How to Manage Your Amazon Fire Phone Address Book

By Dan Gookin

If you believe that your Fire phone’s address book is all finished at any point, then you haven’t met any new friends lately. Or perhaps none of the people you know will ever move or change their phone numbers or email addresses. Such a thing could happen, but probably won’t. Therefore, a modicum of address book management is necessary.

Changing contact info

To make minor touch-ups on any contact, start by locating and displaying that person’s information in the Contacts app. Touch the Edit icon and start making changes.

Change or add information by touching a field and typing on the onscreen keyboard. You can edit information as well: Touch a field to change whatever you want.

Some information cannot be edited. For example, fields pulled in from social networking sites can be edited only by that account holder on the social networking site.

When you’re done editing, touch the Done button.

Adding a contact’s picture

To add a picture to a contact, you can snap a picture and save it, grab a picture from the Internet, or use any image already stored in the phone’s photo album. The image doesn’t even have to be a picture of the contact — any image will do.

After the contact’s photo or any other suitable image is stored on the phone, follow these steps to update the contact’s information:

  1. Locate and display the contact’s information.

  2. Edit the contact’s information.

    Touch the Edit icon.

  3. Touch the Edit Image command.

    The command is found next to the contact’s image, or initials if the contact doesn’t have an image.

  4. Choose the Add Photo command.

    If the Take Photo command is available, you can use the Fire phone’s camera to quickly snap a picture.

  5. If you see the Complete Action Using prompt, choose the Photos app. Tap the Just Once option.

  6. Choose a suitable image.

    Browse the album to find an image.

  7. Tap the Choose icon to select that image.

  8. Touch the Save icon to set the image for the contact.

    The image is assigned, and it appears whenever the contact is referenced on your phone.

The contact’s image appears when the person calls, in the text messaging app, as well as other instances when the contact is referenced in your phone:

  • Pictures can also be added by accessing your various online accounts and editing the contacts there. Gmail and Facebook accounts may change their images if the contact decides to add or change their own image for those services.

  • Some images in the Gallery may not work for contact icons. For example, images synchronized with your online photo albums may be unavailable.

  • To remove or change a contact’s picture, follow Steps 1–3, but choose the Remove Photo command to get rid of the existing image.

Making a VIP

VIP is an acronym for Very Important Person. It’s really overused. Aren’t all people important?

On your phone, a VIP contact is someone you stay in touch with most often. The person doesn’t have to be someone you like — just someone you (perhaps unfortunately) phone often, such as your parole officer.

To create a favorite, display a contact’s information and touch the Star icon. You don’t even need to edit the contact; when the star is highlighted, the contact is flagged as one of your VIPs.

VIP contacts appear on the Delighters and Shortcuts panel when you’re viewing the Contacts app, but also in the Phone app. To quickly access a VIP, choose the person from the tab:

  • To remove a contact from the VIP list, touch the contact’s star again. Removing a VIP status doesn’t delete the contact.

  • A contact has no idea whether he’s a VIP, so don’t believe that you’re hurting his feelings by not making him a favorite.

Joining identical contacts

The Fire phone can pull in contacts from multiple online accounts, including Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, and others. Because of these many sources, you may discover duplicate contact entries in the phone’s address book. Rather than fuss over which contact to use, you can join them. Here’s how:

  1. Wildly scroll the address book until you locate a duplicate.

    Well, maybe not wildly scroll, but locate a duplicated entry. Because the address book is sorted, the duplicates appear close together (though that may not always be the case).

  2. Select one of the duplicate contacts.

    When you see two identical address book entries, one after the other, you have duplicates. Even if you don’t see them, choose a contact because the phone will find similar or related entries.

  3. Tap the Join icon.

    After choosing the command, you see a list of suggested contacts, which the phone guesses could be identical. You might also see the entire list of contacts in case the phone is stumped. Your job is to find the duplicate contact.

  4. Choose the duplicate contact from the list.

    The contacts are merged, appearing as a single entry in the Edit screen.

  5. Save the merged contact; tap the Save icon.

    The contacts are joined.

Joined contacts aren’t flagged as such in the address book, but you can easily identify them: When you’re looking at the contact’s information, a joined contact looks like a single long entry, often showing two sources or accounts from which the contact’s information is pulled.