How to customize Contacts on your iPhone/ iPad

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In spite of having used iDevices for a long time, many iOS users feel difficult to manage friends, family, and partner’s phone number. You want to add optional sounds or images to your iPhone so that you can distinguish between a call from your girlfriend and your boss, for instance, and know which one you should take. Therefore, personalizing your contacts is the easiest way to manage your list of contacts in your phone which you may want to talk to. In this article, we will show you how to customize Contacts on your iPhone/iPad

  1. How to sort Contacts by first/ last name on your iPhone/ iPad

Some users like their contacts listed by first name, others by last. You can display your contacts list as you want by the Sort Order.

  • From your Home screen of your device, open the Settings
  • Tap on Contacts
  • Scroll down to find and then tap on Sort Order
  • You can tap on First, Last or Last, First to sort in your Contacts list. It depends on you.


Sort order is different from display order. Sort order will organize your contacts following your first/last name preferences. Display order will decide whether the first name or last name is displayed first.

To change Display order, just do the same steps as above, but in step 3 instead of tapping Sort Order, you select Display

  1. How to add a photo to a contact on your iPhone/ iPad

  • Open Contacts from your Home screen.
  • Select a contact you want to add a photo to.
  • Tap on Edit at the top right corner.


  • At the top left corner, tap on Add Photo
  • Tap on Choose Photo to select from the images available on your iPhone. If you choose Take Photo, the camera will open and you can snap and use a photo to add to the contact.
  • Select the album containing the photo you want to use.


  • Tap on the photo you use with your contact.
  • Drag the image until it is centered.
  • Tap on Choose.


  • Tap on Done to save your changes.

Now when you receive a call or messages from that contact, the image you added will be displayed. This makes you easier to find messages from a specific contact.

  1. How to make a favorite contact on your iPhone/ iPad
  • Open Contactsfrom your Home screen.
  • Tap on a contactyou want to make favorite.
  • Tap on Add to Favorites
  • Select Messageor Phone
  • Choose phone numberyou want to add favorite for that contact

Now when you open the Contacts app or Facetime, you can quickly find these contacts by tapping the Favorites right at the bottom left corner.

  1. How to set notification for contacts on your iPhone/iPad

If you set up custom sounds or vibrations for specific contacts, so you will always know all from them even without needing to check your phone. To do that, just follow these simple steps

  • Open Settings >Contacts on your device
  • Select a contactyou would like to set custom sounds or vibrations.
  • Tap on Edit at the top right corner.


  • Tap on Ringtone to change the sound for calls from specific people.
  • Choose a ringtone from your optional list.


  • Tap on Done to save.

To customize vibration patterns for phone calls as well as audio notifications, you just follow these same basic steps above

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