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How to: Add a Contact to Your Google Account on Jelly Bean [Beginners’ Guide]

When setting up your Google account on an Android device, it will port all of your already saved numbers to that device. But what if you want to add a new contact to your account after the fact? There are a couple of ways to go about this, so let’s get started. 

Standard Method:

1. From your homescreen, open your app drawer.
2. Locate the People application and open it.

This is where you can find and edit all of the contacts that are synced to your Google account.

3. In the bottom right hand corner, there is a little head with a plus symbol. That is the Add Contact icon. Select it.
4. Fill out the new contact’s name and any information you want associated with that contact (email, phone number, address, pictures, etc.).
5. Hit “Save.”

You have now added a contact to your Google account that will remain there until you delete it.

Alternative Method:

One of the other ways to add a contact to your account is straight from the Dialer/Phone app. Here is how to accomplish that task.

1.  Once you have a number entered into the Phone app, hit the settings key.
2.  Select “Add to contacts.”
3.  At the bottom of your display, select “CREATE NEW CONTACT.”
4.  Fill out any additional information and hit “Save.”

*Android Beginners Guide is a way for people new to Android to get to learn how Android works. We will be posting many tips and tricks on how to optimize your usage of the Android operating system.

  • Now I’m no child when it comes to Android… But is there any way to get it to display ONLY contacts with phone numbers? It was in the stock GS3 ICS software, but after flashing to the JB build I see nothing.

    • skltr21

      it looks as if they removed this feature….. really annoying.

  • enob

    Is this just for calling people?

    • Master O’Disaster

      No, this is to add a new phone number + the associated contact information.

  • It’s a wonderful guidance to add contacts to Google account.

  • Palmer Nyako

    i wish icons on android were that symmetrical sometimes tbh.

  • ChrisTraeger1



  • seriously guys wtf is up with this series? chances are id your on droid-life you dont need these crappy beginner guides. Hell walk up to some random person on the street and they will know how to add a contact to there android phone.

    • carlisimo

      I’m new to Android (on a Nexus S – I wanted JB on a smaller phone) and I’m finding these quite handy. I didn’t actually need help figuring out how to add contacts, but the question about the star (in the comment above yours) was something I would’ve asked.

  • soccercoach

    What does the star mean or do that is located in the header to the far right on a contact’s screen? I am using ICS on sgIII.

    • Travis Gary

      it marks your contact as a favorite. you can also do this in your gmail under contacts.

      then when your in the dialer, and you flip to the far right section, favorites show up first then contacts.

  • Travis Gary

    i would like to see the “add a connection” part explained in more detail.

    after flashed bugless beast, the add connection link to facebook is gone.

    how can i tell my contact to merge with a facebook contact with a different spelling of the name and its the same person. there are a lot of little tricks to contacts that people dont know

  • Zin Yu

    Why my dialer look different? I use HTC phone. How to get that dialer?

    • Zin Yu

      My phone run 4.0.4. HTC One X.

    • Travis Gary

      its the stock jelly bean rom i believe

      • Zin Yu

        How I install it?

        • Travis Gary

          search for how to install roms. best bet is on
          http://www.xda-developers.com/ and search forums. not something you can just do without extensive research

    • TheDrizzle

      Because HTC puts their own software on your phone. Get a nexus device or root your phone to get that dialer.

  • Andrew

    This series isn’t ridiculous. While yes, I don’t think it need to pop up on the main page and maybe it should solely be in its own section at some point everyone was a noob. You can’t be a successful community without having a place for new users to start. Especially with a competing OS that your average 80 yr old could use. I commend Droid Life for getting back to the basics and helping out those that don’t even know what a bootloader is.

    • Agree, well said, imho….

    • ChrisTraeger1

      I’ll admit in the beginning I thought this was a good laugh but looking back these things can come in handy for the newbies. Like you said, it should be in it’s own section, perhaps off to the right… where it says “Guide to the Galaxy Nexus”… maybe…

  • Murphy

    +1 me if you actually read through all of these anyway 🙂

  • TheDrizzle

    Got all excited when I saw a new post in my news feed. I was very disappointed 🙁

  • tech247

    This series is getting ridiculous……..

    • paladaxar

      Haha…my favorite game now is to browse through the comments and try to figure out which ones are facetious and which ones are legitimate questions — because at this level of a “tutorial”, they both look the same 🙂

      • michael arazan

        Should rewrite title for JellyBean and/ or Ice Cream Sandwich

    • I want to see the reactions of people who come here who actually need help with this stuff when they scroll down to the comments section

  • droidarmy

    sounds complicated, can someone walk me through this?

    • I’m not sure what a contact is.

  • Drew

    Is that contact screen the stock for Jellybean? It looks really nice.

    • feztheforeigner

      Yes it is. I agree, they did a really nice job. It’s sad that no one gets to see it thanks to all the crappy overlays companies like to put on their phones… 🙁