How to Make a Contact Group on iPhone (12 Steps)

by Avery Martin Images

The iPhone provides a way to sort your Contacts into Groups, or a list view, that shows all your contacts on the iPhone. The Groups option only appears if you have first created a group on your Mac or Windows computer. On a Mac, you can create groups using Contacts. On Windows, you can use Outlook to create Contact Groups that then appear on the iPhone when synced. Once you have set up groups on your Mac or PC, you can use Mail, Messages and your Phone app to choose individual groups and contacts.

Create Contact Groups on Mac

Step 1

Click "Go," "Applications" and double-click "Contacts" to open your address book.

Step 2

Click "File" and "New Group." Type a name for the group in the Name text field that appears in your address book. Press "Enter."

Step 3

Drag your contacts into the appropriate group to separate them.

Step 4

Connect your iPhone to your computer using the provided USB connector cable. Open iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

Select your iPhone from the list of Devices in iTunes. Click the "Info" tab and make sure "Sync Contacts" is checked. Click "Apply" or "Sync."

Create Contact Groups on Windows

Step 1

Click the Start menu and type "Outlook" in the search box to open Microsoft Office.

Step 2

Select "Contacts" from the Home tab. Click the "New Contact Group" option.

Step 3

Type a name for the Contact Group in the Name text field.

Step 4

Select the "Contact Group" tab, then select "Add Members." Select an option to add contacts "From Outlook Contacts," "From Address Book" or "New Email Contact." If you select New Email Contact, enter the information for the contact. Otherwise, select each member from your Outlook Contacts or Address Book. Click "OK" when finished.

Step 5

Connect your iPhone to your computer with the provided USB connector cable. Click the Start menu and type "iTunes" into the search box if iTunes doesn't open automatically.

Step 6

Select your iPhone from the Devices list in iTunes.

Click the "Info" tab and select the "Sync Contacts" option.


  • Information in this article applies to Windows computers running Outlook 2010, Mac computers running OS X Mountain Lion and iPhones running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • If you are using iCloud to sync your contacts, you don't need to sync your iPhone manually. Any changes you make to your Contacts appear automatically on your iPhone.


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About the Author

Avery Martin holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies. As a professional writer, she has written for, Samsung and IBM. Martin contributed English translations for a collection of Japanese poems by Misuzu Kaneko. She has worked as an educator in Japan, and she runs a private voice studio out of her home. She writes about education, music and travel.

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