How to Add Contacts on Your Amazon Fire Phone - dummies

How to Add Contacts on Your Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

Having friends is great. Having more friends is better. You’ll find myriad ways to add new friends and place new contacts into your Fire phone. Here are a few of the more popular and useful methods.

Adding contacts from your accounts

The best way to sweep a boatload of fresh contacts into the Fire phone is to add one of your online accounts. By adding your Gmail or Yahoo! or another online account to the phone, you instantly incorporate that account’s contacts into your phone.

The navigation panel in the Contacts app lists your current accounts. You see that Facebook, Amazon, Gmail, and Yahoo! accounts have been associated with the phone. All contacts from those accounts become part of the phone’s address book. That’s the easiest way to bring in your contacts:

  • The contacts associated with an online account are created by using that account, or whatever device is connected to that account.

  • A contact entry displays the associated account: Swipe to the bottom of the contact’s Information screen to see which account is associated with that contact.

Creating a new contact from scratch

Sometimes it’s necessary to create a contact when you meet another human being in the real world. In that case, you have more information to input, and it starts like this:

  1. Open the Contacts app.

  2. Touch the Add icon to start building the new contact.

    A new Contact screen appears with lots of fill-in-the-blanks items.

  3. Fill in the contact’s information.

    Tap a text field to summon the onscreen keyboard and begin filling in the contact’s information. The more information you provide, the more useful the contact entry.

    After filling in some items, you may see the Add New prompt. Use it to add multiple phone numbers, email addresses, and so on.

    Use the Menu button to specify whether a phone number or email address is Home, Mobile, Work, or whatever — providing that you know the information.

    At the bottom of the screen, you find the Add More Fields button. Tap that button to add more details for the contact, such as a website.

  4. Touch the Done icon to save the new contact.

The new contact is created. If the contact was created under an online account, it’s immediately synchronized with that account.

Importing contacts from your computer

Your computer’s email program is doubtless a useful repository of contacts you’ve built up over the years. You can export these contacts from your computer’s email program and then import them into your Fire phone. The process isn’t the simplest thing to do, but it’s a quick way to build up your phone’s address book.

The key is to save or export your computer email program’s records in the vCard (.vcf) file format. These records can then be imported into the phone and read by the Contacts app. The method for exporting contacts varies depending on the email program:

  • In the Windows Live Mail program, choose Go→Contacts, and then choose File→Export→Business Card (.VCF) to export the contacts.

  • In Windows Mail, choose File→Export→Windows Contacts, and then choose vCards (Folder of .VCF Files) from the Export Windows Contacts dialog box. Click the Export button.

  • On the Mac, open the Address Book program, and choose File→Export→ Export vCard.

After the vCard files are created, connect the phone to your computer and transfer the vCard files from your computer to the phone.

After the vCard files have been copied to the phone, you import them into the Contacts app. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Contacts app, display the Navigation panel.

    Swipe the screen from left to right, or use the Tilt gesture, to see the panel.

  2. Choose Import/Export.

  3. Choose the Import from Phone Storage command.

    The vCard(s) you copied to the phone are digested and inserted into the address book.

If the default account for the Contacts app is an online account, such as Gmail or Yahoo!, the imported contacts are synchronized with that account as well.