Here’s How To Select Which Contacts Appear In 3D Touch Shortcut Menu

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If you find the contacts in the 3D Touch shortcut menu to be quite strange or confusing, there is a way to make it less confusing. Not only is there some logic behind the quick contacts, you will be able to change their order in the listed shortcut menu.

Upon pressing the Phone’s icon lightly will bring up a menu with three seemingly random contacts, supposedly making it easier to call someone quickly from the Home screen. Although it may seem like it’s random, there is some logic behind this mechanism.

Moreover, contacts listed in the shortcut menu are the top three entries from Phone’s Favorites. The third entry listed in the Phone’s Favorites from the top becomes the first thing listed at the top of the 3D Touch menu. The second in the list in Favorites is your middle contact in the shortcut menu, while the top contact in Favorites is your third 3D Touch shortcut. If you want to change the entries and customize these things, below we will teach you how to do so.

Here’s How To Select Which Contacts Appear In 3D Touch Shortcut Menu:

  • Step 1: Open the Phone app
  • Step 2: Go to Favorites near the bottom. A list of your favorites should appear, but if your list is empty you will need to add a contact to Phone’s Favorites list. You can do this by tapping the plus sign in the upper right, then select a contact from your address book
  • Step 3: To change-up the order in your Favorites list, go to the Edit button in the top left. You should see a drag handle appear at the right side of each entry in Favorites
  • Step 4: Press and hold the drag handle of a contact. Simply move it up or down to change its position in the list, and let go to stop
  • Step 5: Continue this process for other Favorites items. Something worth noting, only the first three contacts at the top of Favorites appear in the Phone’s 3D Touch shortcut menu
  • Step 6: To complete reordering your Favorites, press on the Done button in the left top corner of the Phone app.

If the process of reordering your Favorites isn’t showing the changes you’ve made in the 3D Touch menu, force quite the Phone app and press the Home button twice in a row. From here, swipe up on the app in the iOS task switcher, and press firmly on the Phone’s icon in the Home screen and you should see the changes to your Favorites in the shortcut menu.

Lastly, you can’t change the quick contacts in the 3D Touch shortcut menu for Messages and FaceTime apps on your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, since these are based on iOS 9’s Proactive feature that decides which one you’re most likely to interact with next.