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How to Add Contacts on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

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Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to add contacts to your iPhone or iPad in four different ways:
    • With the Contacts app
    • With the keypad
    • From your recent calls
    • From your messages

1 Add Contact

To Add Contacts Using the Contacts App

  1. Open the Phone app.
    iOS Phone app.
  2. Tap Contacts (1) at the bottom of the screen, then the Add (2) symbol in the top right corner.
    Contacts and Add pointed out in iOS Phone app.

    Alternatively, you can open the Contacts app and add a new contact from there the same way by tapping Add.
    iOS Contacts app.

  3. Tap in each labeled area to type in the contact's details. Add at least the Name (1) and Phone number (2) of a contact. To add more details, scroll through the screen to see what else you can add. Tap Done (3) in the top right corner to save the information.
    New Contact entry screen on iOS.

2 Add Contact (Keypad)

To Add Contacts Using the Keypad

  1. Open the Phone app.
    iOS Phone app.
  2. Tap Keypad (1) at the bottom of the screen, enter the phone number, then tap the Add (2) symbol in the top left corner.
    Keypad and Add pointed out in iOS Phone app.
  3. Tap in each labeled area to type in the contact's details. Add at least the Name (1) and Phone number (2) of a contact. To add more details, scroll through the screen to see what else you can add. Tap Done (3) in the top right corner to save the information.
    New Contact entry screen on iOS.

3 Add Contact (Recent Calls)

To Add Contacts From Recent Calls

  1. Open the Phone app.
    iOS Phone app.
  2. Tap Recents (1) at the bottom of the screen then Info (2) (letter "i" in a blue circle) to the right of an entry.
    Recents and Info pointed out in iOS Phone app.
  3. Then tap Create New Contact.
    Create New Contact option highlighted in caller details.
  4. Tap in each labeled area to type in the contact's details. Add at least the Name (1) and Phone number (2) of a contact. To add more details, scroll through the screen to see what else you can add. Tap Done (3) in the top right corner to save the information.
    New Contact entry screen on iOS.

4 Add Contact (Messages)

To Add Contacts From Messages

  1. Open Messages.
    iOS Messages app.
  2. Open a conversation that shows an unsaved number instead of a contact name.
  3. Tap Info (letter "i" in a blue circle) on the top right corner.
    Info pointed out in text message on iOS.
  4. Tap the unsaved phone number.
    Obfuscated phone number highlighted in message details.
  5. Then tap Create New Contact.
    Create New Contact option highlighted in message sender details.
  6. Tap in each labeled area to type in the contact's details. Add at least the Name (1) and Phone number (2) of a contact. To add more details, scroll through the screen to see what else you can add. Tap Done (3) in the top right corner to save the information.
    New Contact entry screen on iOS.

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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to add contacts to your iPhone or iPad in four different ways:
    • With the Contacts app
    • With the keypad
    • From your recent calls
    • From your messages

To Add Contacts Using the Contacts App

  1. Open the Phone app.
    iOS Phone app.
  2. Tap Contacts (1) at the bottom of the screen, then the Add (2) symbol in the top right corner.
    Contacts and Add pointed out in iOS Phone app.

    Alternatively, you can open the Contacts app and add a new contact from there the same way by tapping Add.
    iOS Contacts app.

  3. Tap in each labeled area to type in the contact's details. Add at least the Name (1) and Phone number (2) of a contact. To add more details, scroll through the screen to see what else you can add. Tap Done (3) in the top right corner to save the information.
    New Contact entry screen on iOS.

To Add Contacts Using the Keypad

  1. Open the Phone app.
    iOS Phone app.
  2. Tap Keypad (1) at the bottom of the screen, enter the phone number, then tap the Add (2) symbol in the top left corner.
    Keypad and Add pointed out in iOS Phone app.
  3. Tap in each labeled area to type in the contact's details. Add at least the Name (1) and Phone number (2) of a contact. To add more details, scroll through the screen to see what else you can add. Tap Done (3) in the top right corner to save the information.
    New Contact entry screen on iOS.

To Add Contacts From Recent Calls

  1. Open the Phone app.
    iOS Phone app.
  2. Tap Recents (1) at the bottom of the screen then Info (2) (letter "i" in a blue circle) to the right of an entry.
    Recents and Info pointed out in iOS Phone app.
  3. Then tap Create New Contact.
    Create New Contact option highlighted in caller details.
  4. Tap in each labeled area to type in the contact's details. Add at least the Name (1) and Phone number (2) of a contact. To add more details, scroll through the screen to see what else you can add. Tap Done (3) in the top right corner to save the information.
    New Contact entry screen on iOS.

To Add Contacts From Messages

  1. Open Messages.
    iOS Messages app.
  2. Open a conversation that shows an unsaved number instead of a contact name.
  3. Tap Info (letter "i" in a blue circle) on the top right corner.
    Info pointed out in text message on iOS.
  4. Tap the unsaved phone number.
    Obfuscated phone number highlighted in message details.
  5. Then tap Create New Contact.
    Create New Contact option highlighted in message sender details.
  6. Tap in each labeled area to type in the contact's details. Add at least the Name (1) and Phone number (2) of a contact. To add more details, scroll through the screen to see what else you can add. Tap Done (3) in the top right corner to save the information.
    New Contact entry screen on iOS.