How to Change or Set Default Contacts Account on iPhone 13

This post will walk you through assigning a default account for contacts app in iOS 15.4.1 devices. Here’s a quick guide on how to change or set default contacts account on iPhone 13.

iOS 15 Email Accounts and Contacts

Setting up adding an email account is one of the primary requisites when setting up a new phone.

The traditional method of saving contacts in earlier mobile devices is through a SIM card. This makes SIM cards among the critical components in early smartphone communications. In recent days, saving contacts on recent smartphones be it Android or iPhone is already done through the use of a registered user account such as Yahoo, Google, iCloud, Outlook and the like. 

New contacts are therefore saved to any of the said accounts while other devices store them on the device itself.

Generally the first account set up on the phone will be used as the default account for saving contacts.

In the case where multiple accounts are added, the user has the option to set the default saved location for contacts.

Outlined below are the actual steps of setting a specific account that will be used as default saved locations for contacts in iOS 15 or later devices including the latest iPhone series.

Feel free to refer to this quick guide if you need help changing the default contact storage on the new iPhone 13.

Steps to Change or Set Default Contacts Account on iPhone 13

The total number of accounts added on your iPhone will also be displayed on the Contacts app accounts settings menu. In this menu, you will also find the default account option that contains the current account that’s linked to the native phone and contacts app.

Unless you’ve changed it before, the default account in the Contacts app is set to your iCloud account. To change the default account for storing new contacts on your iPhone 13, just follow these subsequent steps.

Step 1: To get started, tap Settings from Home to launch and access the Settings app menu.
Step 2: While in the main settings menu, find and then tap Contacts. The Contacts app settings menu opens with relevant options to manage.
Step 3: Find and then tap Default Account to proceed.
Step 4: On the following screen, you will a list of all added email accounts. Tap to mark your preferred email account for storing new contacts on  your phone.

Repeat the same steps should you wish to change the current settings and set a new default contact account for your iPhone contacts.

All the existing contacts in the account that you’ve set as default will show up on your iPhone for as long as the contacts sync feature is enabled on that account.

Saved contacts from your other accounts are likewise viewable and accessible on your iPhone but the new contacts added will be saved or stored on the default email account.

The above procedure is also applicable when setting a new default account for storing contacts on other iPhone models running on the same iOS version with that of the iPhone 13 devices.

Actual screens and menu items may vary between device models and network operations so expect some slight differences on the actual user interface.

Just keep your iPhone software up-to-date so all the key features and menu options are present.

Having trouble setting a default account for storing new contacts?

If you don’t see the default account option from the Contacts settings menu on your iPhone, it’s possible that there are no other accounts added or set on the device beforehand. 

In this case, you can sync contacts from any of your existing accounts by heading over to Settings-> Contacts-> Accounts menu and then tap to select the email account that you’d like to set as default. Also be sure to enable the Contacts toggle on the selected email account.

After enabling contacts from the selected email account, return to Settings-> Contacts menu and see if the Default account option is already available.

Alternatively, you can re-add the email account or add a new account through Settings-> Contacts -> Accounts menu on your iPhone and then tap the option to Add account. Select the account that you’d like to add and enter your account credentials. After adding the new account, you can go back to Settings-> Contacts-> Accounts menu and then select the recently added account to set it as default.  

Again, don’t forget to enable the Contacts toggle for that account. This is necessary to make all contacts in that account to sync with the native Contacts app on  your iOS device.

And that’s how to change default account or setting a new default account for storing contacts on the Apple iPhone 13 series.

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