How do I create or edit a contact?

There are two main ways to enter contacts into your device. You can enter them manually on your iOS device, one-by-one, or you can sync them from a computer or online contact manager. Syncing them from another source is probably the easiest and most efficient way to do it. It allows you to use your desktop computer’s keyboard to enter contacts, which is easier than pecking away on an iOS device keyboard.

Create new contact manually:

  1. new contactOpen Contacts.

  2. Tap on the plus (+) button (iPhone/iPod touch: top right of the screen; iPad: bottom right of the left panel).
  3. Enter information into each field, starting with First (name). To move to the next field, tap on the Return key.
  4. Tap on the Done button to save the new contact.

Edit an existing contact:

  1. Open Contacts.
Tap on the contact you want to edit.

  3. Tap on the Edit button (bottom left of the screen).
  4. Tap on a field to select it and edit the information.
  5. Tap the Done button to save the new contact information.

Sync your contacts from your computer using iTunes:

  1. syncContact Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes and select the name of your device in the Devices section in the left panel.
  3. Click on the Info tab.

  4. On Macs, click on the Sync Address Book check box.
  5. On Windows PCs, click on the Sync Contacts check box and select the source of your contacts (Outlook, Google Contacts, Windows Contacts, Yahoo! Address Book).
  6. Select individual contact groups (see tip) or select the All Contacts button.
  7. Click the Apply button in the bottom right corner of the iTunes screen.

Organize contacts in groups before syncing

Before you sync your contacts with your device, it can be helpful to divide them into groups. You don’t need to do this if you want to import all of your contacts, but this is helpful if you have a large number of contacts and only want to sync a portion of them. Unfortunately, iTunes doesn’t support syncing groups from Outlook; you’ll have to sync all your contacts and then manually delete the ones you don’t want on your device.

To create contact groups:

You cannot create groups on your iOS device; you need to do it on your computer and then sync them over.

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  • If you’re using Windows Live Contacts: Click on New>Category, and create the group name you want. Click every contact you want to include in the group and save.
  • If you’re using Contacts for Windows 7 or Windows Vista: Click on New Contact Group, create your group name, and click on Add to Contact Group to select the contacts you want to sync.
  • If you’re using Address Book for Mac: Click File>New Group, create a group name, and drag the contacts into the new group.

  • If you’re using Google mail: Click on Contacts> New Group, create a group name, and check off every contact you want in the group. Click on the Groups drop-down navigation bar and select the group you created to add the contacts to.

Use a business card scanner to make contact entry easier

A number of apps are available that let iOS devices equipped with cameras scan business cards, convert the scan to text, and enter it into the iOS Contacts list. Check out the following:
CamCard (Free,

Business Card Reader ($2.99,

ScanBiz Cards ($6.99,; Free “Lite” version,

WorldCard Mobile ($5.99.; Free “Lite” version,; versions for other languages also available)

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