How Do I Create New Contacts From Messages On iPhone? The Fix!

You’re texting a new friend in the Messages app and you want to save them as a contact. You’re looking for the information button, but you can’t find it! In this article, I’ll show you how to create new contacts from Messages on an iPhone.

How Did Creating New Contacts Change With iOS 12?

On earlier versions of iOS, the Information button already appears in the upper right-hand corner of the screen when you open a conversation in Messages. If your iPhone is running iOS 12 or newer, there’s an extra step — you have to tap the number before the Information button appears!

How To Create New Contacts From Messages On iPhones

First, open Messages and tap on the conversation with the person you want to add as a contact. Then, tap on their phone number or profile picture (it’ll probably be blank) above the conversation. When you do, four new buttons will appear. Tap the info button.

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Next, tap Create New Contact. Finally, type in their name and any other information you know about them, then tap Done in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

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Coming In Contact With iOS 12

You now know how to create new contacts from Messages on your iPhone! When you meet someone new, make sure to share this article with them so they know how to add you as a contact too. Leave any other questions you have about your iPhone in the comments section below.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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5 months ago

Doesn’t work with Iphone 14.

6 months ago

Does not work after 17.1 update – bloody Apple are mucking up everyone’s phones

6 months ago

Doesn’t work with iPhone 15. At least what you are describing.

1 year ago

on my iphone, not sure which,after hitting ‘info’ i have to hit a tiny feckin arrow on top right then i get the ‘create contact’ frame. ROTTEN GUI … this would fail university.. where is the affordance ? where is the visibility? one of the most desirable features is buried under 4 unintuitive steps .. are they havin a giraffe ?

Darlene Pitts
1 year ago

Thank you for helping a Sr Citizen learn something new.

Larry Solesbee
2 years ago

in ios 15 when in messages, click on person, all i see is:
Send my current location
Share my location
Show in shared with you
Hide alerts
Send read receipts
Share focus status

how can i get that phone number & name into my phone contacts?

2 years ago

created contact as described from a text message but still does not show up in Contacts.

2 years ago

Very helpful thank you, it’s not at all obvious and most other help sites don’t explain this well.

2 years ago

I am able to save the contact information from my iPhone XR, but the contact doesn’t save in my Contacts list. It only exists in text message information. How do I migrate this information to the Contacts list?

2 years ago

I have done the above for 4 different new numbers. Each time it saves and shows the person’s name in messenger for the first few minutes. But as soon as I leave the app and go back in to messages it is as if I never saved it. But, it shows in contacts. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong?

2 years ago

Doesn’t work. I have tried everything and still can’t add a contact from text. I will probably go back to Android.

3 years ago

When I add a contact through text messaging, it doesn’t move that person into my contacts app. How do I make it show up in the contacts app?

3 years ago

Thank you !! Update: I’m on iOS 14.4 and it actually a little different. Tap on the message, tap on the phone number, tap on the Info button, tap on the Info button again, tap on Create New Contact.

1 year ago
Reply to  Andrew

you say to tap on the info button twice, there is only one option to tap on it after you open the number, then you get the option to create new contact. When I do this it shows the persons name in messages but does not add it to the contacts list. Not sure how you get tap the info button twice, the order is tap the message, tap the arrow next to the phone number, tap the info button and THEN you get the create new contact option…..but as I said it doesn’t add the name or the phone… Read more »

3 years ago

Very Helpful – was driving me crazy too. Shouldn’t need so many steps to do this!

Karen Boyd
5 years ago

Perfect, worked exactly as directions state. Thanks.

Dawn LaPeare
5 years ago

Thank you! This was driving me crazy!

Karyn Newton
5 years ago

Have followed this to the letter and when I hit create contact it calls the contact! Dont want to call them just want to record them as a contact

3 years ago
Reply to  Karyn Newton

I’m having the same issue!

3 years ago
Reply to  Irene

This doesn’t work at all. when you tap on the second number – the contact creation does not come up!

3 years ago
Reply to  Graham

After the number appears again, tap info again, then tap Create New Contact