How to add and manage contacts on your new iPad

Once you have your new iPad all set up, you're going to want to get your contacts sorted out so you can email, iMessage, FaceTime, Skype, and otherwise stay in touch with the people that matter the most to you.

How to sync your cloud contacts to your iPad

When you set up a cloud-based email account, be it iCloud, Gmail, Hotmail, Exchange, etc. all your contacts will be synced over as well. Everything that you have online and on your other devices, like your smartphone, or on the Web, will just show up, and will stay in sync no matter where you make changes.

How to add a contact on your iPad

  1. Open your Contacts app from your homescreen.

How to add or edit contacts on your new iPad

  1. On the left page at the bottom right, you'll see a "+" sign. Tap on it to add a contact.

How to add a contact on your new iPad

  1. From here you can start inputting info about your contact. Fill out all the fields necessary and then tap Done in the upper right hand corner.

How to edit or delete a contact on your iPad

  1. Find the contact you'd like to delete and select it.

How to add or edit contacts on your new iPad

  1. On the right hand page at the bottom you'll see an Edit button. Tap it.
  2. If you're editing the contact, just make the changes you need to and tap Done in the upper right hand corner when you're finished.

How to delete a contact on your new iPad

  1. If you're deleting someone entirely you can just scroll all the way down and you will see a Delete Contact button. Tap it and it will ask you to confirm that you'd like to delete that contact. Tap Delete again to confirm.

That's all there is to it. Contacts will automatically integrate with Mail and other default apps so you don't have to type in email addresses or phone numbers. Just type the contact name and it should pull just exactly the right information, as long as it's in your contacts. And if you're synced with iCloud, ActiveSync, or any other type of cloud service for contacts, your changes will also be reflected on any other iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch you have set up as well.

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  • Why are you guys rewriting these basic writeups for every new device that comes out? The process hasn't changed since you wrote this for the last iPad. Why all the bs articles? Come up with something new. All this is showing is that you guys can't fill the blog pages up with anything original.
  • I agree that these are basics and nothing has changed. In fairness to them (iMore) though, these articles are intended for people who may be entirely new to iPad, iOS, or even Apple altogether.
  • When a new user is searching for things they search for their device. It has everything to do with search and providing beginners with information about their device. They may not know it is the same. While we have readers that are advanced we also have very beginner readers as well and aim to make the site enjoyable and informative for everyone. Not just techies.
  • Because someone's mom or dad, sister or brother, son or daughter, best friend or boss just bought one and wants to know how to use it.
    If you already know, great. Save the link and send it to your friend, family member, or colleague when they get a new iPad, and we'll save you the tech support duties.
    Also: Things change all the time, including what's supported and where, and how the interface looks and works. For some, that doesn't matter; it's easy to figure out. For others, it's unknowable.
  • Then why not just set up a section for new users with links to this stuff you've already done? No one wants to wade through these. iOS hasn't changed.
    This is annoying for most of your users. No wonder people don't stick around. You treat your readers like they're noobs. Most iMore writers don't even bother to post in your own forums. Why should we? We've got jobs too but still find time to participate.
  • I actually don't think you can speak for "most of our readers" nor speak for the amount of e-mails a day we get on questions as basic as these. If an article does not interest you, just scroll past it to something that does.
    It obviously does interest others.
  • Your veteran readers aren't going to email you with basic questions. Why would they? In fact, why would anyone email you at all? If you don't know something, that's what the forums are for. If you want to know about a camera for example, do you go to some site and email the writers with your basic questions or do you check the site and forums? It's no wonder then the emails you do get are full of dumb questions.
    Sure, I could dismiss this and move on. But not when there's 50 odd columns covering some basic function that's more about iOS than the new iPad.
  • You are such a happy and enjoyable person. Sorry a few flicks of your thumb is such a bother. I am sure the staff will only write posts that are only interesting to YOU in the future.
  • I'm just gonna chime in here, recently I have been having the same issue. I am getting too many rubbish articles in my RSS feed and many seem to come from imore. Either be a site for absolute beginners or add value to a normal user's day. In one article you do a teardwown explaining the ins and outs of the new A5X chip and the next article is this one. You can't do both, pick one.
  • I tried syncing contacts in the cloud between iPhone and iPad and ended up getting duplicate contacts. Is there a way to prevent that?
  • Did you choose to merge with existing data?
  • I just set up my gmail account and there isn't an option to sync my contacts. Is there anyway i can sync them? (btw this is my first ios device)
  • When you set up your Gmail in Mail settings, DO NOT set it up as a Gmail account. Instead, set it up as a Microsoft Exchange account.
  • its going to sync with everything under the sun,be prepared to get tons of unwanted contacts,the unwanted one will be listed up to 3 and 4 times,you will have no choice nor will u be able to modify or delete unwanted contacts. not that im aware of anyway,ive had my ipad mini over a year,this is one of the many in a long list of things that aggravate me. good luck
  • How do you delete unwanted groups that have migrated to contacts thru the cloud?
  • How do I stop it adding contacts from everywhere automatically? I would like to manually add only the ones I need (many in my email contact list are useless -- some are only saved to stop messages going into spam, but I don't want them cluttering my "contacts" app too).... If I delete them individually, will they also be deleted from my email's contacts list too?
  • not all contacts have the delete option,why is this? the contacts i wish removed are the onse that cant be edited or deleted. i have about 500 unwanted contacts on my ipad,i did not put them there nior do i want them there. seems it synced with ever account accept for the only account i wanted a copy of contacts of on my ipad. ipad shares a ph number with my android ph and for life of me i cant get these devices to sync contacts,yet ipad synced with everytrhing under the sun if i dont want it to. how can i get it to stop copying unwanted contacts,why cant i add as i see fit,im not given any sure as i dont want the contact onj ipad,its going to list it up to four times.