How to Add Multiple Phone Numbers to a Contact on an iPhone

by Tim Hesse
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There are quite a few different ways to add multiple phone numbers to a contact on an iPhone. Three methods to know for everyday usage include adding phone numbers to existing contacts from the keypad, from the Contacts app and from a vCard, should someone send one to you via MMS.

Adding From the Keypad

Step 1

Launch the Phone app and press "Keypad."

Step 2

Type in the number you'd like to add then press the "Add Contact" icon located toward the lower-left of the screen, denoted by a bust with a plus sign.

Choose "Add to Existing Contact," then select the contact from the list that appears. The Contacts app will display the name you chose with the number loaded into a form field below it. Tap on the number type field and select "mobile," "home," "work," "home fax," "work fax," "pager," "assistant," "car," "company main" or "radio" from the list. Your choice will populate in the form field. Tap on "save" to commit changes and return to the keypad.

Adding From the Contacts App

Step 1

Launch the Phone app and tap on "Contacts."

Step 2

Look through the list and tap on the contact to which you'd like to add an additional number.

Step 3

Tap on the "Edit" button in the top right hand corner of the screen. Tap on "add new phone," then use the keypad to type the number in the form field that appears. Tap on the field for number type and select the appropriate type from the list that appears. This will bring you back to the previous screen with the phone number and the phone number type populated into the form fields.

Tap on the "Save" button. This will bring you back to the main info screen for this contact. Tap on the "Done" button to commit changes to your "Contacts" database.

Adding From a vCard Received via MMS

Step 1

Launch the "Messages" app and tap on the MMS containing the vCard. The iPhone will display an info page with the contents of the vCard.

Step 2

Tap "Add to Existing Contact" on the vCard's info page.

Scroll through the list that appears and tap on the name of the contact to which you'd like to add the phone number(s) in the vCard. The iPhone will merge the information in the vCard with the existing contact in your database, then bring you back to the info page for the vCard. Press the "Home" button and launch your contacts to verify your changes.


  • To add a number from "Recents," tap on the blue arrow next to the number you'd like to save, then follow the procedure outlined in Step 3 of the "Adding From the Keypad" section of this article.
  • You can also add additional phone numbers by entering them into your address book in iTunes, then connecting your iPhone with "Sync Address Book Contacts" enabled in your iTunes preferences.


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About the Author

Tim Hesse has been writing professionally since 2000. He has written and edited for a variety of print and online publications, including Tech Tips, FOXSports and Automated Homefinder. Hesse enjoys covering music, film, the open-source movement, education and the arts. He studied cinema and television production at the University of Southern California.

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