How to Manage Your Contacts on Your iPad

If you have already synced your iPad Contacts app with your Mac or PC computer, you already have all your snail-mail addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers downloaded to your iPad. You can access all those addresses and phone numbers by tapping the Contacts icon on the Home screen. You then have several options of what to do with your contacts’ information.

Search for contacts on your iPad

You can search contacts by entering a first or last name in the Search field or by entering a company name.

You can locate people on your iPad without actually opening the Contacts app. Type a name in the Spotlight Search field, and then tap the name in the search results. If you’re searching contacts with a Microsoft Exchange account, you may be able to search your employer’s Global Address List (GAL for short). This typically works in one of two ways:

  • Tap the Groups button in the upper-left corner of the All Contacts screen and tap the appropriate Exchange server name to find folks. Groups on your computer might reflect, say, different departments in your company, friends from work, friends from school, and so on.

  • Or, you might search a so-called LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) server. Similarly, if you have a CardDAV account, you can search for any contacts that have been synced to the iPad.

Contact and share your contacts on your iPad

You can initiate an e-mail from within Contacts by tapping an e-mail address under a contact’s listings. Doing so fires up the Mail program on the iPad, with the person’s name already in the To field.

You can also share a contact’s profile with another person. Tap the Share Contact button (you may have to scroll down to see it), and once again, the Mail program answers the call of duty. This time, the contact’s vCard is embedded in the body of a new Mail message. Just address the message and send it on its merry way.

A vCard is kind of like an electronic business card. You can identify it by its .vcf file format.

Finally, you can tap a contact’s snail-mail address to launch the Maps app and see it pinned to a map.

Link contacts on your iPad

The people you know most likely have contact entries in more than one account, meaning that you might end up with redundant entries for the same person. The iPad solution is to link contacts.

Find the contact in question, tap Edit, and tap the Silhouette icon with the + at the lower-right corner of the entry. Choose the related contact entry and then tap Link. It’s worth noting that the linked contacts in each account remain separate and are not merged.

Remove a contact from your iPad

Hey, it happens. A person falls out of favor. Maybe he is a jilted lover. Or maybe you just moved cross country and no longer will call on the services of your old gardener.

Removing a contact is easy, if unfortunate. Tap a contact and then tap Edit. Scroll to the bottom of the Edit screen and tap Delete Contact. You get one more chance to change your mind.

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