How to Add Contacts to the People App in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Although the People app in Windows 10 loves to add contacts automatically, you can easily add people the old-fashioned way, by typing them in by hand.

To add somebody to the People app, which makes that person available in your Mail and Calendar apps, follow these steps:

  1. Click the People tile on the Start menu.


    The People app appears onscreen.

  2. Click the Add Contact icon (shown here).


  3. If asked, choose which account to use for saving new contacts.

    If you’ve entered more than one email account into Mail, the People app asks you to decide which account should receive the new contact.

    The answer hinges mainly on which cellphone you own. Choose your Google account if you use an Android phone, so your newly added contact appears in your Gmail contacts. From there, it also appears in your Android phone’s contacts list.

    Choose the Microsoft account if you own a Windows phone or you want your contacts to travel with you whenever you sign into a PC using a Microsoft account.

    The People app remembers your choice, and doesn’t ask you again.

  4. Fill out the New Contact form.

    Shown in the following figure, most of the choices are self-explanatory fields such as Name, Phone, Email, Address, and Other. (The Other field lets you add details such as a job title, website, significant other, or notes.)

    Fill in contact information and then click the Save icon.
    Fill in contact information and then click the Save icon.


  5. Click the Save icon, that little disk in the upper-right corner.

The People app dutifully saves your new contact. If you spot a mistake, however, you may need to go back and edit the information.