Who are all of these people and how did I get their numbers?
Gone are the days of dusty old address books filled with scribbles and scratched-out contacts in a variety of different colors of ink. Instead, we can keep all of our contacts right on our iPhones and iPads, and updating information doesn't require a second page. But, with advances in storing contacts comes the woes of managing them.
If you feel overwhelmed by how many people you know and all of the different ways in which you can get in touch with them, there is a solution - contact manager apps - and we've got a list of the best ones to suit your needs.
1. My Contacts Backup Pro
My Contacts Backup Pro does one thing really well: backup your contacts. All you have to do is tap the backup button and it will sync your contact data to build a vCard list or a CSV Excel spreadsheet. Email it to yourself and you're done. If, for some reason, you lose all of your contacts on your iPhone, all you have to do is open the attachment from the email and everything you backed up will import back into the Contacts app.
If you don't feel the need to manage your contacts, but do like the idea of securely backing them up, My Contacts Backup Pro is a one-tap process for you. If your contact list isn't too big, there is also a free version that is limited to 500 contact.
- $1.99 - Download now
2. Smart Merge Pro
Do you have duplicate contacts in your address book? Do you have two contacts for the same person, but one of them includes a work phone number and the other includes a home email? You need Smart Merge. It sniffs out similar contacts and lets you merge them into one. It then deletes the duplicates so you have a more organized list of contacts. Plus, it automatically backs up your contacts and sends you an email attachment of the vCard list that you can use to rebuild your address book with if something happens.
Smart Merge Pro also separates out contacts that are missing names, phone numbers or email addresses so you can go through each one and delete or update the information. You can filter contacts by recently added, birthdays, company, or job title. So, if you're looking for that guy you met last week that works for Google, but can't remember his name, you'll be able to track him down easier with the filter tool.
If you're tired of having duplicates or email addresses with no name attached, Smart Merge will help you organize and clean out your contacts.
- $2.99 - Download now
In real life, we tend to put our friends, family, and business associates into social groups. Why not do that with your contacts? With Connect, you can quickly separate your contacts into as many groups as you want. Then, you can send an email or text message to everyone in a group with one tap.
You can also call, email, text message, or FaceTime with any single contact by swiping to the right. It's great for getting directly to how you want to communicate with friends and family.
If you are big on organizing your contacts into groups, Connect will make it super easy to split them up into as many customized lists as you like.
- Free - Download now
If you have contacts across a variety of different services, like Google, iCloud, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Microsoft Exchange, FullContact will bring them all together and—you guessed it!—bind them. You can connect each address book and see them in a unified contacts list.
When you select an individual, you can see their various social connections, including Tumblr and Twitter, and even view their most recent updates. You can find out more about where your friends work if you have their company email address.
FullContact does not connect iCloud contacts if you have two-step verification turned on. So be aware that you will need to temporarily disable the security feature to sync your iCloud contacts.
If you have multiple email accounts across different services, FullContact will bring them all together in one place for you.
- Free - Download now
Groups is a contact manager that lets you put people into lists. But, the feature that makes this app stand out is that it also lets you quickly delete groups of contacts that you don't want. It doesn't just remove them from the app. It gets them out of your iPhone or iPad's contact database as well. (And, hence, out of the built-in Contacts app.) Instead of scrolling through, selecting, editing, and deleting 20 people individually, you can select as many as you want and delete them all with a single tap. Groups also lets you filter contacts by company, email, phone number, or photos.
It works great for sending mass emails or text messages to everyone in your contacts list, which I know sounds annoying, but I have friends that do it and it's a great way for them to let everyone know about something very important.
If you are at the end of your rope and just want to obliterate your entire list of contacts, give Groups a try first before you take the nuclear option.
Free - Download now
CamCard is a business card scanner that is dedicated to keeping your collection organized. You can take a picture of a business card and it will automatically find emails, phone numbers, company names, positions, and more, and populate the information into a vCard that can be saved to iCloud. It has a fairly good text reader, although it still struggles with fancy lettering.
When you sign in, you can also use the app to exchange digital business cards with other CardCam users. With Card Radar, you can find people in the same room that are also using CardCam and exchange contacts without having to talk to them. With the QR code scanner, you can share your data with someone face-to-face. The Private Group tool lets you share a code to specific people so they can exchange business cards together.
If you are ready to ditch the bulky wallet and keep your business cards digitally organized instead, CardCam will help you.
- $2.99 - Download now
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How do you manage your contacts? Let us know in the comments.