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
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:
Next, go to All Shortcuts See below image:
Now, switch to the Gallery tab in the bottom bar. See following image:
Add the Contact
Next, do a search for Contact, and select the Contact on Home Screen shortcut. Refer to below image:
Now, tap the Add Shortcut button. See below image:
On the next screen is where you will select a person for the Shortcut. Tap the “+” button. See following image.
Now, find the person you want to use for the Shortcut in your contacts list. Refer to below image:
Next, tap Done to finish. See below image:
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:
Next, select Details from the menu. Refer to below image:
Add to Home Screen and Customize
Now, select Add to Home Screen. See below image:
Next, tap the text to enter the name that you would see under the icon on the Home screen. See following image:
Now, select the icon to choose a photo for it or the other two options. Refer to below image:
Next, once you are done customizing the icon, tap Add in the top right-hand corner. See below image:
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:
Quote For the Day
It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.Richard P Feynman
Pretty nifty feature. It’s like having a person on speed dial. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.
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