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Add An Android Contact Shortcut

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Android, Smartphones

Is there someone you call or text a lot? For me, 95% of my calls or texts are to my husband. Did you know that your Android phone has a super-quick and easy way to message or call that person with just one tap?  Even quicker than opening up your contacts, text, or phone app?

Let’s take a look at how it works. First, press and hold your home screen until it shrinks down and you see the screen below.


Then tap Widgets at the bottom.


Your Widgets drawer will open up.


Swipe until you get to the Contacts Widget.


Press the arrow to the right of the screen to see your options.


Here, you’ll have 3 options.


Selecting Contact 1×1 will add a shortcut to a contact card to your home screen.


Press down and hold Contact 1 x1 and then drag it to where you want it on your home screen.


Just type in the name of your contact and select it from the list.


That contact will now be displayed on your home screen. Tap it to open the person’s contact card.


Then pick the number you wish to call.


Choose Direct Dial 1×1 and you’ll be able to pick one number to make instant one-tap calls to. Follow the same procedure used to add the Contact 1×1. Tap the shortcut and you’ll instantly call that person.


Choose Direct Message 1 x 1 and you’ll be able to open up a text to your chosen contact with one tap.


~ Cynthia


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