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You can also customize your contacts database to include additional information,

such as each contact’s photo, as well as detailed and freeform notes related to a


When you’re using the Contacts app, your entire contacts database is instantly

searchable using data from any field within the database, so even if you have a

database containing thousands of entries, you can always find the person or company

you’re looking for in a matter of seconds, using a wide range of search criteria.

This can be done using the Search field in the Contacts app, using the Spotlight

Search feature, or with Siri.



After your contacts database has been populated with entries, Contacts works

with many other apps on your iPhone and/or iPad. Here are just a few popular


■ When you compose a new email message in Mail, begin typing someone’s

full name or email address in the To field. If that person’s contact information

is already stored in Contacts, the relevant email address automatically displays

in the email’s To field.

■ If you’re planning a trip to visit a contact, pull up someone’s address from

your Contacts database and then quickly obtain driving directions to the person’s

home or work location from the Maps app.

■ Activate Siri and request directions to any person or company with an entry

stored in your Contacts database. For example, activate Siri and say, “How do

I get to John Doe’s house from here?”

■ If you include each person’s birthday in your Contacts database, that information

can automatically be displayed in the Calendar app and be set up to

remind you (in advance) to send a card or gift.

■ As you’re creating each Contacts entry, include a photo of that person—by

activating the Camera app from the Contacts app to snap a photo, by using

a photo stored in the Photos app that you link to the entry, or by acquiring

profile photos from social media accounts. For example, to automatically

insert profile photos of Facebook friends into the Contacts app, see the section

“Add a Photo to a Contacts Entry” later in this chapter.

■ When using FaceTime, create a Favorites list of people you often engage in

video calls with, compiled from entries in your Contacts database.

■ From the Messages app, access your Contacts database when filling in the To

field as you compose new text messages to be sent via iMessage, text message,

or instant message.

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