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Keep Your Favorite Contacts Front and Center with the New Contacts Widget

When Apple launched iOS 14 with widgets, it made the iPhone much more useful. In iOS and iPadOS 15, Apple’s offering new widgets, one of which is the Contacts Widget.

The Contacts widget lets you bring your most important contacts front and center on your Home screen. It makes it easy to call, message, or look up vital information about the most important people in your life.

How To Add the Contacts Widget to Your Home Screen

  • Push and hold on the Home screen until your apps start to jiggle
  • Tap the + button in the upper left corner of the screen
  • Tap Contacts

Like all other widgets, you have three different options from which to choose. The smallest will only show you one contact, the medium widget displays four, and the largest offers six at a time.

  • Choose between the widgets
  • Tap Add Widget

How to Edit the Contacts Widget

Now that we have the Contacts widget on our Home screen, you can change the order of the contacts or even change which contacts are displayed.

To reorder Contacts

  • Push and hold on the Contacts widget
  • Choose edit widget
  • Grab the three lines to the right and drag them in the order you want your contacts

Now the Contacts are in the order you want to be displayed.

How To Change the Contacts Displayed

  • Push and hold on the Contacts widget
  • Choose edit widget
  • Tap the name of the contact you want to switch
  • Now choose the Contact you wish to add to the widget


As you can see I removed Abby and, added Apple. In addition, you have the option to change the contacts at any time by following the steps above.

Contact Widget View Options

  • Tap on the Contact
  • You’ll see options to message, call, video chat, or email
  • You’ll also see their last message to you, shared links, photos from the messages app, and more.

Moving the Widget on Your Home Screen

You can simply push and hold the widget until it starts to jiggle, then drag the widget to a blank space on your Home screen. You can even pull it across several home screens if you choose.


iOS and iPadOS 15 have brought many new changes to our iPhones and iPads. The new Contacts widget is one of the most useful. Learning how to make a widget on your Home screen is easy, and adding your favorite contacts takes widgets to a new level of usefulness.

If you have any questions or comments about setting this up, let me know in the comments section.

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