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Use Contacts as a simple lists database


 Contacts is designed to store individual names, phone numbers, addresses, etc. But it can be used as a simple list database to store other information. For example, if you travel a lot on business, you can keep a list of the things you need to pack in Contacts. Simply create a new Contact called TravelList and place the list of items you need to pack in the notes field of the new contact. Other potential lists you might keep in Contacts are…

How to Transfer Contact Info on Your iPhone or iPod Touch


How many times have you wanted to send someone contact information from your iPhone or iPod Touch, but you couldn’t do it? Instead, you had to manually type the information into an Email to send it or tell them the information over the phone. Big time waster!

Forget your passcode? Restore your iPhone

The best way to avoid this is to write down your passcode and keep it somewhere safe. If you don’t do this and forget your passcode, you’ll have to connect your iPhone to your computer and use iTunes to restore the iPhone software. This will wipe out Contacts or Calendar info you have on the device, along with any music or videos on the device. You can then sync it with your PC or Mac to get the info and files back on.

Passcode-protect important information in Contacts

Setting a Passcode on your iPhone (screenshot)If you store important information on your iPhone, you’ll want to prevent anyone from accessing it in the event it is lost or stolen. To do this, you’ll need to set a passcode. Once activated, you’ll have to enter the four digit code when you turn on your iPhone. Here’s how you do it:

Use Contacts to store tech support,
 banking, and other information

You can use Contacts to store more than names and phone numbers. You can store information about your credit cards, calling cards, bank accounts, online log-in and passwords, travel clubs, insurance policies, and more.

List contact by company name

It’s possible to create a Contact so the company name shows up alphabetically in the Contacts list. Open a new contact, type in the company name in the Company field, and tap Save without entering anything in the First and Last fields. After it is saved, go back in and tap Edit to add first and last names and other information, but the entry will remain sorted and identified by the company name.

Change sort and display order

Contacts screenshotYou can change the way names are sorted and displayed in your Contacts list. Tap on the Settings icon in the Home screen and then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars. The Sort Order and Display Order options are in the Contacts section. (You may have to scroll down to see it.)

Combine address (phone) books
 from different sources

You can also use your device to combine different address books in iTunes, such as Outlook on a PC and Address Book on a Mac. Doing this will load all of your contacts onto all of your machines—your iPhone, PC, and Mac. Here’s how you do it:

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