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How to Hide Contacts on iPhone

And how to find them when you need them

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  • to go iCloud.com > People > New group > Add specific contact names.
  • on iPhone, open People > Groups > Hide all contacts.
  • Use aliases in the Contacts app: Settings > People > short name and activate Prefer nicknames.

This article shows you how to hide contacts on your iPhone and get a sense of privacy.

How to Hide Contacts on Your iPhone

iOS does not have the default one-click feature to hide a specific contact or all of your contacts. Nevertheless, there are workarounds that you can apply.

The methods to hide contacts on your iPhone depend on how private you want them to be. Here are three approaches.

Use iCloud to create contact groups

You can create contact groups in macOS or iCloud. Then you can choose to hide all your contacts or show a selected group.

The steps are displayed in iCloud.

Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password.

Choose People.

Select the “plus” icon on the left sidebar and New group.

New Group button highlighted in Contacts app on iCloud.com.

Give the new group a name.

A newly created contact group in the Contacts app on iCloud.com.

You can now add a name to this contact group in three ways. This step copies contacts from the All Contacts group to your specified group:

  • Drag and drop names from the People column to the group.
  • Select non-adjacent contacts together by pressing the button. CTRL key in Windows (ordered key on macOS)
  • Select multiple adjacent contacts with . Change key.

Open the phone app and People.

Choose Groups.

Choose Hide all contacts at the bottom of the screen.

Here are the steps to hide all contacts in the Contacts app on an iPhone.

Back to the homepage People screen and you will see that all contacts are now hidden.

Go back to Groups to show all contacts again. Choose Show all contacts to bring back your entire contact list or just a specific group.

Here are the steps to view all contacts in the Contacts app on an iPhone.

Fly:

Contact groups can be of any size. You can create a group and hide all of your contacts, or you can create a larger group of important contacts while hiding the rest.

Use nicknames to hide people’s real names

You can hide any name by using a nickname in the first and last name fields in the contact app. But iOS also supports short names or nicknames from settings. Nicknames aren’t perfect, but they can help you camouflage specific contact names from the search screen or contact list.

Finished People Select the name you want to nickname from the list.

Choose Arrange.

Steps to edit a contact in the Contacts app on an iPhone.

Scroll down and tap add the field.

Choose Nickname from the list. This is added as an additional area to the contact information display.

Enter any nickname. When the person calls, this name flashes on the screen instead of the real name.

Here are the steps for adding the nickname field (and where to use it) in the Contacts app on an iPhone.

For iOS to use it, go to: Settings > People > short name and activate Prefer nicknames.

Steps to use aliases in the Contacts app on an iPhone.

To note:

In iOS 15, a bug may prevent displaying the nickname when a call comes in. But aliases work with Spotlight Search and iMessage.

Disable Spotlight search settings

One can retrieve specific contacts with Spotlight search. Spotlight can show contacts even when the screen is locked, unless you disable Spotlight search settings.

to go Settings > Siri and Search.

Choose People by going to the list of applications.

Disable all settings below. During the search and Hints.

Steps to remove contact recognition from Siri on an iPhone.

How can I find hidden contacts on my iPhone?

You may have hidden and forgotten some contacts in a group. To reveal them, go back Groups. Choose Show all contacts contest to bring back your contact list.

How to hide a contact in iMessage

Again, there is no default method to completely hide contacts in iMessage. But both of these methods can give you a sense of privacy.

Hide message alerts

The safest way to hide a contact on iMessage is to delete the conversation or use a private messaging app. But you can have partial privacy by hiding the email alerts.

Hunger posts application.

Select the specific contact using iMessage.

Tap the profile icon.

change the key to Hide Alerts to Enabled.

Here are the steps to hide contact alerts in the Contacts app on an iPhone.

Use message filtering

You can also hide a contact by deleting their number from contacts. iOS then filters messages from unknown senders into a separate list. It also disables iMessage notifications from senders who are not in your contacts. Following, Unknown senders list to view messages.

Delete the specific contact.

to go Settings > posts > Message filtering > Filter unknown senders.

Activate the toggle switch.

Steps to filter unknown senders in Messages settings on iOS.

To note:

The steps above can protect your privacy from prying eyes, but a savvy user can easily bypass them. Combine the above methods with lock screen privacy settings for iOS to hide your contacts.

FAQs

  • How to delete multiple contacts on iPhone?

    iOS doesn’t have a quick way to delete multiple contacts at once. But you can do it on a Mac. be open People Go to the app or go to iCloud and People. In the list, click and hold the contacts you want to delete. orderedand you can choose the floors. Then press To delete on your keyboard to delete them all at once. Your Contacts app syncs across all devices you’re signed in to with your Apple ID, so any changes you make carry over to your phone.

  • How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone?

    Your contacts travel with your Apple ID, so all you have to do to migrate them is sign in to the new device. Alternatively, you can set up or restore your new iPhone from a backup of the old one.


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How to Hide Contacts on iPhone

And how to find them when you need them

What to Know
Go to iCloud.com > Contacts > New Group > Add specific contact names.
On the iPhone, open Contacts > Groups > Hide All Contacts.
Use nicknames in contacts app: Settings > Contacts > Short Name and enable Prefer Nicknames.

This article shows you how to hide contacts on your iPhone and get a sense of privacy.

How Do You Hide Contacts on Your iPhone

iOS doesn’t have a default one-touch feature to hide a specific contact or all your contacts. Though, there are some workarounds you can employ.

The methods to hide contacts on your iPhone depend on how private you want them to be. Here are three approaches.

Use iCloud to Create Contact Groups

You can create contact groups on macOS or iCloud. Then, you can opt to hide all your contacts or display a selected group.

The steps are illustrated on iCloud.

Log into iCloud with your Apple ID and password.

Select Contacts.

Select the “plus” icon on the left sidebar and choose New Group.

Give the new Group a name.

You can now add names to this contact group in three ways. This step copies the contacts from the All Contacts group to your designated group:

Drag and drop names from the contacts column to the group.
Select non-contiguous contacts together by pressing the Ctrl key on Windows (Command key on macOS)
Select multiple contiguous contacts with the Shift key.

Open the Phone app and select Contacts.

Select Groups.

Select Hide All Contacts at the foot of the screen.

Go back to the main Contacts screen and you will see that all contacts are now hidden.

To reveal all contacts again, return to Groups. Select Show All Contacts to bring back your complete contact list or the specific Group only.

Tip:
Contact Groups can be of any size. You can create a group of one and hide all your contacts or create a larger group of key contacts while hiding the rest.
Use Nicknames to Hide Real Contact Names

You can hide any name by using a nickname in the Contact app’s first and last name fields. But iOS also supports Short Names or Nicknames from Settings. Nicknames aren’t foolproof, but they can help you camouflage specific contact names from the call screen or the Contacts list. 

On the Contacts list, select the name you want to give a nickname to.

Select Edit.

Scroll down and tap add field.

Select Nickname from the list. This is added as an extra field on the contact’s information screen.

Enter any nickname. This name will flash on the screen when the person calls instead of their real name.

To get iOS to use it, go to Settings > Contacts > Short Name and enable Prefer Nicknames.

Note:
In iOS 15, a bug may prevent the display of the nickname when a call comes in. But nicknames work with Spotlight Search and iMessage.
Turn Off Spotlight Search Settings

Someone can bring up specific contacts with a Spotlight search. Spotlight can display contacts even when the screen is locked unless you disable the Spotlight Search settings.

Go to Settings > Siri & Search.

Select Contacts by going down the list of apps.

Turn off each setting under While Searching and Suggestions.

How Do I Find Hidden Contacts on My iPhone?

You may have hidden some contacts in a Group and forgotten about them. To uncover them, return to Groups. Select Show All Contacts to bring back your compete contact list.

How Do You Hide a Contact on iMessage?

Again, there are no default methods to completely hide contacts on iMessage. But these two methods can give you a sense of privacy.

Hide Message Alerts

The most secure way to hide a contact on iMessage is to delete the conversation or use a private messaging app. But you can have partial privacy by hiding messaging alerts.

Open the Messages app.

Select the specific contact who uses iMessage.

Tap on the Profile icon.

Toggle the switch for Hide Alerts to On.

Use Message Filtering

You can also hide a contact by deleting their number from Contacts. iOS then filters messages from unknown senders into a separate list. It also turns off iMessage notifications from senders who aren’t in your contacts. Then, use the Unknown Senders list to view their messages.

Delete the specific contact.

Go to Settings > Messages > Message Filtering > Filter Unknown Senders.

Enable the toggle switch.

Note:
The above steps can protect your privacy from prying eyes, but a knowledgeable user can easily bypass them. Combine the above methods with lock screen privacy settings for iOS to hide your contacts.
FAQ

How do I delete multiple contacts on iPhone?
iOS doesn’t have a fast way to remove multiple contacts at once. You can, however, do so on a Mac. Either open the Contacts app, or go to iCloud and select Contacts. From the list, click the contacts you want to delete while holding Command, and you can select multiples. Then, press Delete on your keyboard to remove them all at once. Because your Contacts app syncs across all devices you’re signed in on with your Apple ID, the changes you make will transfer to your phone.

How do I transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone?
Your contacts travel with your Apple ID, so all you need to do to move them over is to sign in on the new device. Alternatively, you can set up or restore your new iPhone from a backup of the old one.

#Hide #Contacts #iPhone

How to Hide Contacts on iPhone

And how to find them when you need them

What to Know
Go to iCloud.com > Contacts > New Group > Add specific contact names.
On the iPhone, open Contacts > Groups > Hide All Contacts.
Use nicknames in contacts app: Settings > Contacts > Short Name and enable Prefer Nicknames.

This article shows you how to hide contacts on your iPhone and get a sense of privacy.

How Do You Hide Contacts on Your iPhone

iOS doesn’t have a default one-touch feature to hide a specific contact or all your contacts. Though, there are some workarounds you can employ.

The methods to hide contacts on your iPhone depend on how private you want them to be. Here are three approaches.

Use iCloud to Create Contact Groups

You can create contact groups on macOS or iCloud. Then, you can opt to hide all your contacts or display a selected group.

The steps are illustrated on iCloud.

Log into iCloud with your Apple ID and password.

Select Contacts.

Select the “plus” icon on the left sidebar and choose New Group.

Give the new Group a name.

You can now add names to this contact group in three ways. This step copies the contacts from the All Contacts group to your designated group:

Drag and drop names from the contacts column to the group.
Select non-contiguous contacts together by pressing the Ctrl key on Windows (Command key on macOS)
Select multiple contiguous contacts with the Shift key.

Open the Phone app and select Contacts.

Select Groups.

Select Hide All Contacts at the foot of the screen.

Go back to the main Contacts screen and you will see that all contacts are now hidden.

To reveal all contacts again, return to Groups. Select Show All Contacts to bring back your complete contact list or the specific Group only.

Tip:
Contact Groups can be of any size. You can create a group of one and hide all your contacts or create a larger group of key contacts while hiding the rest.
Use Nicknames to Hide Real Contact Names

You can hide any name by using a nickname in the Contact app’s first and last name fields. But iOS also supports Short Names or Nicknames from Settings. Nicknames aren’t foolproof, but they can help you camouflage specific contact names from the call screen or the Contacts list. 

On the Contacts list, select the name you want to give a nickname to.

Select Edit.

Scroll down and tap add field.

Select Nickname from the list. This is added as an extra field on the contact’s information screen.

Enter any nickname. This name will flash on the screen when the person calls instead of their real name.

To get iOS to use it, go to Settings > Contacts > Short Name and enable Prefer Nicknames.

Note:
In iOS 15, a bug may prevent the display of the nickname when a call comes in. But nicknames work with Spotlight Search and iMessage.
Turn Off Spotlight Search Settings

Someone can bring up specific contacts with a Spotlight search. Spotlight can display contacts even when the screen is locked unless you disable the Spotlight Search settings.

Go to Settings > Siri & Search.

Select Contacts by going down the list of apps.

Turn off each setting under While Searching and Suggestions.

How Do I Find Hidden Contacts on My iPhone?

You may have hidden some contacts in a Group and forgotten about them. To uncover them, return to Groups. Select Show All Contacts to bring back your compete contact list.

How Do You Hide a Contact on iMessage?

Again, there are no default methods to completely hide contacts on iMessage. But these two methods can give you a sense of privacy.

Hide Message Alerts

The most secure way to hide a contact on iMessage is to delete the conversation or use a private messaging app. But you can have partial privacy by hiding messaging alerts.

Open the Messages app.

Select the specific contact who uses iMessage.

Tap on the Profile icon.

Toggle the switch for Hide Alerts to On.

Use Message Filtering

You can also hide a contact by deleting their number from Contacts. iOS then filters messages from unknown senders into a separate list. It also turns off iMessage notifications from senders who aren’t in your contacts. Then, use the Unknown Senders list to view their messages.

Delete the specific contact.

Go to Settings > Messages > Message Filtering > Filter Unknown Senders.

Enable the toggle switch.

Note:
The above steps can protect your privacy from prying eyes, but a knowledgeable user can easily bypass them. Combine the above methods with lock screen privacy settings for iOS to hide your contacts.
FAQ

How do I delete multiple contacts on iPhone?
iOS doesn’t have a fast way to remove multiple contacts at once. You can, however, do so on a Mac. Either open the Contacts app, or go to iCloud and select Contacts. From the list, click the contacts you want to delete while holding Command, and you can select multiples. Then, press Delete on your keyboard to remove them all at once. Because your Contacts app syncs across all devices you’re signed in on with your Apple ID, the changes you make will transfer to your phone.

How do I transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone?
Your contacts travel with your Apple ID, so all you need to do to move them over is to sign in on the new device. Alternatively, you can set up or restore your new iPhone from a backup of the old one.

#Hide #Contacts #iPhone


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