Different iPhones often come with different versions of iOS. Each different version of iOS includes some changes from the previous versions, and one change that you might notice is that the default apps are sometimes in different spots.
In some previous versions of iOS, the Contacts icon was simply on the Home screen. It has also been located in a Utilities folder in other versions of iOS. On the iPhone 6 in iOS 8, however, the Contacts icon is located in a folder called “Extras”. Our tutorial below will show you where you can find that folder and open your Contacts application.
Locate the Contacts Icon in iOS 8
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. These steps will assume that you have not moved any of your default app icons from the original locations. If you have, then the Contacts icon might be in a different location than the one specified in the steps below. If that is the case, then we will offer a couple of alternative ways to find it after this tutorial.
Step 1: Swipe to the left on your Home screen.
Step 2: Tap the Extras icon. This is a folder, and it contains several different default apps.
Step 3: Tap the Contacts icon to open it.
If you wish to move the Contacts icon out of this folder, then you can tap and hold the Contacts icon until it starts to shake, then drag it towards the bottom of the screen.
You can then place it on this Home screen, or drag it to the left or right side of the screen to place it on a different Home screen. Press the Home button under your screen when the Contacts icon is in the desired location.
As mentioned previously, this tutorial will not work if you have previously moved the Contacts icon to a different location, or if you have restored a previous iPhone backup to your iPhone 6 that had the Contacts icon in a different spot. An alternative way to find it is to swipe down from the top of the screen, then type the word “Contacts” into the search field. You can then tap the Contacts option under Applications to open it. If you aren’t seeing it, then you may need to change your Spotlight Search settings to allow it to search Applications.
Additionally, you can find your contacts by opening the Phone app –
Then selecting the Contacts option at the bottom of the screen.
If you are still having problems accessing your Contacts icon, then you may simply need to reset your Home screen layout so that you can find it in its’ default location (as illustrated in Steps 1 to 3 of this tutorial.) This article will show you how to reset the Home screen layout on the iPhone 6.
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.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
His main writing topics include iPhones, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Android, and Photoshop, but he has also written about many other tech topics as well.