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How to: Edit Contacts on Android [Beginners’ Guide]

One of the more heavily received requests for the Beginners’ Guide we have gotten is for a quick guide to editing contacts on an Android device. Unfortunately, we realize it may not be as straight forward as one would hope, so hopefully this little guide can lead you in the right direction. Let’s get to editing some contacts. 

Contacts in Android:

Android contacts can contain more information that you probably realize. They can hold the name of a person or organization, multiple phone numbers and email addresses, physical addresses, nicknames for contacts, events, relationship to you or others, instant message info, and more. The best part about them though, is the fact that they are always stored through your Gmail account in the cloud, so that if you were to lose your phone or pick up a new one, the info you have stored will always be retrievable.


1.  Once you’ve opened your app drawer, locate the “Contacts” or “People” application shortcut.
2.  Locate the one you wish to edit and tap on it.
3.  Depending on your device, either hit the on-device settings key or the on-screen settings key (three dots).
4.  Select “Edit.”
6.  From the edit page, you can edit the contact how ever you see fit.

As I mentioned earlier, you can add multiple phone numbers and email addresses, organization names, and group contacts. If you want more options, you need to select the “Add another field” button. This will let you get into physical addresses, nicknames, instant messaging info, and more.

7.  Hit “Save”  or “Done” when you’ve finished editing and you’re good to go.

*The rest of the Android Beginners’ Guide is a one-stop shop for all of those new to Android.

  • So I have (I thought) synced my online Google account with my G Nex and Nex 7. If I create or edit a contact on my PC, I can see them on my other two devices, but if I create or edit on the G Nex or the Nex 7, I cannot see them on my PC. What am I missing? Thanks!

  • kapeman

    I switched over to Google contacts to try and maintain some consistency and now I can’t setup custom ringtones for contacts. BLEH!

  • jdrch

    One annoyance with this on ICS is hitting “Done” in Step 7 apparently does nothing for a couple minutes while the phone does something in the background (I assume contact sync + disambiguation + automatic merging with Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter profiles, etc.)

  • S2556

    facebook destroyed my contacts list 2 years ago and has never recovered since.

  • nightscout13

    I’ve noticed that over time, in ICS my contact avatars have lost resolution, and become hazy. Is anyone else experiencing this?

    • James

      were they pics that were saved in contacts from a previous phone then transferred to another phone and were taken with a lesser quality camera then uploaded to a newer phone with better screen resolution?

  • carlisimo

    I had some trouble merging contacts from my previous dumbphone wherein some ended up as two entries: “John Doe” and “Doe; John” (it actually cut off longer last names in the latter format). It wasn’t clear which order I had to join them in to keep the format I wanted. That was a minor annoyance.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    The fact that the Phone app and the People app aren’t ONE app is kind of ridiculous. The fact that I can find Users on the Exchange server from the People app and NOT the Phone app is even more ridiculous.

    • T4rd

      Also, it very much annoys me that you can’t filter out contacts without phone numbers in the people app.

  • sc0rch3d

    i’m really impressed with the 2 way sync speed with contacts and your cloud places in which they are synced. I’m also really impressed with people using QR codes more and more for adding contacts quickly.

    at parent teacher night….all the teachers were required to print poster size QR codes for people to scan (basic info – name, number, email, teacher website)