A whole host of apps on Google Play and the iOS 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. (Image Credit: Shutterstock)
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. 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.
Covve (Android, iOS) promises to supercharge your address book using proprietary search tech to fill out each of your contact's data fields such as country, company, and more. It also checks for changes, automatically keeping your contacts up to date. In addition to the autocomplete and contact update features, you can tag and organize your contact groups, get contact reminders, annotate communications, and more. Covve is a dense, feature-rich experience even in its free tier; premium subscriptions unlock more features such as expanded web views and contact analytics.
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.
If you find syncing contacts between our iPhone and Gmail to be a pain, check out Synctastic, which is designed for simple, hassle-free two-way syncing between your iPhone and Google contacts. The app features a variety of syncing modes, from two-way, Gmail-to-iPhone, iPhone-to-Gmail, and manual syncing, with the app respecting a variety of filters, as well as contact groups. Users can review sync changes before the sync begins, override recommended changes, deduplicate contacts, and an option for automatic contact syncing.
Another app by the makers of Synctastic, A2Z Contacts (iOS) takes a more iOS-centric design and a freemium approach. A2Z Contacts lets you view and manage contacts stored on your phone, iCloud, CardDAV, and Exchange, with group management and contacts search, favorite contacts, and a multi-function contacts card. You can sort contacts by group or company and view most frequently used contacts as well as upcoming birthdays and anniversaries. A2Z also can sync with Google contacts through Synctastic. A $0.99 annual subscription unlocks group emails and group messages, unrestricted contacts sharing, and any further premium features to be developed.
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.