How to Use the Contacts App on Your Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

The address book is used by many other apps on the Fire phone. These include Email, Messaging, social networking apps, as well as the obvious Phone app. That makes the address book a vital part of using your Fire phone:

  • The Fire phone doesn’t ship with any preset contacts. To add contacts, add accounts to your phone.

  • You can also use your contacts to sync with social networking.

Accessing the phone’s address book

To peruse your phone’s address book, you use the Contacts app. Tap the Contacts icon on the App Grid or, if you’ve accessed that app recently, look for it on the Carousel.

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Scroll the list by swiping your finger on the touchscreen.

Tap the letter index to see an A-to-Z index. Then you can tap a letter to visit contacts whose names start with that letter.

Use the Search icon to quickly locate any contact by typing all or part of their name. Tap the Cancel text to clear the search:

  • To view all contacts available to your phone, choose All Contacts from the Navigation panel. To view contacts associated with a specific account, choose that account.

  • The Contacts app pulls in contact information from online accounts associated with your phone. You can also add accounts individually.

  • Some contacts may be duplicated. You can remove this redundancy.

  • No correlation can be made between the number of contacts you have and how popular you are in real life.

Sorting the address book

The Contacts app displays your people in a certain order, such as alphabetically by first name. You can change the order to whatever you like by following these steps:

  1. Open the Contacts app.

  2. Display the Navigation panel.

    Swipe in from the left edge of the screen, or use the Tilt gesture to see the panel.

  3. Choose Settings.

  4. Choose Contact Settings.

  5. Choose Sort Order of Contact Name to specify how the contacts are sorted in the address book: First Last or Last First.

    The First Last option means that the contacts are sorted by first name, so Dan Gookin would appear under D. The Last First option would put Dan Gookin under G.

  6. Choose Display Order of Contact Name to specify whether contacts appear First Last or Last First.

    The First Last option lists names with the first name first and then last name. The Last First option lists last names first.

The address book is updated, displayed per your preferences.

Viewing a contact

After you locate a contact in the address book, tap that entry to view details. You see additional information.

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The list of activities you can do with the contact depends on the information shown and the apps installed on the phone. Here are some options:

Place a phone call. To call the contact, touch one of the contact’s phone entries, such as Home or Mobile.

Send a text message. Touch the Text item to open the Messaging app and send the contact a message.

Locate the contact on a map. When the contact has a home or business address, you can touch the contact’s View Address item to summon the Maps app.

Some tidbits of information that show up for a contact have no associated action. For example, the phone won’t sing Happy Birthday whenever you touch a contact’s birthday information.

Touch the triangle at the top of the screen, or swipe from bottom to top (the Back action) to return to the Contacts app’s main screen:

  • Not every contact has a picture, and the picture can come from a number of sources (Gmail or Facebook, for example).

  • A contact without a picture shows initials, such as JC for Julius Caesar. A Facebook contact without a picture shows the generic Facebook human icon.

  • Some contacts are joined. That means the information you see comes from multiple sources, such as Gmail or Facebook.