Tips

January 17, 2017
iPhones with 3D Touch have Quick Actions that allow you to activate 3D Touch by hard-pressing an app and revealing places within that app you can quickly jump into. For example, when you 3D Touch the Settings app, you see multiple options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Battery. By tapping on of the options, you’ll jump into that place within the app. You can do a similar thing with the Phone app on iPhone. Except when you 3D Touch the Phone app, your options include Create a New Contact. Here’s how to create a new contact from the Home screen with 3D Touch.
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December 12, 2016
Do you have a person in your Contacts who you'd like to silence for awhile? You can turn on Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone for individual contacts, although the process is slightly different with iOS 13 than it was with previous operating systems. Whether you’re on a date and don't want to hear from that one friend who texts constantly or you’re in a meeting and don’t want to be disturbed by personal calls or texts, you need Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb mode is indicated by the crescent moon symbol or icon to the left of your selected contact, and allows you to mute texts and calls from the person you don't want interrupting you. Here’s how to turn on Do Not Disturb for one contact on iPhone with iOS 13.
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September 10, 2016
The Do Not Disturb function on iPhone allows you to silence all incoming calls, texts, and notifications. Here's how to bypass Do Not Disturb for individual contacts using a feature called Emergency Bypass. This allows the people designated to reach you on your iPhone even if your Do Not Disturb settings are set to silence calls and texts from everyone. Here's how you can tweak the a contact's settings to override Do Not Disturb when it’s turned on so that you’ll still hear their incoming call or text or both. 
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August 27, 2016
Some names are really popular. You might have four Davids in your Contacts on iPhone and no clear way to tell them apart. If you have a lot of contacts with the same name, this tip will help you tell them apart and keep your Contacts organized. Also, this tip is helpful when sending iMessages, since a select contact only shows the first name of the recipient. Here’s how to organize Contacts with the same name.
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August 12, 2016
The Do Not Disturb setting is pretty handy, especially when you’re at work or sleeping. This feature allows you to receive all your usual notifications, minus the disruptive sounds and vibrations that tend to come with them. But what if someone on your favorites list (like your brother, mom, best friend, etc.) has an emergency and can’t get ahold of you? Well, there’s an easy way to let their call pass through the Do Not Disturb barrier. Here’s how to let Favorites contact you when Do Not Disturb is turned on.
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July 06, 2016
Deleting multiple contacts at once on iPhone is no small feat. Erasing contacts individually from your iPhone will take a long time since there’s no multi-delete option in Contacts on iPhone. In fact, the easiest way to quickly delete multiple contacts from iPhone or from iPad is to do it on a Mac or PC. You can easily mass delete multiple contacts on your computer and the results will show up on your iPhone, as long as you have Contacts enabled in your iPhone's iCloud settings. This tip covers how to remove multiple contacts from iPhone 7, iPhone 6, and older models. We’ll also cover how to delete a contact from your iPhone individually and what to do if you’re clearing all your contacts at once from your iPhone because you are getting rid of the phone.
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June 25, 2016
The process of deleting contacts on iPhone is not obvious. Unlike other apps on iPhone that let you tap Edit and multi-select for easy deletion, the option for deleting contacts on iPhone is hidden within each Contact’s information card. But once you know how to delete one, it’s easy. Here’s how to delete a contact on iPhone.
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June 15, 2016
Contacts on the iPhone allows us easily keep track of all the people we’re in communication with. From friends and family to coworkers and colleagues, the Contacts app is the place where all our contact information comes together. However, people change their email addresses and phone numbers every now and again, so being able to edit those contacts is essential. Here’s how to edit a contact.
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May 21, 2016
Setting your Home address in Maps on your iPhone or iPad makes it easy to get directions from your current location to Home. Likewise, by setting a Work address and Favorites, whether in Apple Maps or Google Maps, getting directions to those set locations only takes a couple of taps. If you’ve already set your Home address in Apple or Google Maps, it’s still helpful to know this tip in case you ever need to update your home, work, or other favorite address. We’ll divide this article up by Apple Maps and Google Maps. Then for each map app, we’ll go over how to set your home address, work address, and create Favorites. Overall, having these set will save you time when planning daily routes and creating maps to and from frequently visited locations.
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May 19, 2016
In order to sometimes fit more names on your iPhone's screen, your Contacts’ names will appear shortened. By default, your settings are set to shorten only the first name. However, you can customize this feature or turn it off completely in your Settings app. Here’s how to change how long names are shortened in lists.
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April 21, 2016
In your Contacts app, you can assign photos to each contact for easy recognition. When you open the Messages app, you’ll see a photo next to each message if that contact has been assigned a photo. However, if you’d prefer to turn this feature off, it’s easy to do. Here’s how to disable contact photos.
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March 26, 2016
It's inevitable that you will occasionally find yourself with duplicate entries for the same contact. Fortunately, merging the information into a single entry is relatively simple. Here’s how to merge duplicate contacts.
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March 10, 2016
When you have multiple entries in Contacts for a single person, you can link the contacts together into a unified contact card. This is fairly easy to do; when you edit a contact, the option to link is found near the bottom of the menu. However, if you link two contacts with different first or last names, only one name appears on the unified card. Here’s how to choose which name appears when you view a unified contact card.
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December 17, 2015
Did you know you can choose a different iPhone ringtone for each of your contacts? Personalizing ringtones by assigning a different sound or song to each contact means that when a friend calls, you’ll immediately know who it is based on their custom ringtone. You can set as many or as few personalized ringtones for your iPhone contacts as you desire. This ringtone customization has been around for awhile, so your iPhone should have no problem even if it’s a little older. Here’s how to change ringtones on your iPhone, so individual contacts have their own unique sound.
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December 13, 2015
By default, the Contacts app sorts your contacts by last name. And it displays them in the order of first name, last name. But perhaps you're not good at remembering last names and would prefer to sort contacts by first name. Or you might prefer to have them displayed last name first so that it's easier to scan down the list for a particular person. Fortunately, you can change both the sort order as well as the display order in Settings. Here’s how to change the order of your contacts on iPhone.
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December 11, 2015
Social media is one of many ways to keep in contact with someone these days; it makes sense to include that information within a contact card, especially for the people you interact with most. Doing so allows you to view their social media profile directly from Contacts. Here’s how to include someone’s social media profile information in their contact card.
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November 24, 2015
Say goodbye to searching for a friend’s contact info when you want to call or email them. With 3D Touch (only on the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus), you can view contact information in any app where the circle containing a contact’s initials or image appears. You’ll be able to call, FaceTime, message, or email your friends and family without having to open a separate app.
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November 12, 2015
With iOS 9, your iPhone looks through the Mail app to let you know who might be calling when an unknown number comes in. This is true for outgoing calls as well; iOS 9 will try to match the number you’re calling with a contact from emails. If this is a function you’d like to turn off, here’s how.
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