A whole host of apps on the Google Play market and Apple's App Store can help you turn a disorderly mess of contacts into a cleanly sorted address book. With the right app, you can spend less time looking for your contacts and more time actually connecting with them. Here are our top picks for the best contact managers on Android and iOS.
Sync.ME (Android, iOS) tries to keep your contacts management a simple task, pulling contact information from your Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn or VKontakte accounts to keep your contacts automatically updated with the latest profile photos and other related contact details. In addition to contacts syncing and full photo caller ID, Sync.ME also includes extras such as photo sharing and birthday reminders, complete with a digital gift card generator that you can use to send greetings to your contacts.
Cloze (Android, iOS) tries to build an all-in-one contacts, social network and email command center, and does a pretty neat job with it. It syncs details about your contacts from your social networks and email so that your information and profiles are always up to date. The app also functions as a one-stop social networking command center, allowing you to tweet, update your status, like or share links, and more. Additionally, Cloze uses your interactions and messages to identify "Key People" and automatically surfaces tweets, status messages and other related updates from them.
Contacts+ (Android) is an address book replacement that helps organize your contacts and integrates with your social media accounts and communications. The app automatically imports information from linked social networks such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn contacts. Cover pictures can automatically be filled in from Facebook or Google+, and you can also view your recent communications from each contact, as well as their social media posts.
Addappt (Android, iOS) takes the hassle out of keeping your contact details updated. It functions like just about every other contacts manager for keeping track of most of your phone book, but if your contacts use Addappt, then the app automatically shares any changes to your profile to all such contacts, and vice versa. The app comes with group messaging support, one-tap messaging for a variety of preset texts, smartwatch support and other great extras.
Ready Contacts is an Android contacts and dialer app replacement that takes advantage of Android's pop-up app bubbles to provide a wealth of information and actions when interacting with your contacts during and after your calls. On the contact management end, Ready Contacts sports a clean Material Design interface and a speed dial view for quickly getting to your frequent contacts. Once you receive a call, Ready Contacts brings up a Call Bubble showing your most recent interactions such as messages or mail as a quick reminder. When you're done, the Call Bubble then displays a variety of customizable app shortcuts so you can immediately bring up your calendar, send out an email or text message or perform any of a number of related actions.
Rather than create its own complex system of managing contacts, PureContact (Android, iOS) is all about making sure that a small number of select contacts are always at your fingertips, any of whom you can easily call, text, or mail using the app's quick gesture shortcuts. From within the app, you can place your contacts into a clean grid layout that functions like a speed dial pad for your favorite contacts. You can then define custom gestures to launch quick actions, such as sending an SMS message, launching a call, sending an email or launching WhatsApp.
Another socially integrated address book app, CircleBack (iOS) insures that your contacts are always up to date by monitoring social networks for any changes in job title, roles and more. Like other integrated address book apps, CircleBack attempts to merge duplicate contacts to streamline your address book. CircleBack can connect with your Google, Facebook, Exchange and LinkedIn accounts to help manage your address book. The app syncs your contacts across multiple devices and platforms.