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HBO Max just added a feature we wish Netflix had — how to try it now

HBO Max gets better every day, and its latest trick to be the best streaming service is so obvious we’re shocked Netflix hasn’t done it before. In addition to adding a series of profile photo options, you can now use an actual photo of yourself for your HBO Max account. Yes, unlike every other service where you pick a favorite character or design, HBO Max will now let you be your own profile photo. 

This feature is available now (we’ve used it for ourselves) and rolling out to all devices by March 26. Oh, and they’re also throwing in 120 of their own characters, too. So no matter if you identify as Daenerys Targaryen, Angela Abar from Watchmen, Westworld’s The Man in Black or yourself, we’ve got step-by-step instructions for how to make it happen. 

This is a major improvement over what HBO Max had before, where a single initial represented your profile. 

(Image credit: Henry T. Casey)

According to the press release announcement, the “image will then appear across all supported platforms where the user is signed in.” That may take some time, though, as we don’t see ours updated yet in Chrome, despite uploading on the HBO Max app on an iPhone.

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