How to Make Favorites on the Samsung Galaxy S 5

By Bill Hughes

You’re probably familiar with using contact databases. Many cellphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S 5, automatically create one, or at least prompt you to create one. You also probably have a file of contacts on your work computer, comprising work e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

And if you have a personal e-mail account, you probably have a contact database of e-mail accounts of friends and family members. If you’re kickin’ it old school, you might even keep a paper address book with names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

The problem with having all these contact databases is that it’s rarely ever as neat and tidy as I’ve just outlined. A friend might e-mail you at work, so you have her in both your contact databases. Then her e-mail address might change, and you update that information in your personal address book but not in your work one.

In addition to problems keeping all your contact databases current, it can be a hassle to migrate the database from your old phone. Some cellular carriers or firms have offered a service that converts your existing files to your new phone, but it’s rarely a truly satisfying experience. You end up spending a lot of time correcting the assumptions it makes.

Over the course of time, you probably find yourself calling some people more than others on the Samsung Galaxy S 5 phone. It would be nice to not have to scroll through your entire contacts database to find those certain people. Contacts allows you to place some of your contacts into a Favorites list for easy access.

From within the Contacts app, open the profile and notice the star next to that person’s name. To the right of the contact name is a star. If that star is gold, that Contact is a Favorite. If not, then not.

To make a contact into a star, tap the blank outline of the star. To demote a contact from stardom without deleting, tap the gold star.

You won’t immediately see a difference in your Contacts other than the appearance of the gold star. When you open your Phone, however, this contact now appears under your Favorites tab. This is like a mini-contact database. It looks similar in structure to you regular contact database, but it only includes your favorites.

You can immediately find your Favorites from this tab and then dial that person by tapping his or her name and then tapping Send.

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