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Add, manage and share contacts

The Firefox OS Contacts app makes it easy to connect with your favorite people. Learn how to add, manage and share contact information. You can even add contacts directly from Facebook and popular email services. Let's get started!

How does the Contacts app work?

The Contacts app lets you contact your friends through any of the following options:

  • Phone
  • Email
  • Message
Tip: Make a contact a "Favorite" and it will be shown at the top of your contacts list.

Add contacts manually

Here's how to add contacts the old-fashioned way:

  1. Tap the plus button next to settings to get to the Add contact screen.
    Manual contact firefox os contacts 2.0
  2. Enter a name, number, photo, etc.
  3. To save your new contact, tap the Done button on the top right.

Import contacts

If you already have contacts on your SIM Card, SD Card or Gmail, Outlook (and Hotmail) and Facebook accounts, Firefox OS saves you time by allowing you to import them.

Import from Sim Card or Memory Card

  1. Open the Contacts contacts app application.
  2. Tap on the Gray FxOS settings gear gear icon.
  3. Tap to import from Sim Card or Memory Card.
    Contacts import
  4. Tap on the Select all button or select the contacts you would like to import.
  5. Tap on Import at the top right corner.
  6. Wait until the contacts have been imported to your device.
Tip: There are third-party apps that allow you to import from vCard files on your SD card. See the Marketplace .

Import from Gmail, Outlook or Facebook

  1. Open the Contacts contacts app application.
  2. Tap on the Gray FxOS settings gear gear icon.
  3. Tap to import from Gmail or Outlook or Facebook.
    Contacts import
  4. Sign in as prompted.
  5. Tap the Select all button or select the contacts you would like to import.
  6. Tap Import at the top right corner.

    Select contacts to import
  7. Wait until the contacts have been imported to your device.

Linking a contact to Facebook gives you additional options through the Contacts app.

  • Send them a Facebook message
  • Post to their Facebook Wall
  • View their Facebook profile
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Tip: Make a contact a "Favorite" and it will be shown at the top of your contacts list.

Import from Sim Card or Memory Card

  1. Open the Contacts contacts app contacts 2.0 application.
  2. Tap the Gray FxOS settings gear gear 2.0 gear icon.
  3. Tap Import Contacts.
  4. Tap to import from Sim Card or Memory Card.
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  5. Select the contacts you would like to import or tap Select all to select your whole list.
  6. Tap Import in the top right corner.
Tip: There are third-party apps that allow you to import from vCard files on your SD card. See the Marketplace .

Import from Sim Card

If your phone holds multiple SIM cards, you can even import from both of them.

  1. Open the Contacts contacts app contacts 2.0 application.
  2. Tap the Gray FxOS settings gear gear 2.0 gear icon.
  3. Tap Import Contacts.
  4. Tap to import from Sim Card
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  5. Select the contacts you would like to import or tap Select all to select your whole list.
  6. Tap Import in the top right corner.

Import from Phone Memory or Memory Card

You can import contacts stored in a vCard file (Version 3.0).

Tip: A handy tool for maintaining vCards using an Excel-Sheet is VCard-Grid. VCard-Grid is a third-party program. If you are having problems using VCard-Grid, contact its developer.
  1. Store the .vcf file in your Phone Memory (internal card) or on your Memory Card (SD card)
  2. Open the Contacts contacts app contacts 2.0 application.
  3. Tap the Gray FxOS settings gear gear 2.0 gear icon.
  4. Tap Import Contacts.
  5. Tap to import from Internal card or SD Card.
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  6. All contacts begin importing.
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Import from Gmail or Outlook

  1. Open the Contacts contacts app contacts 2.0 application.
  2. Tap the Gray FxOS settings gear gear 2.0 gear icon.
  3. Tap Import Contacts.
  4. Tap to import from Gmail or Outlook.
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  5. Sign in as prompted.
  6. Select the contacts you would like to import or tap Select all to select your whole list.
  7. Tap Import in the top right corner.
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Import from Facebook

  1. Open the Contacts contacts app contacts 2.0 application.
  2. Tap the Gray FxOS settings gear gear 2.0 gear icon.
  3. Tap to the button next to Sync friends.
    Facebook Sync Friends
  4. Sign in to Facebook as prompted.
  5. Select the contacts you would like to import or tap Select All to import all your contacts.
  6. Tap Import in the top right corner to start the import process.
    Facebook import

Linking a contact to Facebook gives you additional options through the Contacts app.

  • Send them a Facebook message
  • Post to their Facebook Wall
  • View their Facebook profile
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Importing a friend to your Contacts from Facebook will automatically link their profiles, but you can also do it manually:

  1. Select the contact you want to link.
  2. Tap the Link contact button.
  3. A list of possible Facebook friend matches will be displayed. Just tap on the correct one and it will be linked.

Add a contact from another Firefox OS app

Add contacts directly from the Messages, Email and Phone apps. You can choose to add that contact information from each app to an existing contact or create a brand new contact.

  • In the Messages app, tap on the message to open it. Tap on the phone number at the top of the screen and choose whether to create a new contact or add that number to an existing contact.
  • In the Email app, open a message and tap on the email address that you want to add. Choose whether to create a new contact or add that email address to an existing contact.
  • In the Phone app, tap a number in the call log to see your choices for adding that number to an existing contact or creating a new contact.
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Note: This feature is available in Firefox OS version 1.1 and higher. Not sure what version of Firefox OS you have? Here's how to find out.

Delete a contact

  1. Tap the contact you want to delete.
  2. Tap the edit contact button in the upper-right edit contact edit contact 2.0
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, tap Delete Contact and then Remove.

Export your contacts to other devices

Transfer your contacts to other devices by exporting them to your SIM card, memory card or through bluetooth.

  1. Open the Contacts app, then tap the Settings gear icon on the top right corner to see the Settings screen below.
    export sim
  2. Choose the method you want to export your contacts through: SIM card, memory card or bluetooth. If you choose bluetooth, you will need to choose the device you want to transfer to on the next screen.
  3. The screen will show the contacts you currently have on your phone. Tap the box next to each contact you want to transfer, or tap Select all to transfer all of them.
  4. Tap Export on the top right corner of the screen when you've chosen all your contacts.
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A message will show you the progress. When the export is complete, you may close the app.

Now that you've added your contacts, you're ready to call or message them. See Calls and voicemail for more information.

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I’m having serious doubts about some of the latest edits being correct (especially the Phone Memory or Memory Card section), as there isn’t any 1.3, 2.0 or even master version using either the ‘Internal card’ or ‘SD Card’ label, and I don’t see them on a local device using 2.0 either. There’s also two ‘for fxos1.3’ sections following each other, and an image carrying lots of whitespace.

Could anyone check?

Thanks for pointing this out, Tonnes. I've consolidated the 1.3 sections and took care of the white space issue.

I don't have a SIM card that fits into my 1.3 or 2.0 devices, so I can't test these methods (I approved them based on the provided screenshots). I'll ping the author of the revisions in question so he can clarify them.

AxxxGxxxxx

Hello Tonnes, thanks for taking the time to check my edit. I confirm to you that these screenshots were made with an Alcatel OT Fire E running FFOS V1.3 Firmware 1006B (standard German retail version).

I checked in the sources and indeed cannot find the string "internal card", apparently this is referred to as "internal storage". Since Alcatel has not yet released the sources for the Fire E, I cannot tell what kind of modifications they may have made to the source.

I'd love to help resolve this. Is the issue that your device does not offer to import contacts from the internal memory, or is the issue the wording on the display?

Hello A.G.,

Thanks for checking this. No worries, it’s just the wording, as I could not find the Internal card label for our locale and neither for en-US. I was a bit wrong above about the "SD Card" label though, as that one is present allright, though it’s a bit unclear from the screenshot. Could it be you meant "SIM card" there instead or did you explicitely mean the greyed out SD card option? Also, I do see a "Memory card" option on my device (though greyed out), like in the previous screenshot.

I haven’t heard of manufacturers changing wording until now, but it could very well be possible. Maybe Alcatel just uses "Internal card" instead of "Memory card" to clarify it’s the internal one? I dont’t think they changed "storage" to "card" in the "Internal storage" label, as that string isn’t in the contacts file and probably used in the Media storage overview.

If chances are manufacturers can and do change some wording, it may be best to use the labels as they appear in the source and add a note like "On some devices this is called " Internal card" or just ("or Internal card") to the article. Confusing though, as the "To import contacts insert a memory card" string as shown in the screenshot suggests the memory card is the SD card. Anyway, I guess Joni can tell about the manufacturers policy and what to do here.

AxxxGxxxxx

Hi Tonnes,

hmm, writing documentation for OS software seems to have its challenges :) Anyways to the points: 1. SIM vs. SD Card: I mean SD Card. It is just greyed out on the screenshot because there is no SD Card inserted into the phone. Funny how one label says "SD Card" and the message says "memory card". 2. Is your device running FFOS compiled from Github? That would mean that you see the strings as they are in the sources on Github. If Alcatel changed some wordings, these would not appear to you. 3. Memory Card being greyed out on your device: does your device have internal memory? 4. Wording: my bet is they changed "internal" to "internal card" to be analogous to "SD card" in the short names. 5. From the sources I would say FFOS treats internal memory as SD Card[0].

Aside from these details, my point in making the change was to change away from recommending the app VCardIn and recommend using the Contacts app to import VCards. I'll be happy to let Joni make the call about the wording in the article.