Add New Contact To a Specific Group on iPhone

If you set up groups before transferring contacts to the iPhone, you can then show only a certain group (or all groups) when browsing contacts. I set up several groups in Address Book, but noticed that you can’t change which group a contact is in on the iPhone itself. Nor can you add new groups on the phone, either.

However, if you want to add a new contact to a group that is already on the iPhone, first go to the Phone Application, then tap “Contacts” and then tap the “Groups” button at the top left of the screen to select the group to which you want to add the new contact. It will return you to the Contacts screen with the group name at the top. Now tap the “+” button to add a new contact that will be associated with that group.

If I get a call or email from someone not in my contact list that I know I want in a particular group (like “Work” contacts), I go through the above steps to create the new contact in that group, then go back to the phone call or email and tap on “Add to Existing Contact” to make the new contact. If I “Create New Contact” from a recent call or an email there’s no way to edit the group into which the new contact is placed.


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    in I phone I want to introduce new group .but not be able to do the same.and I want to send group SMS for that we required new software .

  3. Sue

    My new IPhone doesnt have a groups button on the top left. How can I get this?

  4. Antonio

    Is there a way to send a txt to all members of a group on iPhone without having to add them 1 by 1 to the message? For instance: I have a group called “family”. I should be able to type the word family and then proceed to typing my message.

  5. Jeff

    Thank you Matt for you posting on how to add a new contact to an existing group in your phone book. I just bought my iphone this weekend and could not figure out how to do it until I found your website. You rock and thanks a million!!!!


  6. maple

    Hi, you can try the ZZ communication application to manage and group your contact. Below is the link in iTune Store.

    ZZ Communication


  7. Richard

    If you are using the Mac’s “Address Book” app you can easily manage your groups and then sync with your iPhone Contacts app. See the Address Book Help for info on how to setup and manage your groups. Go to iTunes and, after connecting your iPhone, select your iPhone under devices in the left hand column and then select “Info” from the tabs at the top to set up Address Book Contacts syncing options. You can also sync with Yahoo and Google address books there.


    I have set my groups and also want to give them different ringtones for identification. presently, i have to change each contact individually. is it possible to associate one ringtone to each group and not each contact??

    also, how do i associate each of my contact with my facebook friends?? is it possible on iphone?? blackberry allows us to do so.

  9. Min

    @Santosh & Antonio: fortunately as of iOS4, third party apps can now send mass text to a group of contacts.

    I typically prefer to manage all my groups directly on the phone. That is why we develop Tacts. It is able to send group text and email and also provide comprehensive group management features.

  10. Jay

    This is clearly a feature oversight on the part of the developers. Here’s a work around:

    1. Go to ‘Contacts’.
    2. Tap ‘Groups’.
    3. Select the group under which you want the new contact to be added.
    4. Add the contact without entering the number.
    5. Return to ‘Recents’.
    6. Select the phone number you would like to associate with the new contact.
    7. Tap ‘Add to Existing Contact’.

    Hopefully this missing feature will be added in a future release.

  11. Alans

    I do not have a groups option! How do I get one?

  12. Alon

    ÜBER-stupid. Huge short-sight on the Dev Team’s side!

  13. Carole

    I just bought a new iPhone4 When adding contacts manually there is no place add the home phone # There is just mobile and iPhone…how do I find where to add the person’s home phone? Thanks

  14. Peter Johnson

    If I might suggest our “MailShot Pro” app…

    This performs the unique trick of creating “group contacts” that you can use as you would a single contact, enabling you to email your group directly from almost all popular apps on your device (including the standard Mail app). It manages its own groups, though it can import from those in your address book very rapidly, if you have them.

    A free version is also available on the App Store, so you can “try before you buy.”


    Peter Johnson
    Soluble Apps
    -Full Disclosure, I am the developer of this app and may benefit from its sale.

  15. Tomas Hlustik

    The best way to manage contacts is from the iCloud (web app). If you miss the top left “Groups” button, just create some in iCloud. You can even select multiple contacts.

    I really miss some “group features” in iPhone though. Like ringtones assigned to a group, sending SMS etc. And managing groups from the iPhone itself of course.

  16. Rebecca VanDyke

    When I hit the Contacts button either on my main screen or going through my phone icon, my phone goes to Groups and nothing else shows on the screen but a few lines like those on lined paper. I can’t get to my contacts screen at all. Furthermore, the last time I was in contacts, I had no + sign to allow me to add new contacts. Help!

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