Manage Contacts on Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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Another great feature of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is the device's ability to manage contacts. Adding, editing and calling/messaging your contacts is as simple as few taps and swipes. In addition to an easy to navigate and use native contacts app, the Pixel and Pixel XL makes it simple to add contact shortcuts, directly to the home screen.

Below we'll take you through everything involved with managing your contacts on your Google Pixel or Pixel XL, so you'll be able to keep your communications running fluid and hassle-free.


Create, Edit, Share & Delete a Contact on Google Pixel & Pixel XL

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    To create a new contact, tap "Contacts" from the home screen.
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    On the main Contacts screen, tap the "+" symbol in the lower right corner.
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    Here on a new contact page, you can enter in all the information you have, such as; phone numbers, email addresses, names, titles, etc. If you want to add additional fields for more details, tap "More fields".
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    To add a photo to your new contact, tap the camera icon, then select where to get the image. You can also add or change a contact's photo in edit mode.
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    Once you're satisfied with all the information you've entered, tap "SAVE".
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    To edit an existing contact, open one, then tap the pencil icon in the lower right corner.
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    Once you've edited your contact, tap "SAVE".
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    To share a contact, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, followed by "Share".
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    Here you can choose how you would like to share your contact.
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    To delete a contact, select one from the main Contacts screen, then tap the trash bin icon. When prompted with the confirmation, tap "DELETE".
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Call, Email, Message & Favorite a Contact

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    From the home screen, tap "Contacts", followed by the person you wish to call, message or email.
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    While on your contact's screen, tap the little telephone icon to begin a call.
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    To send an email to your contact, tap the envelope icon. This will open a new email with your default account as the sender.
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    If you want to text or SMS your contact, tap the little message icon. This will open up your default SMS app.
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    To add a contact to your favorites, go to their screen and tap the star in the upper right corner.
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Create a Shortcut, Set a Ringtone, & Route to Voicemail

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    You can add a shortcut to your home screen for a particular person or business. Go to your contact's screen, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, followed by "Create shortcut".
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    To set a ringtone for a contact, tap the three-dot menu, then tap "Set ringtone".
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    Here you can choose a ringtone for your contact, or, if you have one set, you can set it to "NONE".
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    To set a contact to go directly to your voicemail when they call you, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, followed by "Route to voicemail".
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  • Import or Export Contacts

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      To import contacts, tap the "Contacts" app from the home screen.
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      On the main Contacts screen, tap the hamburger menu in the upper left corner, followed by "Settings".
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      On your contacts settings screen, tap "Import", then choose where to import from.
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      To Export your contacts, tap "Export" while on the contacts settings screen.
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      Now you have to select where to export your contacts to. Tap the hamburger menu in the top left corner, then select where to save your contacts file.
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      Once you've selected the location to save your contacts to, tap "SAVE". You can rename the file to anything you want.
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    Tips, Tricks and Warnings

    • Although your contacts get synced with Google automatically (if using a Google account), backing up or exporting your contacts once in awhile is a good habit to get into.
    • If you have certain people you contact often, add a shortcut to your home screen to save time.

    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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