Each time I'm going to select a face picture for my contact in the MacBook Pro (Mid. 2010 OS X 10.11) and I select the option Faces the window display the following message:

Find and organise photos of <name_of_the_contact> in the photo app using Faces. 

The problem here is that I would like to choose a photo among the available pics in the Photo app for my contacts. Obviously I set one pics in the app Photo but these are not present in the list when I edit the photo in the contacts app. The two app appear to be not related each other.

Someone have had the same problem and maybe solve it?


I think you may have hit the difference between the old handling of Faces & the new.

If your Face is tagged as 'john', & 'john' is not in your Contacts list, it cannot find him.
If he's tagged as John Smith - john.smith@me.com then he can be found.

The only way to associate the two is to click the name under the face in Photos, start typing the name, then pick john.smith@me.com instead of just 'john'.

Then when you go back to Contacts, it can associate the Faces selection with the appropriate Contact.

Here's an example using some Davids - the top ones are my 'Faces' as I already have them; underneath are the same people as 'Contacts' which is imho a lot less 'chummy' but how you must tag people before they will correctly link as Contacts.

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    I tried but this doesn't solve my problem.
    – rebatoma
    Nov 14 '15 at 18:39
  • then… you did it wrong, In the above pictorial example, completing that 'Face' by selecting 'David K' will not work in Contacts. Selecting 'david[blur] @ .co.uk will then allow Contacts to associate the photos. It's immediate, you don't even need to relaunch either app.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 14 '15 at 19:02

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