New iPhone owner: I have a contacts app???

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by jlamb0, May 12, 2009.

  1. jlamb0 macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2008
    So, I've had an iPod touch for almost a year, and I got tired of carrying around both my iPod and my cell phone. This morning I purchased and activated a brand new iPhone 3G.

    I thought I had heard that the contacts app on the iPhone was integrated within the phone app, with no standalone icon on the home screen. I had gotten used to the separate app on the iPod touch, but I deemed it a worthy sacrifice, and I figured I could download one of the many 3rd party contacts management applications.

    HOWEVER, when I plugged the iPhone into my macbook to sync for the first time, iTunes asked me if I wanted to restore the iPhone from the backup of my iPod touch that it still had on file. I figured, sure, why not? If it corrupts something, I'll just restore it again.

    After the restore was complete, this is what I saw:
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    Now I'm doing a double take! Was I mistaken? Is the contacts app included on the iPhone, same as the iPod touch? Or did I just figure out a workaround for us iPod touch owners?

    Or is this old news? I googled really quick, but I couldn't find anything recent.
  2. r6girl Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    This isn't new - the iPhone got a separate icon to access contacts directly with a firmware update some time ago.
  3. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    It's been on the iPhone for a while. I never use it though since it's pretty much the same as pressing the phone button.
  4. jlamb0 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Well I guess I should have paid better attention when I first turned it on.

    Thanks for setting me straight!
  5. Ding.Dong macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    Los Angeles
    It's been there since the 2.0 firmware upgrade. The default position is on page 2 of apps, all by itself. That's probably why you didn't notice it at first.
  6. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I use it all the time. Very useful for adding new contacts or tidying up stuff (changes of number etc).

    Also if you enter people's birthdays in there and tick the right box in iCal (on your main computer) you will get birthdays marked on the right date in iCal.

    Loving that as finally I can buy pressies in time for family/ my girlfriend. (who gets very upset when I forget her birthday...).

    Useful in the shops too as a quick look at iCal in my phone tells me who's birthday is coming up.
  7. iFerd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2007
    If you want an really nice enhancement to the native Contacts app, run, don't walk, to the App Store and get a copy of ABContacts. A much more flexible and useful version that lets you manage many things on the phone that you can ordinarily only manage through Mac Address Book. It also displays a lot of extra information automatically without cluttering the screen. It makes having a separate icon for contacts worthwhile. Otherwise, the phone app does everything.

    I have no connection to the developer of ABContacts, other than being an enthusiastically satisfied user.
  8. tayshon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    Not really it was on the second page of the phone that is why you missed it.

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