How to Remove Favorites From the iPhone Phone App

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Deleting iPhone Favorites in iOS 8.

The Favorites screen in the iPhone's Phone app makes it easy to get in touch with your closet friends and family members as quickly as possible. But not all relationships last, and they definitely all change, which means that sometimes you'll need to re-arrange the list or delete people altogether. Luckily, both deleting and re-arranging contacts are almost as easy as adding names. 

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How to Delete iPhone Favorites

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

  1. Tap the Phone app on the iPhone's home screen to launch it
  2. Tap the Favorites icon at the bottom left
  3. Tap the Edit button in the top left
  4. A red circle icon with a minus sign in it appears next to each favorite in the list. Tap that red icon for the Favorite you want to delete
  5. What happens next depends on what version of the iOS you're running. In iOS 7 and up, a Delete button appears at the right. In earlier versions of the iOS, the button is labeled Remove
  6. Tap the Delete or Remove button
  7. The Favorite is removed and you're looking at your newly updated favorites list. Don't worry: This only deletes the Favorite. It does not delete the contact from your address book, so you haven't lost the contact information.

For a faster way to delete a Favorite, go into the Phone app and go to Favorites. Swipe right to left across the contact you want to delete.

This reveals the Delete button from step 5 above. 

How to Rearrange iPhone Favorites

Deleting contacts isn't the only thing you may want to do on the Favorites screen. To change their order, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Phone app to launch it
  2. Tap the Favorites icon at the bottom left
  3. Tap the Edit button in the top left
  1. Look for a three-line icon next to each Favorite at the far right side of the screen. Tap and hold the three-line icon so that it sort of hovers above the list. If you have an iPhone with 3D Touch, don't press too hard or you'll get a shortcut menu. A light touch is enough
  2. The contact is now movable. Drag the contact to the new order you want it to have on the list. Drop it there
  3. When your Favorites are arranged in the way you want, tap Done in the top left to save the new order.

How to Select Contacts for the Phone App's 3D Touch Menu

If you have an iPhone 6 series or 6S series phone, the 3D Touch display offers one other way to reach your Favorites. If you hard press the Phone app icon, a shortcut menu pops out that offers easy access to three favorite contacts.

Here's what you need to know about which contacts appear in that list and how to make sure they're the ones you use the most:

  • The 3D Touch shortcut for the Phone app displays your top three favorites in reverse order. The contact in the #1 position on your Favorites screen shows up at the bottom of the shortcut menu. It works this way to make it easiest for you to tap your most-commonly used contact
  • The middle contact in the 3D Touch shortcut is the contact in the #2 position on your Favorites screen
  • The contact at the top of the 3D Touch menu is the one in the #3 position on your Favorites screen.

To change which contacts show in the shortcut or to change their order, use the steps in the second section of this article to re-arrange your Favorites.