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May102010

How to Use iPhone Favorites to Speed-Dial Someone

The iPhone offers many conveniences. One of our favorites is, urm... Favorites. Specifically, Phone Favorites. Like bookmarks for web sites you visit all the time, iPhone Favorites is a list you personalize with friends and family you call often. All you have to do to dial someone in your Favorites list is tap them. Phone Favorites makes it easy to speed-dial someone.

Here's how to add people to your Phone Favorites list and how you can access Favorites fast, with only two clicks.

Add Someone To Phone Favorites
Open Contacts on your iPhone. Scroll to find the entry for someone you'd like to make a Phone Favorite and tap it. Then, tap the "Add to Favorites" button. (If there is more than one phone number for the person, choose one.) That's it. That's all it takes to add someone to your Favorites.

Display Phone Favorites
To open Phone Favorites, launch the Phone app and tap Favorites (the star in the lower-left of the screen). Tap someone in the list to call them.

Fast Access To Favorites
You can setup your iPhone so that two clicks of the Home button immediately opens Phone Favorites.

Open Settings, and tap General. Scroll down to the Home setting and tap it. You will see a list of things you can open when the Home button is double-clicked. Tap Phone Favorites. Now, when you double-click the Home button, Phone Favorites will open and you can tap someone to speed-dial them.

Arrange Your Favorites
You can order your favorites list as you like. Open Phone Favorites and tap Edit (in the upper-left corner of the screen). To the right of the person you want to move, press on the icon that looks like three short horizontal lines stacked on top of one another. Drag to move that person in the list, to where you want them to be. Tap Done to save your changes.

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Reader Comments (10)

I have the iPhone 3GS, upgraded to OS 4. I have lost the ability to Quick-Launch my Favorites.

I do not have a Home setting under General Options.

How do I get the quick access back? I use this feature over 40 times a day. I fear that a downgrade back to OS3 will cause other issues, but I'm willing to downgrade for the feature to be returned.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hi Paul, Do you still see the Favorites icon when you open the Phone app?

July 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterWoowooMac Editor

Same problem. Can't set home button to access fav's on os4...bummer

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

i jsut got my iphone 4 with the software version 4.1. i am having a problem with adding favorites to my iphone 4:
when i click on favorites, and reach the contact list, if i scroll down to the name i want and add it to the favorites, there is no problem. but if i use the search bar to find a name, then click on it, i jump back to the home screen. can anyone help me with this?

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermira_ishak

I have same problem with my new iPhone 4. Can't access Favourites List with double click on home as before. Don't wish to voice dial all the time.

November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

My iphone4 does not have a plus sign
At the upper right of the Favorites screen
Nor is there an add to favorites button in
Contacts after I press a contact. How am
I supposed to add contacts to favorites?

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZ

I still prefer to use an app (I use "Speed Dial with Photo") for my speed dialing. I can tuck the icon in the bottom bar of my apps (so it appears on every page) and have a nice array of photos to look at (and they're a bit bigger than the favorites rows, which is good for my fat fingers).

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZelda

Hi, i have Iphone4 and after upgraded i do not have plus button to add the contact to favorites any more.
Can some one help?

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHiren

On my iphone 4 I dont have home setting to tap for
"Open Settings, and tap General. Scroll down to the Home setting and tap it."

August 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarun

Thanks so much for this help!! I'm used to my Crackberry and using numbers as speed dial so this was really throwing me in a tizzy. But I'm on board again.

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

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