Manage Contacts on Samsung Galaxy S4

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This Howiki will show you on how to manage the contacts of Samsung Galaxy S4. In this article, you can learn how to complete the following actions: Create a contact

Edit a contact

Delete a contact

Add a speed dial number

Delete a speed dial number

Search for contacts

Available actions for contacts

Display contacts

Move contacts

Manage favorite contacts

Manage contact groups

Adding contacts to a group

Sending a message or email to all contacts on a group

Create a business card

Create a contact

If you want to add a new contact to your phone:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    Image of a Galaxy S4's Home screen with the Home button and the Back button are highlighted.
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap "Add contacts" and enter the information you want to add.
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Notable icons

Icon Meaning / Function
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Add a new contact. Tapping on this icon allows you to add a new contact to your phone
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Add image icon. Tapping on this icon allows you to add an image to a new contact.
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Add a contact field icon. Tapping on this icon allows you to add a field from your contact's details.
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Delete a contact field icon. Tapping on this icon allows you to delete a field from your contact's details.

Edit a contact

If you want to edit an existing contact to your phone:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    From the Contacts icon, choose the contact the you want to edit by tapping on it
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    Tap the "Edit contacts" icon (pencil icon on the upper-right part of your screen) and edit the information you want to change.
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    When you are done with editing the contact, tap on "Save" to save changes.
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    You are done with editing contacts on your Samsung Galaxy S4.
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Notable icons

Icon Meaning / Function
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Edit contact icon. Tapping on this icon allows you to edit an existing contact.

Delete a contact

If you want to delete an existing contact from your phone:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    Image of a Galaxy S4's Home screen with the Home button and the Back button are highlighted.
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap the Menu button to access the list of available actions.
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    Tap "Delete" to delete a contact.
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    The list of your contacts will now show.
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    Tap on the box beside each contact that you want to delete
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    The box should have a check mark on it.
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    Tap on the delete button on the upper-right part of your screen.
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    Confirm deletion by tapping on the OK button to delete the selected contacts.
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    Contacts are now deleted.
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Notable icons

Icon Meaning / Function
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Soft Menu button. The soft button located on the lower left part of your phone screen. Pressing on it allows you to view the menu which contains the list of available actions.

Add a speed dial number

If you want to set up a speed dial number:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap the Menu button to access the list of available actions.
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    Tap "Speed dial setting."
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    Select a speed dial number.
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    Select a contact that you want to assign it to.
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Delete a speed dial number

If you want to delete a speed dial number from your phone:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap the Menu button to access the list of available actions.
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    Tap "Speed dial setting."
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    Select a speed dial number with an assigned contact.
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    Tap and hold on it until a options of possible actions show.
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    Tap "Remove."
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Search for contacts

If you want to search for contacts from your phone:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    #In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Use any of these methods to search for contacts
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    1. Manually scroll the contact list to find the contact you are searching for.
    2. Tap the search field located at the top of your contact list and enter a name, a number, or any details of the contact.
    3. Use the index located at the right side of the contact for faster scrolling speeds. Do it by dragging your finger along it.
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Available actions for contacts

After selection of contacts you can do any of these:

Icon Meaning / Function
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Favorites icon. Tapping on this icon will make the selected contact be part of your favorite contacts.
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Voice call icon. Tapping on this icon allows you to make a voice call to the selected contact.
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Video call icon. Tapping on this icon allows you to make a video call to the selected contact.
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Compose message icon. Tapping on this icon allows you to go automatically to the messaging application and create and send an SMS message for your contact.
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Compose message icon. Tapping on this icon allows you to go automatically to the email application and create and send an email message for your contact.

Display contacts

By default, your phone will display the saved contacts on all its storage (internal memory. SIM, USIM, etc.). If you want to choose what storage will display the contacts on your phone:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap the Menu button to access the list of available actions.
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    Tap "Contacts" to display.
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    Select a contact to display its details on your phone.
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Move contacts

If you want to move contacts from your phone to your Google or Samsung contacts:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap the Menu button to access the list of available actions.
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    Tap "Merge accounts."
     
    1. Tap "Merge with Google" to merge contacts with Google.
    2. Tap "Merge with Samsung" to merge contacts with Samsung.
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Icon Meaning / Function
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Merged with Google icon. This icon indicates that the contact having this has its details merged with Google Contacts.
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Merged with Samsung icon. This icon indicates that the contact having this has its details merged with Samsung Contacts.

Manage favorite contacts

If you want to manage favorite contacts from your phone:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap the Menu button to access the list of available actions.
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    Choose from the list of possible actions
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    1. Search - Search for contacts on your phone.
    2. Add to favorites - Add a selected contact to the list of favorite contacts.
    3. Remove from favorites - Remove a selected contact to the list of favorite contacts.
    4. Grid view/List view - View contacts in grid or list form.
    5. Help - Access help information about using contacts
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Manage contact groups

If you want to manage the contact groups from your phone

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap the Menu button to access the list of available actions.
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    Choose from the list of possible actions
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    1. Create - Creates a new group to your phone.
    2. Search - Search for contacts on your phone.
    3. Change order - Tap the "Order" icon next to the group name. You can drag it down or up to another position. Tap "Done" when it is on your desired position.
    4. Delete groups - Select a group that you have manually added and tap "Delete." Default group contacts cannot be deleted.
    5. Help - Access information about using contacts.
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Adding contacts to a group

If you want to add contacts to the contact groups from your phone:

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    Select the group where you want to add the contact.
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    Tap the "Add contact" icon
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    Select the contacts you want to add.
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    Tap "Done" when you have added your desired contacts.
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Sending a message or email to all contacts on a group

If you want to send a message or an email to your contacts on a certain group:

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    Select a group that you want to send a message or an email.
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    Tap the menu button.
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    Select your desire message
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    1. Select "Send message" if you want to send a message to the group.
    2. Select "Send email" if you want to send an email to the group.
    3. Select all or selected members.
    4. Tap "Done."
    5. You will then be taken to the messaging application or the email application to compose your message.
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Notable icons

Icon Meaning / Function
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Add contact icon. On Groups, tapping on this icon will add a contact to your selected group.
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Change order icon. On Groups, tapping on this icon will allow you to rearrange the positions of your group list.

Create a business card

You can create your own digital business card and send it to your contacts through messaging, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. If you want to make one of your own:

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing on your Home button once or the Back key for a few time
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    From your Home Screen, tap on the Apps icon located on the lower-right part of your screen
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    Image of a Galaxy S4 with the Application icon highlighted.
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    In the Application folder, tap the "Contacts" icon
    Image of the Contacts icon on the Applications screen.
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    Tap "Set up my profile"
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    Enter your contact details.
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    Tap "Save" when you are done.
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    Tap the Menu button.
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    Choose "Share namecard via," and select your preferred sharing method.
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Questions and Answers

I cannot remove contacts from the Favorites

You can remove your contacts from the Favorites by doing the following:

  • Go to your Home screen by pressing on the Home button once. After that, tap on the Application icon on the lower-right part of the screen.
  • From the application list, tap on the Contacts icon to open it.
  • From the Contacts, tap on the Favorites tab to see the list of Favorites.
  • Tap and hold on a contact that you want to remove from the Favorites list, until an option shows. Tap on "Remove from favorites" from the list of available options.
  • Contacts will be removed from the Favorites now.

I already removed a contact, but it is still on the Favorites list

Your Favorite list also contains the contacts that you frequently communicate with. Tapping and holding on these contacts won't show an option remove them from the Favorites list. If you want to remove any contact from this list, then do the following:

  • Go to your Home screen by pressing on the Home button once. After that, tap on the Application icon on the lower-right part of the screen.
  • From the application list, tap on the Contacts icon to open it.
  • From the Contacts, tap on the Favorites tab to see the list of Favorites.
  • Tap on the Menu button, and tap on "Remove from favorites" option.
  • Choose the contacts that you want to be removed from the Frequently Contacted list by putting a checkmark on the box to the left of the contact. You can also tap on the "Delete all" option to delete all contacts from the Frequently Contacted list.
  • Tap on Done to save it.
  • Selected contacts are now deleted from the list.

I followed your instructions, but contacts are not deleted still

If contacts are not deleted, try to restart the phone and delete it again using the instructions detailed above. If the contact is still there, you can try an alternative way of deleting a contact by doing the following:

  • Go to your Home screen by pressing on the Home button once. After that, tap on the Application icon on the lower-right part of the screen.
  • From the application list, tap on the Contacts icon to open it.
  • From the Contacts, tap and hold on a contact that you want to delete.
  • Options will show and one of them is "Delete".
  • Tap on Delete to delete the contact.
  • Confirm deletion by tapping on the OK button.
  • Selected contact is now deleted on your phone.

How to send contacts to another number

There are many ways of sending contacts to another phones. You can share contacts through the following methods:

  • Share contacts through message. You can share selected contacts to other people through a phone message.
    • Go to your Home Menu > Apps icon > Contacts.
    • With Contacts opened, choose the contacts that you want to share; tap and hold on the contact to view options.
    • From the options, tap on "Share contact via message".
    • Choose what data of that contact you would like to share with and tap on Done.
    • Select a messaging application and you will be taken to the selected messaging app.
    • From the messaging app, choose the desired recipient and tap on the Send button.
  • Share contacts via Bluetooth and other methods. You can also share you contacts through emails, Bluetooth or other options.
    • Go to your Home Menu > Apps icon > Contacts.
    • With Contacts opened, choose the contacts that you want to share; tap and hold on the contact to view options.
    • From the options, tap on "Share namecard via" option.
    • Choose the method that you want to share the contacts with, you can choose Bluetooth, email, other applications and Wi-Fi direct.
    • Whatever method you choose, you will be asked for the recipient. Provide it and send the selected contact.

Can't put contact pictures on my Galaxy S4?

I select the images from the gallery for the contacts even do cropping still nothing happens. the contact icon remains the same

Make sure that you do it correctly. To change picture of a contact on your Samsung Galaxy 4, do these:

  • Go to your Home screen by tapping on the Home button once, or tapping on the Back key for a few times.
  • From Home screen, tap on the "Phone" icon on the lower-left part of the favorites bar.
  • On your Phone app, tap on the Contacts tab located on the extreme right part of the tab list.
  • Choose the contact that you want to change the profile picture by tapping on it.
  • From the selected contact's page, tap on the "blank face icon "on the upper-left part of the page.
  • A pop up prompt will show, choose the source of the picture that you want to associate with the contact.
  • Tap on the picture and crop it, tap on the Done button on the upper-right part of the crop function.
  • You have now successfully changed the profile picture of your contact. You will now see that the picture is now shown on the upper-left part of the screen.

Change the order of contacts in my favourite list?

Yes, I want to change the order of contacts in my favourite listcould you help with that

You can change the order of the people on your contact list but it is only on two options. "Sort by given name", or "sort by family name". To do that, follow these procedues:

  • From Home screen, tap on the "Phone" icon on the lower-left part of the favorites bar.
  • On your Phone app, tap on the Contacts tab located on the extreme right part of the tab list.
  • On the Contacts tab. tap on the Menu key (lower-left soft button key) and tap on Settings.
  • On Contacts Settings, tap on the "Sort lst by" option and choose the desired sorting method by ticking on any of the two options: "Given name" and "Family name"
  • Press the Back button once to get back to the Contacts page. You will now notice that the arrangement has now changed to the one that you just chose.

If you want to put selected people on top of the list, that is not currently possible but you can select some contacts to be aprt of your favorites. They will be seen in the Favourites tab. To do that, follow these:

  • From Home screen, tap on the "Phone" icon on the lower-left part of the favorites bar.
  • On your Phone app, tap on the Contacts tab located on the extreme right part of the tab list.
  • Choose the contact that you want to add into the Favourites tab.
  • From the selected contact's page, tap on the Favourite icon on the upper-right part of the page (star icon).
  • Tap on the back once to get back to Contacts, then tap on the Favourites tab.
  • You will now see that the selected contact is now on your the Favourites tab. This will allow you to easily view the details of the people that you usually communicate with.

Adding a member to group doesn't let me select the phone number?

I have both mobile & landline phone numbers for certain contacts. when I add them to a group, the phone never offers me the opportunity to select the phone number I want to use. So when I send a group test, the message gets sent to the landline phone, not the mobile. How do I fix it?

If you manually select your contact from the groups, you will be prompted what number will be used for SMS sending. This procedure can be a hassle because if you want to send a group message, you want to tap on the "Select All" button to easily select all contacts in the group. Selecting all contacts will automatically choose the first number on your contact's page. This means that if your contact has two numbers and the first one is 123, the second one is 124; then the phone will automatically use 123 as the number to send the SMS. To change these, follow these procedures:

  • From Home screen, tap on the "Phone" icon on the lower-left part of the favorites bar.
  • On your Phone app, tap on the Contacts tab located on the extreme right part of the tab list.
  • Choose the contact that you want to change the profile picture by tapping on it.
  • From the selected contact's page, you will see that your contact has his number details. If he has more than one number, they will be shown one below the other.
  • The top number will be selected as the default, to change it tap and hold on that number and choose copy.
  • Tap and hold on the same number again but this time choose delete.
  • The first number will now be deleted leaving the number below it as the default number.
  • You can add back the number by tapping on the Edit icon (pencil icon) on the upper part of the screen, then tap on the "+" icon to add a new number.
  • Tap and hold on the blank tab and choose "Paste" to paste the recently deleted number.
  • You are now done with changing the default number, try to send a test group message and you will now send your SMS to the right number.

I am trying to edit a contact but the icon is not allowing me to do so?

I tried to edit my contact and an information window popped up telling me to go somewhere in my settings and change something but i didnt read it all and moved forward with my edit. whatever i didnt change is now not allowing me to edit any of my contacts. ?? Visit the contact in your contact list select the contact from here select the pencil at the top right of the screen in regards to change or edit the contact fully

Can only seem to be able to edit mobile and home field in contacts . I want to remove a number from the other field?

I want to edit the other field in contacts but can only edit the home and mobile numbers While in the contact menu press on the pencil which will be located at the top right of your screen in order to edit other fields on the contact of this person.

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