When you first set up your iPhone there are going to be some default icons on the primary Home screen. But not all of the default apps fit on that screen, so the remaining icons are placed on a secondary Home screen that you access by swiping to the left on the first Home screen.
Some of the apps that you need the most can be tough to find on your iPhone.
Whether it’s a default app that isn’t located on the primary Home screen or a third-party app that you just installed from the App Store, it’s likely that you will want to rearrange the current layout of your icons.
An important icon that you might want to move is the Contacts icon. This quickly opens the contact list that you have saved to your iPhone, allowing you to find contacts so that you can call them, send them a text message, initiate a FaceTime call, and more.
You can move the Contacts icon to the Home screen on your iPhone by navigating to the second Home screen, opening the Extras folder, tapping and holding on the Contacts icon, choosing Edit Home Screen, then dragging the icon to the desired location and tapping the Done button.
We have previously written about where you can find the Contacts icon on your iPhone 5 in iOS 7, but that location is actually more difficult to access than navigating to your Contacts through the Phone app.
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Fortunately, the app icons on the iPhone can be moved around to suit your own preferences, which allows you to move the Contacts icon to a location that is more convenient for you. So if you would like to have a Contacts icon directly on your Home screen, you can follow the steps below to learn how.
How to Put the Contacts Icon on Your iPhone Home Screen
- Swipe left on the first Home screen.
- Touch the Extras folder.
- Tap and hold on the Contacts icon.
- Select Edit Home Screen.
- Drag the Contacts icon to the Home screen.
- Tap Done.
Our guide continues below with additional information on adding the Contacts icon to the iPhone Home screen, including pictures of these steps.
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How to Move the iPhone Contacts Icon to Home Screen (guide with Pictures)
While the steps in this article are specifically about locating and moving the Contacts icon, you can use a similar method to move around other app icons as well.
The steps below assume that you have not deleted or moved any of the default iPhone app icons. If you have, then you will need to manually locate the icons mentioned.
Step 1: Press the Home button under your iPhone screen to return to your default Home screen, then swipe from right to left to advance to the second Home screen.
Step 2: Touch the Extras icon at the top-left of the screen.
Step 3: Tap and hold the Contacts icon until it starts to shake, then drag it out of the folder.
Note that on newer versions of iOS you will also need to select an “Edit Home Screen” option after tapping and holding on the Contacts icon.
Step 4: Drag the icon to the left side of the screen to return to the default Home screen, then position it in your preferred location.
Step 5: Press the Home button under your screen to lock the icons into their new location.
On iPhone models without a Home screen, you will need to tap the Done button at the top-right corner of the screen.
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More Information on How to Move the Contacts Icon – iPhone
While the steps in this guide focus specifically on locating and moving the Contacts icon to your Apple iPhone Home screen, these same steps work for any other app icons that you would like to move as well.
If you are having difficulty finding an app you can always swipe down from the middle of the screen to open the Spotlight Search, then type the name of the app into the search field at the top of the screen.
Another way that you can find your contacts is to open the Phone app, then select the Contacts tab at the bottom of the screen.
If there is a phone icon at the top of your screen that you can’t identify, then this phone symbol on iPhone guide can help you out.
If you wind up moving too many icons and make it difficult to find the ones that you need, you can always reset the layout. You can find this option by going to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > reset > Reset Home Screen Layout.
There is also an App Library on newer versions of iOS that you access by navigating to the rightmost Home screen. Here you will find all of your apps organized into various categories.
If you like the App Library you can elect to stop adding newly installed apps to the Home screen and only add them to the App Library. This setting is found at Settings > Home Screen.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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