Add Facebook Contacts to Your iPhone 5 in iOS 6

One of the first things that new iPhone users do is add their contacts to their smart phone. In addition to their work and family contacts, new iPhone 5 owners want to import all their Facebook contacts, pictures, email addresses, and phone numbers. The guide below outlines how to do this for iOS 6 on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5.

Before iOS 6, this process was complicated and difficult as Facebook wasn’t integrated into the operating system. It often required third party apps to import and sync Facebook contact information and photos on your iPhone. Thankfully, this has all changed with iOS 6.

I’ve spent about a month with iOS 6 and one of the first things I did was integrate my Facebook account with my iPhone. The process was quick and simple and pulled in Facebook contacts, emails, phone numbers (when available), profile pictures, birthdays and more.

Add Facebook Contacts to Your iPhone 5 with iOS 6

To add Facebook contacts to your iPhone with iOS 6:

  • Open the Settings App
  • Scroll down until you see the Facebook options and select it
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  • Next, if the Facebook app isn’t already installed on your iPhone, click Install.
  • Facebook-Settings-iOS6.png
  • After the app is installed you’ll need to enter your Facebook account information
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  • After adding your Facebook account information and connecting to Facbook, click “Update Contacts” to integrate your Facebook contacts on your iPhone
  • iOS-6-Facebook-update-Contacts.png

After this is finished all your Facebook contacts should be available in your Contacts app.

View Just Your Facebook Contacts

If you’d like to just view your Facebook contacts you can do so by:

  • Launching the Contacts app
  • Select the Groups button in the top left corner
  • Uncheck all the other contact lists but Facebook.
  • Click Done and view a list of just your Facebook Contacts

Apple has finally given so many iPhone owners what they’ve wanted for years, the ability to natively sync and pull in contacts from their primary social network. Once added, the contacts work like any other contacts added to the phone. It’s a great feature that will quickly be implemented by millions of iPhone owners when iOS 6 is made available to the public.

I hope that the next social network that receives iPhone integration is LinkedIn.