How to Change Default Account for Contacts on iPhone SE 3 (2022)

This post will walk you through setting a default account to be used for your contacts on the recently released special edition iPhone (3rd generation). Here’s a quick guide to change the default account for contacts on iPhone SE 3 (2022).

Default Contacts Account

Apple device owners are allowed to set up multiple accounts to be used on their respective Apple devices. Among the supported accounts include iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Google, Yahoo, AOL, and Outlook.com.

Prior to the cloud era, most cellular phones set SIM cards as the primary or default contact storage while some support both Phone and SIM card storage. With this setup, users can only store contacts in the SIM card.

Many years later, modern smartphones populated the telco market and a major transition was realized.

Since then, users are already able to access and manage contacts across multiple devices using a single account. 

In iOS devices, the default account that’s used for saving iPhone contacts is set to your iCloud account unless you’ve specified another account during the initial setup.

To change this information, you will need to access the Contacts app settings where you can view the Default accounts in use. 

Depicted below is a step by step walkthrough on how to get this done on the new iPhone SE 3 2022.

Steps to Change the Default Account for Contacts on iPhone SE 3

If you’ve set up multiple accounts on your Apple device, you will need to set a default account for contacts. To do this, you will need to select which from your accounts to have Contacts enabled for. 

In order to access and manage this information on the new 3rd generation special edition iPhone, just access the Accounts and Passwords menu from the iOS settings app.

Just follow these steps if ever you need help getting this done on your new iOS device.

Step 1:  To begin, tap Settings from the Home screen. Doing so will launch the iOS settings app.
Step 2: While in the main settings app menu, scroll to find and then tap Contacts. The Contacts menu opens next with a few relevant options.
Step 3: Tap Default Account from the given options to proceed. On the next screen, you will see a list of your registered accounts.
Step 4: Choose your preferred account to use and set as default for contacts storing contacts. Just tap to mark the account that you’d like to set as the new default.
Note:

If you don’t see the Default Account option from the Contacts menu, there’s a good chance that only one account (iCloud) is set up on  your device. That said, that account is automatically set as default for contacts.

Should you wish to add a new account, just tap Accounts from the Contacts menu and then tap the option to Add Account on the next screen. Select your account service provider then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to finish setting up your new account.

Manage Multiple Accounts for Contacts app

Once the account is set up, you can go back to the Contacts settings and set the recently added account as the default account for storing contacts on this iOS device.

If you’ve registered multiple accounts, all your accounts will show up in the Contacts app along with the default selection. You can change this information whenever needed. By then, all new contacts that you add on your iPhone will be saved straight to the selected account.

Your iPhone allows you to view all contacts from multiple accounts but new contacts are stored to the default account.

To access all your existing contacts saved in the default account, you will need to enable the contacts sync feature for that account.  Just turn on the Contacts switch for that account to make all saved contacts synced with the inbuilt Contacts app on your iPhone. 

You can also turn Contacts off or on for an existing account on your iOS device.

To access and manage this information, just go to Settings-> Contacts-> Accounts menu and then select the account that contains the contacts that you’d like to add or delete. To add contacts for that account, just turn the Contacts switch ON. Otherwise, turn the switch OFF then tap Delete from My iPhone to confirm contacts deletion for that account.

And that’s all about setting up the default accounts for new contacts on the iPhone SE 3 and other iPhones running in iOS 15 or later version.

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