Use Contact Notes on the iPhone

We’ve written about the Spotlight Search feature on the iPhone before, and it is one of the easiest ways to filter through all of the information that you keep on your device.

But you can improve it even more by taking advantage of less-known options, such as the Notes field in Contacts.

For example, you might have someone listed by their name in your contact list, but you may not be able to remember their name specifically. By adding a descriptive element to their contact, you can give yourself another way to locate the contact information that you need.

Find Contacts More Easily With Contact Notes

This is ideally used for contacts that you do not communicate with very often, such as restaurants in vacation spots or work colleagues that you spend time with when you are in their city.

So, for example, by adding the phrase “New York sales” to the notes for a contact that you don’t speak with very often, you can make it an easier task to find that person by searching for that phrase in Spotlight Search.

Step 1: Touch the Phone icon.

touch the phone icon

Step 2: Select the Contacts option at the bottom of the screen.

select the contacts option

Step 3: Select the name of the contact to which you want to add a note.

select the contact you want to add notes to

Step 4: Touch the Edit button at the top-right of the screen.

touch the edit button

Step 5: Scroll to the Notes section towards the bottom of the screen.

scroll down to the notes section

Step 6: Tap inside the Notes section, add your note, then touch the Done button.

enter the note to assign to the contact

You can access Spotlight Search by swiping up on your home screen.

open spotlight search

You can then search for your contact using the phrase that you included, and it will show up at the top of the results list.

how to use contact notes on the iphone

Now that you know how to use contact notes on an iPhone, you can easily save additional information about a contact, which can then be used for searching purposes on the devices as well.

You can store other contact information with your contacts as well. For example, include email addresses on a contact list so that you can filter contact emails to a special VIP mailbox.

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