How do I put a phone contact on home screen?

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  1. roveer macrumors newbie

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    I've figured out how to move the contacts app to the home screen, but now I wish to place my family members phone numbers on the home screen. I've been googleing for an hour and all I find is this safari .tel.qnlk.net thing which doesn't work.

    How can I place icons on my home screen that when pressed will call a particular contact? Many thanks.
     
  2. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I’m aware this is not possible with just iOS itself. You can download an app called Workflow, though, and create workflows for your contacts to call them from the home screen (among other things - Workflow is very powerful).
     
  3. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    Closest thing out-of-the-box iOS you could do, that I am aware of, is to add the "Favorites" widget to the Search/Widgets screen (ie. swipe right from Home screen). Add the contacts you want to Favorites in Phone and then will show there.
     
  4. chabig macrumors 603

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    There is a widget to put your Phone favorites on the search screen. That's what you want, I think.
     
  5. roveer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yup. Doing that now but would really like to have icons on home screen. Seems like there might be a workflow app that might allow it. I'll have to check that out.
     
  6. chabig macrumors 603

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    Search the app store for "favorite contacts". You'll find several apps that purport to do that.
     
  7. jr866gooner macrumors 65816

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    I just show faves as a widget and works perfectly for me!
     
  8. daijholt macrumors 65816

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    As mentioned, Workflow is the app you want. It’ll do exactly what you’re after, and is now free (Apple purchased the app a few months back).

    You can bet they’ll integrate something similar in iOS 12.
     
  9. GreyOS macrumors 68040

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    The workflow approach is pretty awful imo. it results in this:

    First you tap the home screen icon to open the website
    Then that launches the workflow app
    Then it navigates to the particular workflow
    Then it runs the workflow
    Then you get a pop up asking if you want to call the number

    Quite slow on an iPhone 6 and the final step takes the biscuit.

    The favourites widget really is a better idea...
     
  10. GrumpyTrucker macrumors 6502a

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    I just grabbed this app off the App Store. Not that I think I’ve got any use for it really right now, more that if Apple have bought it then it’ll probably be killed off in a bit and never seen again. Now, just need to figure out a way of getting the .ipa off the phone in case they pull it from the store. Hey, they’ve got previous :D
     
  11. Olganech macrumors regular

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    Not being able to pin a contact to a home screen in 2017 without a 3rd
    party app?
     
  12. Thor_1 macrumors 6502a

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    I use an app called launcher. Just swiped down and can text/call who i added.
     
  13. roveer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You wrote my next post! I too tried workflow and found it a no go. It's disappointing that I can't pin a contact to the home screen. i'll have to just live with making them a favorite, then swiping right. Seems like that's as good as i'm going to get
     
  14. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

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    If you have 3D Touch, a force-touch on the Phone icon will also bring up your top Favorites.
     
  15. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    Not to pick on OP, but, yeah, Worflow is not a great alternative. Then again, never had big issue with tap Phone in Launch Bar/Task Bar/Whatever-Apple-Calls-Bar-Where-I-Have-Phone-Pinned-On and tap contact in Favorites (not that I use phone alot to make actual phone calls). Wish Apple would open up things just a smidge to allow Workflow/IFTTT things like time-date/location based DnD (ie. Not just one all or nothing DnD).

    Nice! My first phone with 3d Touch (previous was a 6), so maybe doing wrong, but, appears that the Favorites is a short list, not full one you can get as a Widget.
     
  16. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    Nice! My first phone with 3d Touch (previous was a 6), so maybe doing wrong, but, appears that the Favorites is a short list, not full one you can get as a Widget.[/QUOTE]
    Yes, it’s the first four.
     
  17. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

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    Wish you could set a different "top four" for FaceTime... (for grandparents, etc.)
     
  18. roveer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This was for my wife's iphone 6. She is coming from a windows phone where "pin to home screen" was a simple task. She will just have to use the favorites after swiping right.
     
  19. BeeGood macrumors 68000

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    If she’s planning to upgrade anytime soon, she’ll get 3D Touch. Doing that on the phone icon brings up your favorites. For me, it’s slightly more convenient than the widget.
     
  20. atmenterprises macrumors 6502

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    Coming in iOS 12 and exclusively on iPhone Xi.

    /s
     
  21. roveer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope. We just went to iPhone 6. Staying several gen's behind allows me to get these phones around 200 dollars in good condition and put new batteries in them. The iphone 6 I just got my wife had 160 cycles on the battery. After a day's use she still had 38% on the battery and it's in a Mophie case if needed. We never ride the wave of new phones. My wife just came from a windows phone and found it did everything she needed. The kids have been using iPhone's but aren't feature crazy and don't have any issues with speed.
     

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