Between multiple phone numbers, email accounts, social media accounts and home/work addresses, the contact list in your cell phone is more important than ever. Managing this information can be cumbersome and time-consuming, especially if you are using your device for both personal and business use. Luckily Apple’s Contacts – in typical Apple fashion – is simple, stylish and easy to use.
Mobile communication has evolved to include text messaging, email and social media … but the nucleus of what drives this communication has stayed the same: the contact list. Gone are the days of the little black book and the desktop rolodex. In today’s digital world full of multi-channel communication methods, personal contact information needs to be organized, accessible and easy to manage. Luckily Apple has your back with the latest version of their Contacts app for iOS8.
Before manually entering contacts or syncing contacts from an existing list you should customize your contact settings for what’s most appropriate for you and set up My Info. To adjust contact settings tap Settings >Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then scroll down to the “Contacts” portion of the screen. Here users have the option to change the way contacts are sorted and displayed.
My Info is a feature that allows you to use personalized commands for Safari, Siri, and other apps like “remind me about my appointment when I get home” or “give me directions home.” Simply go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then tap My Info and select the contact card with your name and information. If you haven’t already created a contact card for yourself go ahead and do that first.
Build Your Network
The most basic way to build your contact is to add contacts manually. Once in the Contacts app, tap the + sign in the top right corner. Simply fill in as many of the blank fields as you’d like and tap “Done” in the top right corner.
If you already have an existing contact list stored somewhere else then integrating them into your iPhone is a much more efficient process. Below is a list of ways to integrate contacts from an existing list:
- iCloud – If you currently have contacts stored in iCloud simply tap Settings > iCloud, then turn on Contacts.
- Facebook – Want to sync with your Facebook contact list? Tap Settings > Facebook > select “Allow These Apps to Use Your Accounts”.
- Google – Sync your Google contacts by tapping Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap your Google account, then turn on Contacts.
- Microsoft Exchange Global Address – This is often used for company or work email accounts. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap your Exchange account, then turn on Contacts.
- LDAP or CardDAV – Access business or school directories by tapping Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Other. Tap Add LDAP account or Add CardDAV account, then enter the account information.
- SIM card (GSM) – Depending on which carrier you use, transferring contacts via SIM card may be an option. Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Import SIM Contacts.
When merging contacts from multiple sources it is possible that your device will load multiple entries for the same contact. These double entries can be easily merged by tapping “Link Contact” at the very bottom of every contact card.
Prioritize the VIP people in your life by designating certain contacts as “Favorites.” Favorites automatically get added to your Favorites list in the Phone app for quick access. Calls from Favorites also bypass the Do Not Disturb function.
Save from Call Log
To save a phone number that you just dialed in manually or that just called you, simply tap the number in the call log and tap “Create New Contact.” If the number is a different number of someone that you already have a contact card created for click “Add to Existing Contact.”
Just like the My Info feature, you can set certain contacts to be identified by their relation to you. For example, you can tell Siri to “Call mom” instead of having to state the name that her contact card is saved under.
Search for contacts by tapping the search field at the top of the Contacts page or use the Spotlight Search by dragging down from the center of the Home screen.
To share an entire contact card with another iPhone user tap a contact, then tap Share Contact toward the bottom of the screen.
To link contacts with their social media profiles tap a contact > edit > add social profile.
To delete a contact simply tap the contact, scroll to the bottom and tap Delete Contact.