How to Add an iPhone Contact to Your Home Screen

iPhones are awesome communication devices. So it makes sense that you would want to put the people you talk to the front and center.

Surprisingly, Apple does not make it clear that it’s even possible to do this. The functionality is buried in the powerful Shortcuts app.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 8, 2021

iPhones are awesome communication devices. So it makes sense that you would want to put the people you talk to the front and center.

Surprisingly, Apple does not make it clear that it’s even possible to do this. The functionality is buried in the powerful Shortcuts app. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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There are basically two different actions that can be associated with contact Shortcuts. You can have the Shortcut give you the option of how you want to contact the person; Message, Call, FaceTime; or it can jump straight into one of those. We will be covering the first option.

Create the Shortcut

First, open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Shortcuts app

Next, go to All Shortcuts See below image:

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Find All Shortcuts

Now, switch to the Gallery tab in the bottom bar. See following image:

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Open the Gallery of Shortcuts

Add the Contact

Next, do a search for Contact, and select the Contact on Home Screen shortcut. Refer to below image:

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Search for a contact

Now, tap the Add Shortcut button. See below image:

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Add contact Shortcut

On the next screen is where you will select a person for the Shortcut. Tap the “+” button. See following image.

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Selecting to add a contact

Now, find the person you want to use for the Shortcut in your contacts list. Refer to below image:

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Locate a contact

Next, tap Done to finish. See below image:

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Finish the setup

View the Newly Added Shortcut

Now, go back to the My Shortcuts tab, and you will see the newly added Shortcut. Touch and hold to bring up some options. See following image:

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View your Shortcut

Next, select Details from the menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Details for the Shortcut

Add to Home Screen and Customize

Now, select Add to Home Screen. See below image:

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Add contact Shortcut to your Home screend

Next, tap the text to enter the name that you would see under the icon on the Home screen. See following image:

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Label the Shortcut icon

Now, select the icon to choose a photo for it or the other two options. Refer to below image:

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Select a photo for the contact

Next, once you are done customizing the icon, tap Add in the top right-hand corner. See below image:

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Finish customizing

Now, the icon will be added to your Home screen. When you tap it, a menu with communication choices will appear. Simply do this for all of your favorite people! See following image:

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Your Shortcut in action

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