Contacts is the iPad’s address book app. You can populate the Contacts app with contacts from your Mac Address Book as well as Google, Yahoo, MobileMe, or Microsoft Exchange accounts. It’s also possible to set up Contacts to sync with an LDAP or CardDav account.
iPad Getting Started – Work With Contacts
The Contacts app looks the same in portrait and landscape modes. On the left side of the screen is a list of contact names and a tab for each letter in the alphabet. Tap a letter to go to those contacts. To add a contact, tap the plus-sign (+) button. The resulting screen has fields for all major contact information. You can even choose an image from your photo library for each entry and add custom fields. Tap the Done button after you have entered all the information for a contact. To edit a contact at any time, tap the Edit button.
Under each contact are two buttons: FaceTime and Add To Favorites. Tapping FaceTime starts a FaceTime call, while Add To Favorites adds that contact to the Favorites list in the FaceTime app. Various other elements in a contact are also interactive. Tap an e-mail address to start an e-mail to that person in the Mail app; tap an address to bring it up in the Maps app; and tap a URL to go to that page in Safari.
iPad Getting Started – Sync Contacts
There are multiple ways to get existing contacts onto your iPad. You can sync e-mail accounts and contact information over the air through Apple’s MobileMe or Microsoft’s ActiveSync technologies. Go to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars section of your iPad’s Settings app. Tap Add Account and select Microsoft Exchange or MobileMe. Enter your account’s login information. To add an LDAP or CardDav account, select Other and select the type of account you would like to add in the Contacts section. Enter your account information and tap Next.
iPad Getting Started – Contacts is a hub for all the names, phone numbers, addresses, and personal details you can use throughout your iPad apps.
To add your Mac Address Book, or your Google or Yahoo address book accounts, you will have to sync them from your computer using iTunes. In iTunes, go to the Info section and scroll down to Sync Address Book Contacts. You can add all contacts from the Address Book app on your computer, or choose specific groups to sync.
iPad Getting Started – You can also opt to sync your Yahoo or Google contacts with the iPad; each service requires your login information.
iPad Getting Started – Connect Duplicate Contacts
If you have synced your iPad with multiple contacts accounts, you will invariably end up with duplicate entries. To connect the two contacts on your iPad, select Edit, then tap the silhouette icon (looks like a person’s head with a plus sign). Select the duplicate contact, and then select Link. Now your two contacts will appear as one on the iPad, and any changes made on the iPad will also be made to the individual contact files and synced back to both originating accounts.
iPad Getting Started – Search Contacts
To search for a specific contact, tap the Search bar in the upper left corner of the Contacts app screen or use the iPad’s Spotlight search.
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