Adding contact information to your phone can be a tedious task, especially with devices like the iPhone, which allow you to add a whole lot more than just a name and a phone number. But there is one quick and easy way to add missing information to your address book without even touching your device’s virtual keyboard: Syncing your contacts with Facebook.
If you’re a Facebook user — and who isn’t these days? — and you have the official Facebook app installed on your device, you can add birthdays, URLs, and even photos to your address book in just a few taps.
To sync your contacts with Facebook, open up the official Facebook app and tap the button in the top left-hand corner to show the navigation pane. Then select the ‘Friends’ tab.
Now tap the options button in the top right-hand corner and select ‘Sync Contacts’, then toggle the ‘Syncing’ option on.
You will be presented with a notice that tells you how Facebook uses your contact information. If you’re happy with this — and you’ll need to be to get syncing — tap the ‘Sync Contacts’ button and the process will begin.
To ensure that photos from Facebook are added to all of your contacts, make sure you also have the ‘Replace photos’ option toggled on.
Bonus Tip: After syncing, you’ll find a ‘home page’ field has been added to each of your contacts with a link to their Facebook profile. You can tap on this to be quickly taken to the Facebook app, and to that user’s profile.