How to Add a Contact to the Contacts App on Your iPhone

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The Contacts app keeps all your phone numbers and other contact info in one place, and also integrates in really useful ways with Maps, Siri, and other iPhone features. Here's how to add a contact on your iPhone.

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How to Add a Contact to Your iPhone

We've gone over how to share a contact from your iPhone, how to search contacts on your iPhone, and how to create a contact group on an iPhone. For more tips about the Contacts app and Phone app, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's learn how to add a contact on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Phone app and tap the Contacts tab.

  2. Alternately, open the Contacts app.

  3. Tap the plus icon in the upper-right corner.

  4. Type the person’s name.

    add contacts name
  5. Tap the green dot next to add phone and enter your new contact's phone number.

    add phone number to contact
  6. You can also add a company name, email address, URL, address, and more.
  7. Tap Done when finished.

    tap done

How to Add a Contact After a Call

If someone called you and you want to save their information as a contact:

  1. Tap Recents.

  2. Tap the circled info icon to the right of the phone number you want to save.

    tap the info icon
  3. Select Create New Contact.

    create new contact after phone call
  4. The phone number is already filled in, so just add the person's name.
  5. Tap Done.​

Add Additional Contact Details to the Contacts App

You can tap on any contact in the Contacts tab of the Phone app or the Contacts app to add information to the contact card. You can add multiple phone numbers for the same contact and label them as home, work, and more. Then, if you ask Siri to call or text this person, you can easily specify which number to call by saying something like, "Hey Siri, call [contact name] at home." To do this:

  1. Tap Edit.

    tap edit
  2. Tap add phone to add more phone numbers for this contact.

    tap add phone
  3. Tap the tag next to the number you've already entered to add a different label to the number.

    tap the label next to the number
  4. Choose the new label.

    add a label to a number
  5. Scroll further down the Contact page, and you'll see you can add emails, addresses, and more. Fill these in and designate what type of information it is so you can use Siri commands like "Hey Siri, give me directions to Bill's house." Or, "Hey Siri, email Bill at work."

  6. Siri will use the address you've designated as "home" or the email you've designated as "work" in Bill's contact info. You don't have to take the extra step, but then Siri will not always understand these commands.

  7. Once you've entered all the contact information, tap Done to save.


Now you know how to add and fill in contacts in the Contacts App! Next, consider personalizing by giving your favorites a personalized text tone and ringtone!

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    Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.