Without your contacts, your iPhone is not a complete phone. You can import your contacts from Google or iCloud, but there will be times when you need to manually add a new contact to your iPhone. This is how it works.
To add contact to the phone app
You can add a new contact with the “Phone”; app and the “Contacts” app. The process is the same. In this example, we use the phone app (as you may already know it).
Open the “Phone” app on your iPhone and go to the “Contacts” tab.
Click here on the “+” icon in the upper right corner.
From the top, you can add the new contact’s first name, last name, and company information.
Scroll down and first press the “Add phone” button.
This shows a new phone number field. Enter their phone number here.
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 so that their calls go through even when you are not disturbed activated.
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Finally, roll back to the top. To add a contact photo, tap the “Add Photo” link.
From the next screen, you will see several profile photo options. You can use a photo from your camera roll, or you can use a Memoji or an Animoji.
Press the “Photos” button to select a photo from your camera roll.
You can browse all your photos here. Tap an image to select it.
Now you can move and scale the image to fit in the circle. Then press the “Select” button.
Finally, you can add a filter to the profile picture. Press the “Done” button to save the profile photo.
You will be taken back to the profile screen. Press the “Done” button again in the upper right corner.
Now go through the new contact page to make sure everything looks good. Press the “Done” button to save the contact.
Now you see the contact in the Contacts app on your iPhone.
How to add a contact from the call log
Quite often you want to save the phone number of someone who has just called you. In this case, you do not need to enter the phone number yourself.
Open the “Phone” app on your iPhone and go to the “Recent” tab.
Here you will find the number you want to save and then press the “i” button on the right of the screen.
Now press the “Create new contact” button.
You will see the familiar “New Contact” screen (from the section above). The difference here 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 are done, press the “Done” button to save the contact.
How to find and call a contact
If you are new to the iPhone, you may be wondering how exactly to find a saved contact. There is the traditional way and then a couple of quick shortcuts.
Open the “Phone” app on your iPhone and go to the “Contacts” tab. Click here on the “Search” field at the top of the screen and search for the contact.
Select the contact from the search results to see their detailed information.
Now press the “Call” button to make a call.
Alternatively, you can also use Spotlight Search to quickly find and call a contact.
Swipe down on the screen of your iPhone Home screen to display the search bar. Here you just write the contact name. You see their contact page at the top of the list. Press the “Call” button next to their name to make a call.
However, the fastest way is to use Siri. On iPhones with Face ID, press and hold the “Side button” on your smartphone and say “Call (contact name).” On older iPhones with a Touch ID, press and hold the fingerprint sensor to bring up Siri.
If you are calling for the first time, Siri will ask you which number you want to use. Then Siri will call you directly.
Have your contacts been saved in Gmail? You can sync and manage contacts from the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
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