How to Manage Favorites on iPhone

Favorites enable one-touch calling, emailing, and texting

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The iPhone's pre-installed Phone app makes it easy to call the people you talk to most by adding them to the Favorites list. This lets you tap the person's name to immediately start a phone call, FaceTime call, or even open a new text or email.

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

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

These directions apply to all iPhone models running iOS 10 or newer.

How to Add Favorites on iPhone

We'll use the Phone app to add a new favorite.

  1. Open the Phone app.

  2. Tap Favorites at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Select + at the top.

  4. Choose the contact you want to add to the Favorites list. You can find him or her by searching, scrolling, or tapping a letter off to the side.

  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.

    New iPhone favorite options

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

You'll be returned 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.

  1. Tap Favorites at the bottom of the Phone app.

  2. Select Edit at the top.

  3. Locate the favorite contact you want to rearrange, and tap-and-hold the three-lined button to the right to get a hold of it. Without letting go, drag the contact up or down the list.

  4. Tap Done to exit edit mode.

    iPhone favorite contacts rearrangement

If you have an iPhone with 3D Touch (introduced with iPhone 6S), another way to view your favorite contacts is by pressing firmly on the Phone app. The first few contacts in your list of favorites are included in this pop-up window; rearranging them as described above is how you can choose which ones appear with 3D Touch.

How to Delete Favorites 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: go into the editing mode in the Phone app and use the Delete button. Learn how to remove favorites from iPhone for more directions.

Deleting favorite contacts on iPhone

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