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How to Hide Contacts on iPhone

And how to find them when you need them

what you need to know

  • Anger iCloud.com > contacts > New group > Add specific contact names.
  • On the iPhone, open contacts > groups > hide all contacts.
  • Using nicknames in the Contacts app: Settings > contacts > 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 a default feature to hide a specific contact or all of your contacts. However, there are workarounds that you can use.

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 groups of contacts in macOS or iCloud. You can then choose to hide all your contacts or show a selected group.

The steps are illustrated in iCloud.

Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password.

To select contacts.

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

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

Assign a name to the new group.

Newly created group of contacts in the Contacts app on iCloud.com.

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

  • Drag and drop the names from the contacts column to the group.
  • Select non-contiguous contacts together by pressing the key CONTROL key on Windows (Organized key on macOS)
  • Select several contiguous contacts with the Change wrench.

Open the Phone app and select contacts.

To select groups.

To select hide all contacts at the bottom of the screen.

Steps to hide all contacts in Contacts app on iPhone.

Return to basic contacts screen and you will see that all contacts are now hidden.

To show all your contacts again, go back to Groups. To select show all contacts to retrieve your entire contact list or just the specific group.

Steps to view all contacts in Contacts app on iPhone.

Spot:

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 the real names of contacts

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 the settings. Nicknames aren’t foolproof, but they can help you camouflage specific contact names from your call screen or contact list.

About him contacts list, select the name you want to give a nickname.

To select Modify.

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

Scroll down and tap add the field.

To select Nickname of the list. This is added as an additional field on the contact information screen.

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

Steps to add the nickname field (and where to use it) in the Contacts app on an iPhone.

For iOS to use it, go to Settings > contacts > short name and activate prefer nicknames.

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

Notice:

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

Disable Spotlight search settings

Someone can show specific contacts with a Spotlight search. Spotlight can show contacts even when the screen is locked, unless you disable the Spotlight search setting.

Anger Settings > siri and search.

To select contacts scrolling down the list of apps.

Disable each setting in during the search Y Suggestions.

Steps to remove Siri contact recognition on iPhone.

How can I find hidden contacts on my iPhone?

You may have hidden some contacts in a group and forgotten about them. To discover them, go back to groups. To select show all contacts to retrieve your entire contact list.

How to hide a contact in iMessage?

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

Hide message alerts

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

Open the publications application.

Select the specific contact using iMessage.

Tap the Profile icon.

Change the switch to hide alerts to Enabled.

Steps to hide contact alerts in Contacts app on iPhone.

Use message filtering

You can also hide a contact by removing their number from your contacts. iOS then filters messages from unknown senders into a separate list. It also disables iMessage notifications from senders who aren’t in your contacts. Then use the unknown senders ready to view your messages.

Delete the specific contact.

Anger Settings > publications > message filtering > Filter unknown senders.

Activate the toggle switch.

Steps to filter unknown senders in iOS Messages settings.

Notice:

The above steps can protect your privacy from prying eyes, but they can be easily bypassed by a smart user. Combine the above methods with lock screen privacy settings for iOS to hide your contacts.

frequent questions

  • How to delete multiple contacts on iPhone?

    iOS doesn’t have a quick way to delete multiple contacts at once. However, you can do this on a Mac. Or open the contacts app, or go to iCloud and select contacts. In the list, click the contacts you want to delete while holding down Organizedand you can select multiples. then press Erase on your keyboard to remove them all at once. Since your Contacts app is synced across all the devices you’re signed in to with your Apple ID, any changes you make will 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 move them is sign in on the new device. Alternatively, you can set up or restore your new iPhone from a backup of your old one.

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