Adding and managing contacts

The iPad allows you to save contact information for the people you know using the Contacts app. You can use saved contact information to quickly place a FaceTime call, send an email, and more. The iPad allows you to create as many contacts as you need, so you'll always have important contact information with you.


To add a contact:

  1. Tap the Contacts icon on the Home Screen.
  2. The contacts list will appear. Tap the + button.
  3. Enter the desired contact information. At the very least, you should enter a first and last name, as well as an email address. However, you can also enter other information, like a phone numberstreet addressbirthday, and more.
  4. When you're finished, tap Done.

Editing a contact

editing a contact

To edit information for an existing contact, select the Contact, then tap Edit.

When you want to add a Phone number, tapping: Add Phone will bring up the Home phone number. If you want to add different types of numbers like a work, fax, mobile phone number, tap Home.

To add additional phone numbers, tap: Add Phone. Tap Done when you're finished.



Add / Edit a Contact from an Email Message

If you tap the Sender in an email message, you can add that sender as a New Contact or add the  Sender's details to an existing Contact.

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Add a photo to the Contact

In a Contact, tap, Add Photo. you can choose to either take a photo with the Camera or choose an existing photo from the Camera Roll.

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Managing Contacts with iCloud

If you want to add or edit several contacts at the same time, you might find it easier to use a computer with a normal keyboard. To do this, simply navigate to, click Contacts, then add or edit your contacts as needed. When you're done, the information will be automatically synced to your iPad.

Every time you make a change to your Contacts app on the iPad, those changes will be automatically synced to your iCloud account and pushed down to any other device running iCloud. You will always be up to date. If you need to access your contacts and you don't have your iPad or iPhone handy, you can always log on to your iCloud account to get access. All you need is a computer connected to the internet.
Make sure you have Contacts turned ON in the iCloud Settings

Make sure you have Contacts turned ON in the iCloud Settings

Navigating your Contacts

If you have a lot of different people saved to your contacts list, it can be difficult to find a contact quickly. Fortunately, there are two easy ways to navigate your contacts.

Search for a Contact

You can quickly search all of your contacts by using the Search bar at the top of the contacts list. Just tap the Search bar and type. Any contacts matching your search will appear.


Browse for a Contact

You can quickly browse through your contacts list by letter. Just tap the desired letter to the right of the contacts list. You can also drag your finger up or down the letters to quickly scroll through your contacts.

Browse by letter for a Contact

Browse by letter for a Contact

Search for a Contact

Search for a Contact

Your Info Card

If you'd like Siri to access your personal contact information, you'll need to set the My Info card. This will allow Siri to answer more complex requests, such as "Give me directions home" or "Remind me about my meeting when I get to work." If you have entered your birthday into your profile along with your contact details, then your iPad will wish you a Happy Birthday when the day arrives.

** Before you can set the My Info card, you'll need to create a contact with your own name and information.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home Screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars in the left pane.
  3. Scroll down and tap My Info under Contacts.
My Info settings
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4. Your contacts list will appear. Locate and select your name.

5. The My Info card will now be set with your information.


Add Relationship Labels

If you'd like Siri to understand your relationships to different contacts (for example, that Frank is your brother and that Susan is your mother), you can add relationship labels. This allows Siri to respond to more personal requests, such as "Call my brother" or "Send mum a text message."

You can set a relationship label for a contact manually. When viewing the contact, tap Edit, then scroll down and select Add related name.  Tap the default relationship label - Manager - and you can select Spouse or Assistant. Then Click Done to save the information.

add a relationship label

Using Google contacts on your iPad

If you're using an Android device then your Contacts, Calendar and mail will likely be with Google - GMAIL, Google Calendar and Google Contacts. However, Apple's iPad Calendar and Contacts apps do  not talk to Google's apps.  There is a way to use your Google Calendar and Contacts information on your iPad and keep  that information synchronised.

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