The complete guide to the ASUS Contacts app
There are a lot of people in your life to keep in touch with, and the ASUS Contacts app helps you do that on the ZenFone 3. With it, important information like e-mail addresses, phone numbers, street addresses, and personal notes are all kept within reach.
The icon for Contacts lives in the ASUS folder, if you’re having trouble finding it. Just tap it to get started. The first screen provides a full list on the left side of all of your contacts. Most of these will have already been imported alongside your Google account during setup. The bar of letters along the right side of the screen will let you jump to listings based on first name. Just tap or drag with your finger to navigate. You can also tap the search bar at the top to type in a name, or tap the microphone icon to speak it.
Tap on an individual contact to see detailed information in a new window, or tap their portrait to see shortcuts in a small pop-up. Above the contacts list is the ability to filter based on source. Just tap “Contacts to display” and tap which contacts to see. Again, Google will likely be the default source, but apps like Twitter and Skype can help populate your Contacts too. If they aren’t showing up, you may need to enable contacts sync on your Google account. Here’s how.
- Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification tray and tap the gear in the top-right to launch into Settings.
- Tap Accounts under the Personal subheading.
- Tap Google, then tap the account name under Accounts.
- Check the box next to Contacts if it isn’t already checked.
All relevant information for a contact should be visible after tapping them. In just about every case, tapping that information will launch into the related app. For example, tapping the e-mail address will start a new email to that contact, tapping the address will pull it up in Google Maps, and so on. You may notice a button at the bottom that says “Add to My Contacts”. This will show up on contacts that you’ve sent an e-mail to or are following on Google+, but haven’t saved to your primary Google account. Tap the button to add them to your more permanent address book.
At the top of each contact will be their profile picture and a banner image, both of which you can change by tapping them. The icon in the bottom-right of the banner image will show the source of the contact. That icon can also show up in the contact list by tapping the menu button in the top-right (three dots) and tapping Settings, then Contact Settings. Tapping the star button in the top-right of a contact’s banner image will mark them as a favorite for easy access later. To edit a contact’s information, tap the pencil icon in the top-right. Tapping the plus sign icon from the main contacts view will start a new blank contact.
The screen for editing or creating a contact is generally self-explanatory. Fields for full name, company, title, prefixes, and suffixes are at the top. Phone numbers can be entered next, which can be designated as mobile, home or work by tapping the box next to the text field. E-mail addresses are available below that. Tap Add new for multiple addresses when editing a contact, and tap the label next to the text box to designate the address as work, personal, or other. Physical addresses can be included next, with the same designations available for phone and e-mail. Website fields afford room for links relevant to the contact. The Internet call field lets you drop information such as Skype usernames for quick and easy calls. Events such as birthdays and anniversaries can be put into the next field.
In the final field, a contact can be added to a group. By default, this will include any Google+ circles you’ve created, but you can also make new ones specific to your contacts list right there. Just tap “Group name” and check off which groups to include the contact in, or create a new one. This will make sending out batch e-mails and managing multiple contacts at once much easier. Additional fields can be inserted by tapping the last button on the Edit contact screen, such as nickname, your relationship with them, free-form notes, instant messaging profiles, and more.
Going back to the main contacts screen, there are a few buttons along the top worth checking out. The first icon in the top-left is the dialpad, as Contacts are actually bundled in with the native phone app. Read more about how to use the ASUS Phone section here. The star icon will show only your favorite contacts, as previously marked. The three heads will provide a group view of contacts. While here, the menu icon in the top-right will let you send an e-mail blast out to entire groups easily. There’s also an option to shuffle and hide which of these tabs show up. Finally there are VIPs, which will trigger notification sounds even if the ZenFone’s volume profile is muted. In any of these tabs, the plus icon in the top-right will let you add more members to the group.
Don’t forget that there are a bunch of home screen widgets available so you can quickly access your favorite contacts. These can be small widgets that only take up one square on the screen, to larger collections of multiple contacts. It’s possible to launch directly into a text message or phone call with many of these shortcuts, too. Just swipe upwards from the home screen, tap Widgets, and drag and drop the widget on the preferred home screen.
Get in touch
Now that all of your contacts are set up, try using it to drop a line to friends and family. The ZenFone is way more than just an address book, though. Head over to ZenFone.ASUS.com to find out more.