How to Customize Favorite Contacts in iOS 10

What I hate the most about my contact list is when it is a collection of names and numbers that makes me crazy to find a certain contact that I contact frequently among the other contact lists. I need to get it in well-organized so that I can easily find any name of my favorites easily. It is not really easy before, but thankfully, iOS 10 brings me a good news. Among the many new features in iOS 10 is a neat way to organize your favorite contacts and even access them quickly. It also has a new widget system that is introduced in the update. So, what this can do more for our neat favorite contact to be well-organized? We’ll see. iOS 10 goes beyond general phone call-launching features, introducing ways to customize whether each contact icon will call, FaceTime, text, or email the person you tap on.

The addition makes favorites a far more useful and personal feature, superior to the 3D Touch Quick action it was limited to in previous versions of iOS (An enhanced 3D Touch option is still available). It should be noted that the basic communication preferences stored within each contact card on your iPhone will come into play when customizing your new favorites widget, therefore you need to be sure to add in any phone numbers and email addresses before you start if you haven’t done so already. See the following detail information to get you any further about it.

Customizing Favorites in the Phone App

Firstly, you need to be sure that you have iOS 10 downloaded. Once you have iOS 10 downloaded, you can continue to follow these steps below to navigate through the new way you can customize favorites in the phone app.


image: macrumors

  1. Start with navigating to the phone app.
  2. When you open it, the app should open on the “Favorites” tab, but if not tap to it.
  3. Tap the “+” button in the top left corner of the screen.
  4. Search for the contact you want to add and tap it.
  5. Choose between Message, Call, Video, or Mail as your shortcut.
  6. To pick a number or email other than the one shown as default, tap the small down arrow to the right of Message, Call, or Mail to pick from any number/email already stored in your phone for this contact.
  7. Return to the Favorites tab and your new quick access contact will be at the bottom of your Favorites list.
  8. Tap “Edit” in the top right corner to delete or reprioritize contacts.

It is very simple if just follow the steps above carefully. When organizing your new favorite contacts, you need to remember that the first four contacts will receive top billing in the favorites widget, but a total of eight can fit.

Setting Up the Favorites Widget

I love it when all my favorites are well-organized and easily to access. This is why the new favorites list is interesting because of its granular settings that allow you to jump into the contacts you only text with, while still accommodating those people you more often speak with on the phone. It sounds great, isn’t it? but the personalization doesn’t stop there, however, thanks to iOS 10’s new and visually overhauled widgets system. You will love it when you see it on your screen. follow the next few steps so that you can get your favorites widget up and running.

image: macrumors

image: macrumors

  1. Navigate to the widgets screen by swiping right from the main iOS 10 home screen, notification center, or lock screen.
  2. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of your widgets and tap “Edit.”
  3. Find “Favorites” and tap the small green plus button to add it to your widgets.
  4. Use the triple bar or “hamburger” icon on the right side of the screen to move favorites further up or down the list.
  5. Hit “Done” to save your changes.
  6. You’ll see your favorite contacts as a widget, with the top four contacts getting premium placement.
  7. Tap “Show More” to expand the widget to a total of eight contacts.

The favorite widget can only show up to eight contacts. Therefore, anytime you want it, you can return to the phone app to add and rearrange your most important friends, family members, and co-workers to see the changes reflected in the widget. If you really arrange these eight contacts based on your really favorites, you won’t find any trouble looking for any contact you often need among the other contacts on your contacts list.

image: macrumors / An example of the personalized layout that the new widget offers.

image: macrumors / An example of the personalized layout that the new widget offers.

For additional information, when you make a customization, your customization options include: adding multiple methods of communication for one person (all four if you contact one person multiple ways frequently), removing the default phone call options for message-focused contacts, and setting your top four most used contacts to save room on the widgets screen, without needing to use the “show More” option. This is the way you can contact this name on the list easily with the same ways.

2 Comments on "How to Customize Favorite Contacts in iOS 10"

  1. Julie Nicholas | February 22, 2017 at 6:54 am | Reply

    How do I delete someone off the favourite app?

  2. Buffy Bandley | March 8, 2017 at 5:18 am | Reply

    How do I disable FaceTime? I cannot find that in this so called manual

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