How to Manage Favorite Contacts on iPhone

Favorites enable one-touch calling, emailing, and texting

The iPhone's pre-installed Phone app makes it easier to call and text the people you talk to most by making them Favorites. When someone is a Favorite, just tap the person's name to immediately start a phone or FaceTime call, or open a new text or email.

You can add favorites to iPhone from the Contacts app or Phone app. Managing them, like to edit a favorite or rearrange your Favorites list, is done through the Phone app.

The instructions in this article directions apply to all iPhone models running iOS 10 or higher.

How to Add Favorites on iPhone

To use the Phone app to add a new favorite, just follow these steps:

Favoriting a contact on iPhone requires that the person already be in your contacts. Learn how to make a new contact, or how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone or Android to iPhone if you're setting up a new phone.

Screenshots of adding Favorite contacts on iPhone
  1. Open the Phone app.

  2. Tap Favorites at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap + at the top.

  4. Choose the contact you want to add to the Favorites list. You can find them by searching, scrolling, or tapping a letter at the right side of the screen.

  5. Decide which type of communication you want to be the favorite: Message, Call, Video, or Mail. If the person has multiple details for one category (such as two phone numbers), tap the arrow to choose a specific one.

    The options you see in this menu depend on what type of contact information you've added for this person.

  6. After adding the Favorite, you'll go back to the Favorites screen and see the new favorite listed along with the contact type just below their name.

How to Rearrange Favorites on iPhone

You can change the order of your favorite contacts from the Phone app by following these steps:

Screenshots of rearranging favorite contacts on iphone
  1. Tap Favorites at the bottom of the Phone app.

  2. Tap Edit at the top.

  3. Locate the favorite contact you want to rearrange, then tap-and-hold the three-lined button to the right to get ahold of it. Without letting go, drag the contact up or down the list. Take your finger off the screen to drop the contact into the new order you want.

  4. Tap Done to save your changes.

If you have an iPhone iPhone 6S or newer, you can also view your Favorites by long-pressing on the Phone app. The first few contacts in your list of favorites are included in this pop-up window. Rearrange Favorites as described in the last section to choose which ones appear in the pop-up menu.

How to Delete Favorites on iPhone

Screenshots of deleting favorite contacts on iphone

You can remove a favorite contact on your iPhone to make room for others or to declutter your Favorites list.

Removing someone from the list of favorites is easy: Tap Edit from the Favorites screen, tap the red icon with the line in it and then tap the Delete button. Learn how to remove favorites from iPhone for more directions.

If you want to truly remove the contact, rather than just the Favorite, you'll need to delete it from your iPhone.