How to Make a Contact Group for iPhone

by Spanner Spencer

    Keeping your iPhone's Contacts list organized is essential as the number of entries increases. Assigning contacts to groups makes the device's address book far more manageable, and allows you to keep work, friends, family and other similar entries separate and easier to navigate. Apple does not allow you to create contact groups directly on the iPhone or within iTunes. Synchronize with a free iCloud account to create groups online, and then sync them to your device wirelessly.

    Syncing Contacts to iCloud

    Step 1

    Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap the "iCloud" button.

    Step 2

    Sign in to iCloud using your Apple ID and password. These are the same credentials used on the App Store or iTunes Store.

    Step 3

    Slide the "Contacts" switch to "On." Your iPhone's contacts list is uploaded to iCloud.

    Create a Contacts Group in iCloud

    Step 1

    Launch your computer's Web browser and navigate to the iCloud homepage.

    Step 2

    Enter the same Apple ID and password as used on the iPhone and click the "Sign In" button.

    Step 3

    Click the "Contacts " button. Your iPhone's address book is displayed. Click the "Show Groups" button, which is identified by a red ribbon icon at the top of the page.

    Step 4

    Click the "New Group" button at the bottom of the "Groups" page and type an appropriate name for the group, such as "Family, "Friends" or "Work."

    Step 5

    Drag and drop entries from the "All Contacts" page into the new group you created.

    Tips

    • The same contact can be added to multiple groups. The contact's details will not be replicated when doing this.
    • Changes made either in iCloud or on your iPhone are automatically synchronized.
    • Press the "Settings" button in iCloud to rearrange the order in which your contact groups are displayed. This change is reflected on the iPhone.
    • Create a separate iCloud account if you use a shared iTunes account. Your address book is then kept separate from other users and devices, while still allowing you to sync with iCloud.

    About the Author

    Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by Eurogamer.net, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.

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