How to Add Contacts from Your Android Call Log

One of the quickest ways to build up your Android phone’s address book is to add people as they phone you. After someone calls, visit the call log to add that person. Obey these steps:

  1. Open the Phone or Dialer app.

  2. Display the call log.

    Touch the Call Log icon or the History icon, or choose the Call Log or Recent tab at the top of the screen.

  3. Choose the phone number from the list of recent calls.

    The phone number is shown by itself, minus any contact picture or other information.

  4. Choose Add to Contacts or Create Contact.

    The phone wants to know whether you’re creating a contact or adding the phone number to an existing contact. Assuming that you’re creating a contact; otherwise you’d choose an existing contact from the address book list.

  5. If you chose Add to Contacts in Step 4, choose Create a New Contact.

    The Add to Contacts prompt appears only on some phones, specifically those that don’t show a Create Contact option in Step 4.

  6. Choose an account in which to store the contact and, if prompted, touch the OK button.

    All entries in the phone’s address book are associated with a specific account, such as your Gmail account. Choose your Google (Gmail) account to store the new contact. In that way, you ensure that the contact’s information is duplicated from your phone to your Google account on the Internet.

    Other options may also present themselves for storing contact information. For example, if you use Yahoo! Mail more than Google (and Yahoo! Mail is available as a choice), you can choose that option instead.

    You can, optionally, place a green check mark by the Remember This Choice setting so that you’re not prompted again to choose an account.

  7. Fill in the contact’s information.

    Fill in the blanks, as many as you know about the caller: name, e-mail, address, and so on. If you don’t know any additional information, that’s fine; just filling in the name helps clue you in to who is calling the next time that person calls (using the same number).

    Touch the Next button on the onscreen keyboard to hop between the various text fields.

    Add the area code prefix to the phone number, if it’s not automatically added for you.

  8. Touch the Done or Save button to add the new contact.

You can also follow these steps to add a new phone number to an existing contact. In Step 4, choose the existing contact from your phone’s address book. The new phone number is added to that contact’s information.

  • On some Android phones, you create a new account by long-pressing a recent entry in the call log and choosing the Save to People command.

  • One account option (Step 6) available on some phones is the Phone or Local account. That choice saves the contact’s information only on your phone, not in any other location. Don’t choose this option because the contact won’t be shared with other Android devices or your Internet accounts.

  • You can create new contacts also from an e-mail message similar to the way you create contacts by using the call log: Touch the picture icon on an incoming message and choose the Create Contact action. Proceed with Steps 6–8 as described.

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