Update or delete a photo for a shared contact

Updating a photo for a shared contact is slightly different than updating a shared contact's information. For information about working with a shared contact's information, see Update or delete a shared contact. When using photo links, you must specify the authorization token in the HTTP header. For more information, see Learn about authentication and authorization.

Update a photo for a shared contact

Every shared contact has a photo link element. The photo link element appears whether the contact has an associated photo or not. If the contact does have a photo, then the element contains a gd:etag attribute that specifies an ETag HTTP header for the photo. An ETag lets you refer to a specific version of a particular entry. In this case, it lets you refer to a specific verion of a photo. If the contact has no photo, then there's no gd:etag attribute, and the href attribute provides the URL to use to add a photo to the contact.

  • To add or update a photo, send a new photo:

    PUT https://www.google.com/m8/feeds/photos/media/liz%40DOMAIN/PHOTO_LINK

    Replace the following:

    • DOMAIN: The URL for your domain—for example, example.com.
    • PHOTO_LINK: A unique numerical value that represents the photo link for the shared contact—for example, c9012de.

    The following is an example of a photo link element:

    <link rel="http://schemas.google.com/contacts/2008/rel#photo"
    type="image/*" href="https://www.google.com/m8/feeds/photos/media/liz%40example.com/c9012de">

Delete a photo for a shared contact

To delete a photo, you must use the HTTP DELETE method.

When updating or deleting a photo, send the photo's ETag in the If-Match header of the HTTP request. If you don't have the latest version of the photo use If-Match: * to override the versioning system and delete the photo.

For more information about ETags, see the Google Data APIs protocol reference.