How to Create a New Contact from Scratch on Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Sometimes it’s necessary to create a contact on your Android phone 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. Tap the Add New Contact icon in the Contacts app.

    It may appear as a plus-sign icon at the top of the screen.

  2. Choose an account with which to associate the contact.

    Account choices may be presented directly, or you may have to choose an account from the action bar.

    You should choose Google, unless you use another account, such as Yahoo!, listed as your main Internet mail account.

    Do not choose the Device or Phone account. When you do, the contact information is saved only on your Android phone. It isn’t synchronized with the Internet or any other Android devices.

  3. Fill in the contact’s information.

    Fill in the text fields with the information you know. The more information you provide, the better.

    Some items feature an action bar from which you can choose options, such as whether a phone number is Work, Home, or Mobile.

    To add a second phone number, email address, or location, tap the chevron or plus-sign icon next to an item.

    The Contacts app might sport the Add Another Field button. Use that button whenever you want to add more details for the contact, such as a birthday or website.

  4. Tap the Done or Save button to complete the editing and create the new contact.

    The new contact is created. As a bonus, it’s also automatically synced with your Google account, or with whichever account you chose in Step 3.