants, this feature can be a real time saver. I’ve already written about how to configure multiple in a previous post, so I won’t repeat myself here.

To keep track of who you’re currently logged on as, Edge displays a profile picture on the upper-right corner.

My Profile Picture

You can configure a different picture for every profile in your browser, but you’re limited to two choices:

  • The profile picture associated to your Microsoft 365 tenant (if you’re signed in with a Microsoft 365 tenant); or
  • One of the cute avatar images that come with Edge
    Limited Avatar Choices

Unfortunately, there isn’t a choice for custom profile pictures.

I was collaborating with David Warner II this evening, solving world problems, when we suddenly got distracted with fixing an issue with one of his profiles.

In the process of fixing his browser issues, I discovered a way to change my profile images.

I searched for this and didn’t find anything, and I definitely don’t know if this is a supported feature or not, but I thought I’d share with you how I did it.

Changing your profile picture

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Using Edge Chromium, switch to the profile for which you wish to set up a custom profile image. Make sure that it already has an image (if not, click on your profile, select Manage profile settings | | Edit | Change Picture )
  2. From the address bar, type edge://version
  3. From the About version page that shows up, look for Profile path.
  4. Copy the path that’s displayed next to it (it should be something like C:\Users\hugoa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge SxS\User Data\Profile 1)
  5. Launch a file explorer and navigate to that path. (I use [Windows]+[R] to launch the Run… dialog and paste the path).
  6. In the list of files that appear, look for one called Edge Profile Picture.png and make a backup copy of it.
  7. Find whatever custom image that you’d like to use, resize it to 424×424 pixels, and save it as Edge Profile Picture.png
  8. Close your browser and your new profile picture should show up
    My new profile picture

Conclusion

That’s it! I have now configured all my profiles to use the corporate logo of every tenant I have so that I easily tell which profile is currently in use.

Let me know if you found a better way to do this.

I hope this helps?

Photo credit

Image by Andre Mouton from Pixabay

Author

Microsoft MVP and PnP Team Member. Independent consultant. Certified SCRUM Master. SharePoint, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 are his favourite toys.

7 Comments

  1. Appreciate any info what else to do when Profile Picture isn’t changed to custom picture?
    Location C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Profile 2
    Edge Profile.ico
    Dimension 48×48
    Width and Height 48 Pixels
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19042.1288]

  2. André Bering Reply

    Does this solution still work on your side?
    I only see that the icon file is changed but no PNG file is created. Currently using version 89.0.774.68

  3. Chris Evans Reply

    It looks like that file is only created when you sign in to the profile. Non of the local profiles I have created over the past 3 months have the ‘Edge Profile Picture.png’ they only have the .ico file

    Any idea how you can do this for local profiles?

    • Sorry, I have to admit that I know nothing about macOS. If anyone has any tips that can help here, please share with us.

  4. Is there an updated post I only see ico file no profile pngs

    • I have found that it doesn’t create a profile PNG until you set an image manually, then wait a little. I have seen it take as long as 24 hours before the image showed up… but I also don’t reboot my PC very often 🙂

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