How Do I Create New Contacts From Messages On iPhones In iOS 12? 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 iPhones in iOS 12.

How Is Creating New Contacts Different In 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. In iOS 12, 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 In iOS 12

First, open Messages and tap on the conversation with the person you want to add as a contact. Then, tap on their phone number above the conversation. When you do, three new buttons will appear. Tap on the info button.

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At the top of the screen, their number will appear again. Tap on it, then tap Create New Contact.

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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 on your iPhone in iOS 12! 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 iOS 12 in the comments section below!

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David L.

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16 days 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?

21 days ago

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

5 months 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?

7 months 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

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

Karen Boyd
2 years ago

Perfect, worked exactly as directions state. Thanks.

Dawn LaPeare
2 years ago

Thank you! This was driving me crazy!

Karyn Newton
3 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

1 year ago
Reply to  Karyn Newton

I’m having the same issue!

9 months ago
Reply to  Irene

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

9 months ago
Reply to  Graham

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