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100 Watt Walrus Level 1 Level 1
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I just added a contact to my iPod Touch. It's a company, not an individual. How do I get the iOS Contacts to list it that way?


iPod touch, iOS 4.3.3, iOS 4.3.5
Solved by 100 Watt Walrus on Sep 20, 2013 12:10 PM Solved

Although it was not clearly explained upthread, Kenneth, what you have to do is this:

 

1) Create a new contact with the company name only, and SAVE

 

This will create a "business" card/record rather than an "person" card/record

 

2) After the card has been created, open it again, and now you can add a person's name to the card and it wll remain a "business" card.

 

Given that mobile-platform apps are going to be somewhat under-powered compared to their desktop equivelents, I guess this isn't too much of a burden. Just one extra step. But Apple sure doesn't go out of their way to make it clear, do they?

Reply by bobjbkln on Sep 20, 2013 9:37 AM Helpful

No.  If it's a Company, put the Company's name in the Company line and  leave the name lines blank.

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  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10

    Did you place the company is the company box in Contacts?  There are three possible entries, first, last and company. If you only fill in the company that will be listed.

  • 100 Watt Walrus Level 1 Level 1
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    If I'm understanding you correctly, if I'm creating a new contact for a business, I have to create the contact with no name, save it that way, then go back in and add the name afterwards. Is that correct?

  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2

    I am having the same problem.

  • bobjbkln Level 4 Level 4

    No.  If it's a Company, put the Company's name in the Company line and  leave the name lines blank.

  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2

    That is not how it used to work, and it's also no good.

  • lizdance40 Level 4 Level 4

    Oh come on....I just did it and it worked fine.

    Skip the first and Last name lines,

    tap on the company line,

    type in company name. 

    Add phone, email, address whatever,

    then tap Done to save.

  • Kenneth Epstein Level 2 Level 2

    Did you add a name as we'll.

  • 100 Watt Walrus Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.ipod
    iPod

    Although it was not clearly explained upthread, Kenneth, what you have to do is this:

     

    1) Create a new contact with the company name only, and SAVE

     

    This will create a "business" card/record rather than an "person" card/record

     

    2) After the card has been created, open it again, and now you can add a person's name to the card and it wll remain a "business" card.

     

    Given that mobile-platform apps are going to be somewhat under-powered compared to their desktop equivelents, I guess this isn't too much of a burden. Just one extra step. But Apple sure doesn't go out of their way to make it clear, do they?

  • lizdance40 Level 4 Level 4

    100 Watt Walrus, Nope if you add the name afterwards it just moves the business to a personal name contact.  Not really helpful if you have more than one contact person in a large company.

     

    Kenneth, try this:

     

       If you want both, with business as primary, but a name of contact, set it up this way:

     

    Fill Company name only

    Add phone numbers

    scroll down to add "related name", tap on +

    now you can enter the job title as a custom label.  You notice the circle with an i in the middle, this allows you to link any number of individual contacts to the business.

     

    see if that does the job.

  • lizdance40 Level 4 Level 4

    100 Watt Walrus,

     

    That doesn't work!   If you edit a Company contact by adding a name the name becomes the primary.  Totally screws you up alphabetically.  And, as often is the case, there may be multiple people under one company name....

  • 100 Watt Walrus Level 1 Level 1
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    I can duplicate the process I described.

     

    In my iPod Touch 4G, running iOS 6.1.3, I just created a brand new entry in the native Contacts app called "Qqq Co." I entered just the name and an email address. The card was created as a Business.

     

    I went out of that record to my general list, and the record is filed under Q.

     

    I then tapped to get back into the record, tapped [Edit], then added first name "Bob" and last name "A," then tapped [Done].

     

    RESULT:

     

    In the card, I still see a generic Business icon, I see "Qqq Co" in bold at the top, and below that, "Bob A" in smaller gray type.

     

    When I exit the record and go back to the list, "Qqq Co" is still listed in the Qs. And there is no "Bob A" in the As.

  • lizdance40 Level 4 Level 4

    I have the iPod touch 5th gen, running IOS 7.

    If I edit a company by adding a name it moves the contact and files it with the name, not company.  

     

    The new version works different I guess.   Glad it does, I like being able to add multiple contacts to one company.

  • 100 Watt Walrus Level 1 Level 1
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    iPod

    You can do Related Names in iOS 6 Contacts too.

     

    At the time I started this thread, I was using iOS 5*. Apparently in 6 they fixed the problem on not being able to create a Business contact.

     

     

    *unrelated grouse: iOS 5 behaved a lot better on my iPod Touch 4G, and sucked a LOT less battery, and I wish I'd never "upgraded"

  • macorin Level 1 Level 1

    This used to be the work-around solution to this common complaint, but it no longer works in iOS 7.  I wish you could just create a business card from the start, but now I'm longing for the days where there was at least a work-around.  The weird thing is, my contacts list still has remnants from the past, where I have company contacts with associated first and last names that still sort by company. It's only newly created contacts where this is impossible. So frustrating to not be able to achieve basic things like this.

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