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How to Set an Animated Memoji as Your Mac User Profile

In ‌macOS Monterey‌, you can use an animated Memoji as your Mac user profile instead of a boring static image. Let’s look at how.

But first, an explanation of Memojsi and Animojis: Animojis allow a user to choose an avatar (e.g., a puppet) to represent themselves. The Animoji can move and talk as if it were a video of the user. Animojis enable users to create personalized versions of emojis in a fun and creative way.

Memoji collection
Memoji collection

Memoji is the name used for iOS’s personalized “Animoji” characters. They can be created and customized right within Messages by choosing from a set of inclusive and diverse characteristics to form a unique personality. 

Choosing an animated Memoji

Okay, now back to using an animated Memoji as your Mac user profile. Here’s how:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups. 
  2. Hold/hover your pointer over the circled profile picture and click Edit. 
Hover over your profile picture
Profile picture

You’ll see a gallery of Memoji characters. Now you can select from them as your profile picture. 

Memoji profile picture
Memoji profile picture

Customizing your animated Memoji

Plus, you can customize ’em to your heart’s content by clicking the Edit button.

Editing your Memoji
Editing your Memoji

And … voila! Now you have some more interesting than a standard static image as your Mac user profile.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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