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How to fix one of iOS 7.1’s most annoying bugs

Updated 4 years ago
iOS 7.1 Bug Fix
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

IOS 7.1 was a fantastic update for Apple’s mobile operating system, bringing with it plenty of bug fixes and refinements that were absent in the initial iOS 7 update. Apple’s huge iOS 7 release, as you’ll surely recall, was all about renovating the look of the iOS platform, and it was a bit raw when it first launched. There are still some annoying bugs that crept through in the latest version of iOS 7.1, however, and now there’s a simple fix for one of the most annoying ones out there.

As noted by iMore (via CNET) in a recent post, many users have experienced an issue where new contacts they add in the iPhone’s Phone app aren’t appearing in the phone’s contact list. As it turns out, the reason for this is quite simple, as is the fix.

For whatever reason, the iOS 7.1.2 update has switched many users’ default contact list to “On My Phone” instead of iCloud, Gmail or whatever other service people normally use.

To switch it back, simply go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then scroll down to the Contacts section. Then tap on “Default Account” and change it back to iCloud or whichever other web service you might use.

The screenshot below from iMore helps illustrate the process.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.