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

Saving phone numbers in your iPhone's Contacts app is a quick way to know who's calling you or for you to make a phone call yourself. The Contacts app also integrates in really useful ways with Maps, Siri, and other iPhone features, so it's worth taking the time to enter all of a contact's information. Here's how to create and contacts on your iPhone.

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Creating a Phone Contact

  • Open the Phone app and make sure you are in the Contacts tab. Or open the Contacts app itself.

  • Tap the + in upper right corner.

  • Type the person’s name.

  • Tap the green dot next to add phone and enter the person’s phone number.

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

  • Tap Recents.

  • Tap the circled i icon to the right of the phone number you want to save.

  • Select Create New Contact.

  • The phone number is already filled in, so just add the person's name.

Adding Additional Contact Details

  • When you tap on the phone label, it opens a menu so you can label the phone number as home, work, and others. You can add multiple numbers for the same contact using these labels. 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 Person A at home."

  • Scroll further down the intial 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."
  • 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.

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

Now you know how to add and fill contacts for the Contacts App!

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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.