Want to Use Your Friends’ Nicknames in iOS? Here’s HowSeptember 4, 2019 iOS, News
If you have a friend whom you refer to only by their nickname, it can be annoying to feel like you should use their proper first name when adding them to Contacts. Worse, then they show up in Messages with a name you don’t recognize as easily. Here’s how to convince iOS to use their nickname instead. Open their card in Contacts, tap Edit, scroll to the bottom, tap Add Field, and tap Nickname. That puts a Nickname field at the top, under their proper name, for you to fill in. To get iOS to use it, go to Settings > Contacts > Short Name and enable Prefer Nicknames. From then on, you can enter your friend’s nickname instead of their proper name in apps like Messages and Mail, and iOS will also display it instead of their name everywhere.