How to Add Prefixes, Suffixes, Middle Names, Etc, to iPhone Contacts

Adding Prefixes Suffixes to iPhone Contact

You can add prefixes (Dr, Mr, Mrs, Ms), suffixes (Jr, III), middle names, and other information to any iPhone contact. To do this, there’s a special option called Add Field. The option can be hard to find though. Here are instructions on how to find it and how to add prefixes, etc, to contacts:

1. Open the Contacts or Phone app:

Open Contacts or Phone

2. Select a contact from the list by tapping his or her name once.

3. Tap Edit in the top right corner:

Edit iPhone Contact

4. Scroll down through the tabs and select Add Field (it won’t be immediately visible. Scroll down by swiping upward):

Add Field to iPhone Contacts

5. You’ll see a list of fields. Tap any of the fields to add that type of information to your contact:

Add Field to iPhone Contacts

6. Enter text into the field and tap Save:

Adding a Prefix to iPhone Contact’s Name

7. If you want to add more information, repeat steps 4-6. Otherwise, tap Done to finish:

Finish Editing iPhone Contact Prefix

And that’s it. Check out all our posts on iPhone Tips and iPhone Basics.


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9 Responses

  1. Marcus says:

    Thanks for the article… its all good and I discovered this a while ago myself, but what frustrates me is that if a contact has more than one/two mobile numbers your buggered and can seemingly only use One Mobile field on the iPhone. Any advice????

  2. Adrian Lucas says:

    When you add a mobile number, the contacts app gives you an extra line for an iPhone number. If you tap where is says ‘iPhone” then it gives you a list one of which is “mobile”. tap this and then you can enter another mobile number. I don’t know if there is a limit but it certainly works for 3. I’m on iOS 4.1 so I can’t check if this is a recent feature but I think it was there in V3.
    In a similar way you can add more than one home number, work number and fax and pager numbers etc. etc.

  3. Matt says:

    is there a way to add these fields to ALL of your contacts at once (as opposed to doing them each individulally?

  4. John says:

    Is there a way to get the iphone NOT to show prefixes, suffixes, etc. I would love to see just the name. I like the pre- and suffixes in my Outlook file, however.

  5. Alan says:

    Hmm, have you tried manually deleting them on the iPhone? Just be careful, as I’ve never synced the iPhone with Outlook contacts, so I don’t know if deleting the prefixes, etc, will transfer the deletion over to Outlook.

  6. John says:

    Thanks, Alan, but that deletes it from the Outlook file when you sync.

  7. Bob says:

    I would like to know how to add customized label in the ” add field ” apart from the predefined ones.
    In brief i want to define it myself like “University Name, Specialization,” etc instead of predefined “Prefix, Suffix,” etc

    Than You in advance

  8. Shahrukh says:

    Hi,I m using IPhone5 and the problem is I can’t find a way to add Iphone instead of mobile or work etc in adding a contact what should I do?????

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