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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How to Find and Install Third Party Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

The Shortcuts app that comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS devices has proven to be incredibly useful especially with the release of iOS & iPadOS 14. There are so many things that you can do now with the Shortcuts app, Although you have access to a set of suggested shortcuts, you are not limited to using those alone. In fact, third-party shortcuts created by the community can be installed on your device too.

The Shortcuts app that comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS devices has proven to be incredibly useful especially with the release of iOS & iPadOS 14. There are so many things that you can do now with the Shortcuts app, Although you have access to a set of suggested shortcuts, you are not limited to using those alone. In fact, third-party shortcuts created by the community can be installed on your device too. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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There are several shortcuts websites to chose from. We will be focused on using the Shortcuts Gallery, one of the largest repositories of shortcuts. It includes proper descriptions, steps, and download links. Shortcuts are also sorted by category, so it’s easy to find what you want.

Enable Untrusted Shortcuts

Before you can start installing third-party shortcuts, you have to enable the feature. By default, shortcuts downloaded from the web are blocked because they have not been verified by Apple.

First, tap your Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap Shortcuts. See below image:

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Accessing Shortcuts

Now, toggle to On the Untrusted Shortcuts option. (Note! If you see a message saying you must first run a shortcut, then download a Shortcut from your Shortcut app and run it.) See following image:

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Enabling Untrusted Shortcuts

Next, in the pop-up message that appears, tap Allow. Refer to below image:

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Allow Untrusted Shortcuts

Next, enter your device’s passcode to verify that you own this iPhone or iPad. See below image:

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Entering your Passcode

You are ready to go to install third-party shortcuts.

Install Third-Party Shortcuts

 In our example, we will install the Clipboard shortcut from the Shortcuts Gallery website. Open the website in your browser on your iPhone or iPad. Now, tap the shortcut you want to download. See following image:

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Finding a Shortcut

Next, tap the Get Shortcut button. Refer to below image:

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Get the chosen Shortcut

Now, the shortcut in the Shortcuts app will open. Scroll to the bottom, and then tap Add Untrusted Shortcut. See below image:

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Adding the Untrusted Shortcut

Your new shortcut will be at the top of the list in your My Shortcuts. Just tap it to start using it. See following image:

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Your newly added Shortcut

After you have downloaded more shortcuts, you can organize them in folders. This will make it easier to launch them from an iPhone Home screen Widget.

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