Smartphone 101 – Prerequisite #1: Setting up Your Address Book

iCloud – These instructions will help you
a) Create a contact record for yourself.

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1. Open your web browser and navigate to iCloud.
2. Log in with your user ID and password
3. Click the Contacts icon. The main Contacts app screen will appear.

4. Near the bottom of the screen, in the left hand corner click the plus sign. Choose New Contact from the popup menu that appears.

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5. Fill out the form with all of YOUR information. Be as complete as possible. While you won’t likely call or email yourself, you know all of your information and filling in a Home and Work street address, phone numbers and email addresses will allow you to see all of the available fields.  Generally speaking, the more information in your contact records, the more use you’ll get from them.  For example, you can’t send email to one of your friends without an email address.  You can’t call them without a phone number, etc.

iCloud Contacts automatically gives you an additional field for another number, address, email, etc. If you don’t use it, it won’t save it to the contact record. If you need a third, it will appear when you start typing data into the second field.
6. When you have all of your information entered, click the Done button in the bottom right corner of the form.
7. Repeat the process with as many other people you need to create contact records for

This was an important prerequisite step to making phone calls on your smartphone. While it seems silly (I mean, you could just tap the phone icon, get to the dialer and dial numbers…), the idea is to set this up so that you can have communications setup with all of your important contacts as well as insuring that Caller ID works correctly with your phone (Caller ID gets its ID information from your address book). In the end it may take a bit longer to set things up this way, but you’re going to get the long term results you want.

Did I miss something? Is there something else that I should have covered in this prerequisite step? Why don’t you meet me in the comments section and let me know.

Come back tomorrow. I’ll have a quick how-to on how to setup a sync relationship between your email system and your phone so that the information you put here, shows up on your device.

 

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