How to Add or Remove a Contact From iPhone Favorites

By Steve Gregory

The Favorites section of your iPhone's Phone app has the options to add or remove contacts from the Favorites list. Learn how to use it.

Although your iPhone’s Favorites list in iOS 8.3 is populated from your list of contacts, you don’t need to open the Contacts app to manage the list. The Favorites section of the Phone app offers options to add to, delete from and alphabetize the list. Adding a contact to the list or removing a contact from the list does not change the contact’s entry in the Contacts app.

Tip

Your favorite contacts are also accessible through the App Switcher. Press the Home button twice to open the App Switcher and display your favorite contacts at the top of the screen.

To prevent the App Switcher from displaying your favorite contacts, open the Settings screen, tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then tap Show in App Switcher in the Contacts section. Toggle the Phone Favorites switch to the Off position.

Add A Contact to Favorites

Step 1

Launch the Phone app from your iPhone's Home screen. Tap the Favorites icon to open the Favorites screen and then tap the Plus icon to open the All Contacts screen.

Tap Recents to see the list of your most recent calls.

Step 2

Scroll through your list of contacts and then tap the contact you want to add to the Favorites list.

Tap Groups to view your contacts in specific groups.

Step 3

Select the contact's phone number from the pop-up menu. If applicable, select the FaceTime or FaceTime Audio option if the contact has a FaceTime-enabled Apple device. The contact immediately appears in the Favorites list with the number or FaceTime option that you selected.

Each new contact is automatically placed at the bottom of the Favorites list.

Step 4

Tap the contact to automatically dial the number or make a FaceTime call.

Apple iOS 8.3

Tip

A contact can also be added to your Favorites list through the Contacts app. Launch the Contacts app and select the contact you want to add. Tap Add to Favorites and then select the number or FaceTime option -- if applicable -- that you want to use with the contact.

Alphabetize Your Favorites

Step 1

Open the Phone app, tap the Favorites icon and then tap Edit at the top of the screen.

Tap a contact's Info icon to view the contact's details.

Step 2

Tap and hold the icon resembling three lines to the right of the first contact you want to move. Drag the contact up or down the list to another position. Repeat the process for each contact until the list is in alphabetical order.

Apple iOS 8.3

Step 3

Tap Done to save the alphabetized list.

Apple iOS 8.3

Delete A Favorite Contact

Step 1

To delete a Favorite contact, tap the Phone icon to launch the Phone app and then tap the Favorites icon. Tap Edit.

A contact's call information appears to the right of his name, such as Mobile, Home or FaceTime.

Step 2

Tap the icon resembling a red circle next to the contact you want to delete to display the Delete button.

Apple iOS 8.3

Step 3

Tap the Delete button to remove the contact from your Favorites list.

Swipe to the right of the contact to remove the Delete button.

Step 4

Tap Done to complete the process.

Apple iOS 8.3

Tip

Another way to remove a contact from the Favorites list is by swiping to the left on the contact and then tapping the Delete button.