How to Add a Recent Call to an Existing Contact on an iPhone 11

Creating contacts on your iPhone allows you to place all of the contact information for a person or organization in one convenient place. But a lot of people have more than one phone number, and they might call you from a number that isn’t attached to a contact. Fortunately adding a number from your recent calls list to a contact on your iPhone requires only a few short steps.

If you’re like me then there is a good chance that you receive a lot of spam or telemarketing calls every day. While you can use services like Robokiller to block known bad callers, or even silence all of your unknown calls, you will occasionally have calls that you actually want which come from a number that you don’t have saved.

The iPhone makes it easy for you to update existing contacts, either through the dedicated “Contacts” app, or by selecting the Contacts tab at the bottom of the Phone app screen. But manually adding a number can be somewhat tedious, and it’s easy to make a mistake. Our guide below will show you a fast way to automatically add a number from your recent calls to an existing contact.

How to Update an iPhone Contact with a Number from a Recent Call

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Choose the Recents tab.
  3. Tap the i next to the number.
  4. Select Add to Existing Contact.
  5. Choose the contact.
  6. Touch the Update button.

Our article continues below with additional information on adding a recent call to a contact card, including pictures of these steps.

How to Include a Recent Call Number on an Existing iPhone Contact (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 14.3. This guide assumes that you already have a contact on your iPhone to which you would like to include an unknown number from your list of recent calls.

Step 1: Open the Phone app on your iPhone.

open the Phone app

Step 2: Touch the Recents tab at the bottom of the screen.

Depending on your current device settings you may need to toggle between the All or Missed tabs at the top of this screen to find the number.

select the Recents tab

Step 3: Tap the small i button to the right of the number that you wish to add to a contact.

tap the i next to the number

Step 4: Select the Add to Existing Contact button.

If you would like to create a new contact for this number then you could choose the Create New Contact option instead.

how to add a number from Recent Calls to a contact on an iPhone 11

Step 5: Choose the contact to which you would like to add this phone number.

Step 6: Tap the Update button at the top right of the screen to add the number to the contact.

tap the Update button

Your iPhone should have added the number to one of the other phone number options on the contact card.

Now when that number calls you again in the future it will display the name of the contact rather than the number.

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