Android’s contacts app has been known to be a constant necessity when it comes to storing important contact details. But you may not be aware yet that Android contacts are not limited to that single functionality. There are several cool tips and tricks on how you can maximize the potential of your contacts list. Here are five tricks that you can try with your address book and get the most of what it has to offer.

Add Nicknames to Your Contacts


There are actually a lot of ways of how you can customize your contacts in Android. For example, you put your brother’s new number into your address book, along with his first and last name. While you’re at it, you can also indicate a special term like “Brother” or his nickname. So the next time you want to call him, you can just tell Google Now to “call Brother” instead of “call <full name>.”

If you want to give this a try, just tap on People/Contacts, and then tap on Edit, and then tap Add another field. From here, you can enter the preferred nickname for that particular contact. This feature will make it easier for you to call or connect to your family member or friend whenever you want to chat with them.

Pin Contacts to Your Home Screen

With Android, you can pin a contact to your home screen (or any screen for that matter) outside of the contacts app. This can be useful and a quick way instead of scrolling through the long list of contacts that would normally take time. To pin a contact, tap on Menu, then go to Widgets, and then tap on Contact.

After pinning your contact(s), their photo will appear. Just give them a tap, and your contact’s details will pop up, along with the option to call, send an email, or text.

Create Reminders

This one is somewhat useful, especially if you’re someone who normally forgets birthdays and anniversaries. Android helps you to keep up with all your special dates for specific people you have to keep up with. To add a contact specific special event, tap on Contact Name, then Edit. Now, tap on Add another field, then tap on Events.


Add the date, then label it with whatever special occasion it is that you’re supposed to remember on that day.

Assign Custom Ringtones

Wouldn’t it be great if you know when certain contacts are calling, like your mom or your boss, so you don’t accidentally ignore them? There is one way and that is by assigning each one of those certain contacts with custom ringtones to make sure that you never miss important calls from important contacts. To set customized ringtones, tap on Contact Name, then tap Set ringtone. Now, choose the ringtone you prefer to associate with that specific contact.


Avoid Irritating Contacts

Admit it, there’s this one or a couple of people in our address books, that for some reason or another, who really annoys us. But we have to keep their contacts in case of work emergency or other important reason. If you feel like you don’t want to answer somebody’s call, Android has a cool feature called Send All Calls to Voicemail, which is the perfect solution for situations like these.

All you need to do to enable that feature is tap on the Contact Name, then tap on All calls to voicemail.


One of two things will happen — either they will get the hint that you don’t want to talk to them, or they’ll just keep on calling you anyway. Nevertheless, you don’t have to worry about those kinds of people on your contacts anymore.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 9:36:43 PM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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