How to Hide a Contact on iPhone 13: A Step-by-Step Guide


Ted Stinson

Hiding a contact on your iPhone 13 is a simple process that can help you keep certain contacts out of sight. Whether you’re trying to keep a surprise party a secret or have personal reasons for privacy, this guide will walk you through the steps to make a contact less visible on your device.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Hide a Contact on iPhone 13

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re doing. We’re going to make a contact "invisible" by tweaking some settings. This doesn’t delete the contact, it just makes it harder to find.

Step 1: Open the Contacts App

Open the Contacts app on your iPhone 13.

This is where all your saved contacts are stored. You can find the app on your home screen or by searching for it in the Spotlight Search.

Step 2: Select the Contact You Want to Hide

Scroll through your list of contacts and select the one you want to hide.

Once you tap on the contact, their details will open up. This is where you’ll be able to make changes to their visibility.

Step 3: Edit the Contact

Tap "Edit" in the top right corner of the contact’s detail page.

After you tap "Edit," you’ll be able to change the contact’s name, number, and other details.

Step 4: Change the Contact’s Name

Change the contact’s name to something less recognizable or use initials.

By changing the name to something generic, like "Work" or just the contact’s initials, it’ll be harder for someone to identify the contact at a glance.

Step 5: Hide the Contact’s Phone Number

If applicable, edit the phone number by adding a few random digits or characters.

This makes the phone number look like a code or incomplete, making it less likely to be dialed by mistake.

Step 6: Move the Contact to a Group

Create a new group in the Contacts app and move the contact to this group.

You can create a group called "Hidden" or something similar and move the contact there. This is an extra step for someone to find the contact if they’re browsing your contacts list.

After completing these steps, the contact you wanted to hide will be much less visible in your contacts list. They won’t pop up immediately when you open the Contacts app, but you’ll still be able to find them if you need to.

Tips: Hiding Contacts on iPhone 13

  • Consider also changing the contact’s ringtone to "None" to avoid recognizing calls from them.
  • If you want to hide several contacts, it might be easier to create a hidden group first, then batch-move the selected contacts.
  • Remember that hiding a contact does not block them. They can still call or text you.
  • Double-check that you’ve not linked the contact to any social media platforms, which could make them visible again.
  • Keep in mind that hiding a contact does not remove them from search results within the Contacts app.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I completely hide a contact on my iPhone 13 without deleting it?

No, there is no feature to completely hide a contact without deleting it. The steps provided help make a contact less visible.

Will hiding a contact on my iPhone 13 prevent them from calling or texting me?

No, hiding a contact only affects how they appear in your Contacts app. It does not block them from contacting you.

If I edit a contact’s name and number, will it affect their information elsewhere?

No, the changes you make in your Contacts app are only local to your device. It won’t change how they appear in their own phone or in any mutual contacts’ phones.

Can I hide a contact on my iPhone 13 without creating a new group?

Yes, you can simply change the contact’s name and number without moving them to a new group. However, using a group adds an additional layer of privacy.

How can I quickly access a hidden contact on my iPhone 13?

You can use the search feature in the Contacts app or ask Siri to find the contact for you.


  1. Open the Contacts app.
  2. Select the contact to hide.
  3. Tap "Edit."
  4. Change the contact’s name.
  5. Edit the contact’s phone number.
  6. Move the contact to a hidden group.


In today’s digital age, privacy is paramount. Whether you’re planning a surprise or simply value the discretion of certain contacts, hiding a contact on iPhone 13 is a handy skill to have. With the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your contacts remain just for your eyes, maintaining your peace of mind. Remember, while a contact may be hidden, they are not gone. They can still reach out, and you can access their information whenever necessary. For more tips on managing your iPhone and ensuring your personal data stays secure, keep exploring and learning about the various features your device offers. After all, your iPhone 13 is a powerful tool – let’s make the most of it!