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How to Save Email Addresses and Phone Numbers to Contacts in iPhone Mail

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It's all about people and connections. To connect better more often, communicate a lot: talk, call, text and email.

How handy, then, is the iPhone's address book with all its names, numbers and email addresses. How handy, now, is that you can add missing data and new people right from emails in iPhone Mail.

Save Email Addresses and Names From Email Headers to Contacts in iPhone Mail

To add an email address appearing in the From:, To: or Cc: line to a new or existing iPhone contact:

  • Tap the name or email address in the header area just above the message body.
    • You can make the To: and Cc: fields accessible by tapping Details.
  • To create a new address book entry with the email address (and name) already filled in:
    • Select Create New Contact.
    • Fill in any additional details. If any — say, a phone number — appear in the email, you can add them directly from there; see below.
    • Tap Done.
  • To add an email address from a message header to an existing iPhone contact:
    • Tap Add to Existing Contact.
    • Select the desired address book entry.
      • Note that iPhone Mail will fill in missing name details — say, a middle name — from the email as well as the email address.

Save Email Addresses and Phone Numbers to Contacts from Email Content

To add an email address or phone number appearing somewhere in the message body to a new or existing iPhone contact:

  • Tap and hold the email address, phone number or address.
    • iPhone Mail may not recognize all addresses. If parsed, it will appear underlined like a link.
  • To create a new address book entry with the email address or phone number already filled in:
    • Select Create New Contact from the menu that comes up.
    • Fill in any additional contact details. Anything appearing in the message (as part of the signature, for example) can be added by tapping and holding, of course.
    • Tap Done.
  • To add the phone number or address to an existing iPhone contact:
    • Select Add to Existing Contact.
    • Pick the desired address book entry.
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