How to Create a Contact in Your Android Tablet's Address Book - dummies

How to Create a Contact in Your Android Tablet’s Address Book

Sometimes it’s necessary to create a contact in your Android tablet’s address book when you actually meet another human being in the real world. Or maybe you finally got around to transferring information to the tablet from a traditional address book. In either instance, you have information to input, and it starts like this:

  1. Open the tablet’s address book app.

    The app may be named People or Contacts or Unwashed Masses or something similar.

  2. Touch the Add Contact icon.

    If you don’t see the Add Contact icon, ensure that you’re viewing all contacts and not a specific contact group: Choose All Contacts from the View action bar, or touch the All Contacts tab at the top of the screen.

  3. If prompted, choose an account as the place to store the contact.

    Consider choosing Google, unless you use another account listed as your main Internet mail account, such as Yahoo!.

  4. Fill in the contact’s information as best you can.

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


Use the action bar to expand a field. You may see a pop-up window with specific controls, commands, or options. Use the pop-up to help fill in the field or provide specific information, such as whether a phone number is a mobile, work, or home number.


Some items may have a large Plus icon next to them, or you may see the text Add New. Use that icon to add another phone number or e-mail address or another item. A Minus or Cancel icon is used to remove multiple items.

At the bottom of the New Contact screen, you’ll find the Add Another Field button. Use that button when you can add more details for the contact, such as their birthday or website address.

Touch the Done or Save button to complete editing and add 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.