How to Save Contact Information From an iPhone Email

Edit or create a contact from the Mail app

In the Mail app for iPhone, you can add an email sender to your iPhone's contacts. Instead of copying or remembering the recipient's email address and name, create the contact from the email. If you have a contact already set up for the person, update the email address (or add another one) without deleting and remaking the contact.

These instructions apply to all iPhone models running iOS 14, iOS 13, and iOS 12.

How to Store a New Email Address on iPhone

There are two ways to use Mail to save email information in the Contacts app. One is by opening an email from the person you want to make a contact for, and the other method is to find the email address in the message body.

The directions are relevant only for your device to transfer an email address from the Mail app into the Contacts app. To send contact information to another phone, learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone or iPhone to Android.

Open an Email From the Recipient

All you need to save email information to a new or existing contact is an email from the person.

If you don't have an email from this specific person but instead have an email address in another message, skip to the next set of instructions.

  1. Open the Mail app on the iPhone.

  2. In the Mail app Inbox, tap an email from a sender that you want to add to your phone contacts.

  3. Scroll to the top of the message and tap the name or email address, whichever you see, to open a contact screen. (You may have to tap the name twice in some versions of iOS.)

    The Mail app with an email open and the sender name highlighted
  4. Choose Create New Contact to make a new contact using that sender's email address.

  5. Confirm the name, add a photo and edit or add details. Then tap Done.

    Create New Contact chosen on iPhone Contact screen
  6. To add the email address to a contact you already have, tap Add to Existing Contact after tapping on the person's name or email address at the top of an email.

  7. Scroll down and select the person from the contact list that pops up.

  8. Edit any details as necessary and tap Update.

    iPhone contact sheet with Add to Existing Contact highlighted

Locate the Email Address

Another way to add someone's email address to an existing or new contact on your iPhone is to find their email address in the body of an email. Use this technique if someone else sent you the email address or if the address you want to use is in the email signature.

To do this, open the email message that contains the email address. Hold your finger down on the address link. Select Add to Contacts. In the screen that opens, select Create New Contact or Add to Existing Contact and follow steps 5 through 8 in the previous section.

An iPhone email address selected for Add to Contacts

If you make a mistake and add the email address to the wrong contact, enter the wrong name, or change your mind about making the new contact, make changes through the Contacts app.

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