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How to add a new contact to iPhone

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Khamosh Pathak

Without your contacts, your iPhone is not a full phone. You can import your contacts from Google or iCloud. However, in some cases you will need to manually add a new contact to your iPhone. This is how it works.

How to add contact using the Phone app

You can add a new contact using the Phone app and Contacts app. The process is the same. In this example we are using the Phone app (as you may already be familiar with it).

Open the Phone app on your iPhone and switch to the Contacts tab.

Go to the Contacts tab in the Phone app

Tap the “+” symbol in the top right corner.

On the Contacts tab, tap the Plus button

From above, you can add the first and last name and company details of the new contact.

Enter the name and company details

Scroll down and tap the “Add Phone” button first.

Tap the Add Phone button

A new phone number field will appear. Enter your phone number here.

Enter the number

You can now scroll down and add their email address, address, birthday and notes in a similar way.

If you want to assign a special ringtone, go to the Ringtone section. From here you can also activate emergency bypass to forward your calls even if you have do not disturb enabled.

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Lastly, scroll back up. To add a contact photo, tap the Add Photo link.

Tap Add Photo

On the next screen you will see several options for profile photos. You can use a photo from your camera roll or a Memoji or Animoji.

Tap the Photos button to select a photo from your camera roll.

Tap the Photos button

Here you can browse all of your photos. Tap an image to select it.

Select the profile photo

Now you can move and scale the photo to fit the circle. Then tap the “Select” button.

After scaling the photo, tap Select

Finally, you can add a filter to the profile picture. Tap the Done button to save the profile photo.

After selecting the photo filter, tap Done

You will be taken back to the profile screen. Tap the Done button in the upper right corner again.

After confirming the photo, tap the Done button

Now go through the new contact creation page to make sure everything looks fine. Tap the Done button to save the contact.

Tap Done to save the contact

You can now see the contact in the Contacts app on your iPhone.

How to add a contact from the call log

Very often you want to save the phone number of someone who just called you. In this case, you don’t have to enter the phone number yourself.

Open the Phone app on your iPhone and switch to the Recent tab.

In the Phone app, switch to the tab

Find the number you want to save and then tap the “i” button on the right side of the screen.

Tap on the tab

Now tap on the “Create new contact” button.

Tap Create New Contact

You will see the familiar New Contact screen (from the section above). The difference is that the phone number has already been added. You can now fill in the rest of the details, including a profile photo. When you’re done, tap the Done button to save the contact.

Tap Done to save a new contact

How to find and call a contact

If you’re new to iPhone, you may be wondering how exactly to find a saved contact. Well there is the traditional route and then a few quick shortcuts.

Open the Phone app on your iPhone and switch to the Contacts tab. Tap the Search bar at the top of the screen and search for the contact.

On the People tab, tap Search Bar

Select the contact from the search results to view their detailed information.

Select the contact from the search results

Now tap the “Call” button to make a call.

Tap Call to call the contact

Alternatively, you can use Spotlight Search to quickly find and call a contact.

On your iPhone’s home screen, swipe down on the display to bring up the search bar. Simply enter the contact name here. You will see their contact page at the top of the list. Tap the Call button next to the name to place a call.

In Spotlight Search, tap the Call button

However, the quickest way is to use Siri. On iPhones with Face ID, press and hold the side button on your phone and say “Call (contact name)”. On older iPhones with Touch ID, press and hold the fingerprint sensor to bring up Siri.

The first time you make the call, Siri will ask you which number you want to use. After that, Siri will place the call for you directly.

Call someone with Siri

Have you saved your contacts in Gmail? You can sync and manage contacts through the Settings app on your iPhone.

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