If you have friends you refer to by their nicknames, it can be frustrating to feel like you should use their proper first names when adding them to Contacts.
Especially if a nickname is very different from a formal name, it may be confusing when you try to identify the name in your contacts or when it pops up in Messages.
Here’s how to convince iOS to use a nickname instead:
Open the friend’s card in Contacts
Tap Edit and scroll to the bottom
Tap Add Field and tap Nickname
That puts a Nickname field at the top, under the proper name, for you to fill in.
Now, to get iOS to use the nickname:
Go to Settings
Enable Prefer Nicknames
Once that is done, you can enter your friend’s nickname instead of a proper name in apps like Messages and Mail, and iOS will also display it instead of the proper name everywhere.
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