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7 ways to make the most of your Android and iPhone contacts

Ben Patterson | Jan. 21, 2015
How to designate ringtones, put contacts on the home screen and even add phonetic names.

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The address book on your iPhone or Android phone can do a lot more than just store names, numbers and addresses.

Dig a little deeper into an iOS or Android contact card and you'll find fields for all kinds of trivia--everything from birthdays and anniversary dates to nicknames and "associated" people (think relatives, spouses, office mates, and so on).

You can also block specific contacts, assign custom ring and text tones to them, add nicknames, and more.

Read on for seven ways to get more out of your Android and iPhone contacts, starting with...

Add some "special" dates
Both the Contacts app in iOS and the People app for Android boast fields for "special" dates: birthdays, anniversaries, or any other date you need to remember.

Any birthdays you add on your iPhone or iPad will pop up automatically in your iOS Calendar app, while any special dates for Android contacts will appear in Calendar for Android. (In both cases, you'll need to be sure that the Birthdays calendar is enabled on your phone)

For Android:
Open a contact card in the People app, tap the three-dot Menu button in the top-right corner of the screen, tap Edit, tap the Add Another Field button, then select "Special dates."

Select a date from the pop-up window, then select a label from the pull-down menu. Birthday is the default, but you can also pick Anniversary, Other, or create a custom label. Tap the Done button in the top-left corner of the screen.

For iOS:
Open a contact card in the Contacts app, then tap the Edit button in the top-right corner.

Want to add a birthday? Scroll down until you see the "Add birthday" field, then tap it to add the date.

For an anniversary or any other special date, tap the "Add date" field, enter the date, then tap the label. "Anniversary" will be the default, but as with Android, you can create your own custom labels.

Give your VIPs their own ringtones
Want to know whether your besties are calling without having to glance at your phone? You can end the guessing game by assigning different ringtones to specific contacts--a drumroll for your better half, a foghorn for the big boss, and so on.

For Android:
Open a contact card in the People app, tap the three-dot Menu button in the top-right corner of the screen, tap "Set ringtone," then take your pick.

For iOS:
Open a contact card in the Contacts app, tap Edit, scroll down to Ringtone, tap, and choose. As a bonus, you can also pick a specific text tone, too; it's just beneath the Ringtone setting.

 

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