How to Remove Favorites From the iPhone Phone App

Relationships change. So should your Phone Favorites

Hand holding an iPhone X with Favorites onscreen

The Favorites screen in the iPhone Phone app makes it easy to get in touch with your closest friends and family members quickly. However, not all relationships last, and they definitely all change, which means that sometimes you need to rearrange the list or delete people from it altogether. Deleting and rearranging contacts are almost as easy as adding people to your Favorites list

Instructions in this article apply to iOS 12, iOS 11, and iOS 10.

How to Delete iPhone Favorites

To delete a contact from the Favorites screen in the Phone app:

  1. Tap the Phone app.

  2. Tap Favorites.

  3. Tap Edit.

    Three iOS screens showing Phone app icon and Favorite button
  4. A red circle icon with a minus sign appears next to each favorite in the list. Tap the red icon next to the Favorite you want to delete.

  5. Tap the Delete button that appears to the right of the contact to remove the favorite.

    Three iOS screens showing Edit button, red circle with a line in it button and Delete button
  6. The newly updated Favorites list displays.

This only deletes the Favorite. It does not delete the contact from your address book. The contact information isn't lost.

For a faster way to delete a Favorite, open the Phone app, go to Favorites, then swipe right to left across the contact you want to delete.

How to Rearrange iPhone Favorites

To change the order of favorites:

  1. Tap the Phone app to launch it.

  2. Tap Favorites.

  3. Tap Edit.

  4. Tap and hold the three-line icon so that the favorite hovers above the rest of the list. On an iPhone with 3D Touch, if you press too hard a shortcut menu appears.

  5. Drag the contact to a different position in the Favorites list.

    Three iOS screens showing Edit button in Favorites screen, moving icon, Favorite moved up two slots
  6. When your Favorites are arranged the way you want, tap Done to save the new order.

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How to Select Contacts Using the 3D Touch Menu

On iPhone 6 series and newer iPhones, the 3D Touch screen offers one other way to reach your Favorites. Hard press the Phone app icon to display a shortcut menu. This menu offers easy access to three favorite contacts (or on larger screens like the iPhone X, four contacts).

The 3D Touch shortcut for the Phone app displays your top three (or four) favorite contacts. In iOS 11 and iOS 12 the contacts are displayed in the same order as you see them on the Favorites screen.

Pop-up 3D touch Favorites screen on iOS

In iOS 10, the contact in the first position on your Favorites screen shows up in the lower-right corner of the shortcut menu. This way it's easy to tap your most commonly used contact.

To change which contacts show in the shortcut or to change their order, rearrange your contacts on the Favorites list.