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getAll is a database intensive process, and can take a long time to complete depending on the size of the contacts list. Because of this, it is recommended you access the getAll method before it is needed, and cache the results for future use.

import Contacts from 'react-native-contacts';

Contacts.getAll().then(contacts => {
  // contacts returned

See the full API for more methods.

Android permissions

On android you must request permissions beforehand

import { PermissionsAndroid } from 'react-native';
import Contacts from 'react-native-contacts';

    'title': 'Contacts',
    'message': 'This app would like to view your contacts.',
    'buttonPositive': 'Please accept bare mortal'
.then(contacts => {


Please read this entire section.


npm install react-native-contacts --save


yarn add react-native-contacts

You no longer need to include the pod line in the PodFile since V7.0.0+, we now support autolinking!

If you were previously using manually linking follow these steps to upgrade

react-native unlink react-native-contacts
npm install latest version of react-native-contacts
Your good to go!

react native version 60 and above

If you are using react native version 0.60 or above you do not have to link this library.


Starting with 0.60 on iOS you have to do the following:

  • Add the following line inside ios/Podfile
target 'app' do
  pod 'react-native-contacts', :path => '../node_modules/react-native-contacts' <-- add me
  • Run pod install in folder ios

react native below 60


Using the same instructions as

  1. open in xcode open ios/yourProject.xcodeproj/
  2. drag ./node_modules/react-native-contacts/ios/RCTContacts.xcodeproj to Libraries in your project view.
  3. In the XCode project navigator, select your project, select the Build Phases tab drag Libraries > RCTContacts.xcodeproj > Products > libRCTContacts.a into the Link Binary With Libraries section. Video to clarify Adding Camera Roll to an ios project in React Native.

Run the app via the Run button in xcode or react-native run-ios in the terminal.


For react native versions 0.60 and above you have to use Android X. Android X support was added to react-native-contacts in version 5.x+. If you are using rn 0.59 and below install rnc versions 4.x instead.

  1. In android/settings.gradle
include ':react-native-contacts'
project(':react-native-contacts').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, '../node_modules/react-native-contacts/android')
  1. In android/app/build.gradle
dependencies {
    implementation project(':react-native-contacts')
  1. register module
import com.rt2zz.reactnativecontacts.ReactNativeContacts; // <--- import

public class MainApplication extends Application implements ReactApplication {

  protected List<ReactPackage> getPackages() {
    return Arrays.<ReactPackage>asList(
            new MainReactPackage(),
            new ReactNativeContacts()); // <------ add this


API 23+

Android requires allowing permissions with The READ_CONTACTS permission must be added to your main application's AndroidManifest.xml. If your app creates contacts add WRITE_CONTACTS permission to AndroidManifest.xml and request the permission at runtime.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_CONTACTS" />
API 22 and below

Add READ_PROFILE and/or WRITE_PROFILE permissions to AndroidManifest.xml

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_PROFILE" />


If you use Proguard, the snippet below on Without it, your apk release version could failed

-keep class com.rt2zz.reactnativecontacts.** {*;}
-keepclassmembers class com.rt2zz.reactnativecontacts.** {*;}

All RN versions


Add kit specific "permission" keys to your Xcode Info.plist file, in order to make requestPermission work. Otherwise your app crashes when requesting the specific permission. Open Info.plist. Add key Privacy - Contacts Usage Description with your kit specific permission. The value for the key is optional in development. If you submit to the App Store the value must explain why you need this permission.

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Accessing note filed on iOS 13 (optional)

If you'd like to read/write the contact's notes, call the iosEnableNotesUsage(true) method before accessing the contact infos. Also, a entitlement must be added to the project. Before submitting your app to the AppStore, the permission for using the entitlement has to be granted as well. You can find a more detailed explanation here.


  • getAll: Promise<Contact[]> - returns all contacts as an array of objects
  • getAllWithoutPhotos - same as getAll on Android, but on iOS it will not return uris for contact photos (because there's a significant overhead in creating the images)
  • getContactById(contactId): Promise - returns contact with defined contactId (or null if it doesn't exist)
  • getCount(): Promise - returns the number of contacts
  • getPhotoForId(contactId): Promise - returns a URI (or null) for a contacts photo
  • addContact(contact): Promise - adds a contact to the AddressBook.
  • openContactForm(contact) - create a new contact and display in contactsUI.
  • openExistingContact(contact) - where contact is an object with a valid recordID
  • editExistingContact(contact): Promise - add numbers to the contact, where the contact is an object with a valid recordID and an array of phoneNumbers
  • updateContact(contact): Promise - where contact is an object with a valid recordID
  • deleteContact(contact) - where contact is an object with a valid recordID
  • getContactsMatchingString(string): Promise<Contact[]> - where string is any string to match a name (first, middle, family) to
  • getContactsByPhoneNumber(string): Promise<Contact[]> - where string is a phone number to match to.
  • getContactsByEmailAddress(string): Promise<Contact[]> - where string is an email address to match to.
  • checkPermission(): Promise - checks permission to access Contacts ios only
  • requestPermission(): Promise - request permission to access Contacts ios only
  • writePhotoToPath() - writes the contact photo to a given path android only

Example Contact Record

  recordID: '6b2237ee0df85980',
  backTitle: '',
  company: '',
  emailAddresses: [{
    label: 'work',
    email: '[email protected]',
  familyName: 'Jung',
  givenName: 'Carl',
  middleName: '',
  jobTitle: '',
  phoneNumbers: [{
    label: 'mobile',
    number: '(555) 555-5555',
  hasThumbnail: true,
  thumbnailPath: 'content://',
  postalAddresses: [{
    label: 'home',
    formattedAddress: '',
    street: '123 Fake Street',
    pobox: '',
    neighborhood: '',
    city: 'Sample City',
    region: 'CA',
    state: 'CA',
    postCode: '90210',
    country: 'USA',
  prefix: 'MR',
  suffix: '',
  department: '',
  birthday: {'year': 1988, 'month': 0, 'day': 1 },
  imAddresses: [
    { username: '0123456789', service: 'ICQ'},
    { username: 'johndoe123', service: 'Facebook'}


  • on Android versions below 8 the entire display name is passed in the givenName field. middleName and familyName will be "".

Adding Contacts

Currently all fields from the contact record except for thumbnailPath are supported for writing

var newPerson = {
  emailAddresses: [{
    label: "work",
    email: "[email protected]",
  familyName: "Nietzsche",
  givenName: "Friedrich",


Open Contact Form

Currently all fields from the contact record except for thumbnailPath are supported for writing

var newPerson = {
  emailAddresses: [{
    label: "work",
    email: "[email protected]",
  displayName: "Friedrich Nietzsche"

Contacts.openContactForm(newPerson).then(contact => {
  // contact has been saved

You may want to edit the contact before saving it into your phone book. So using openContactForm allow you to prompt default phone create contacts UI and the new to-be-added contact will be display on the contacts UI view. Click save or cancel button will exit the contacts UI view.

Updating Contacts


Contacts.getAll().then(contacts => {
  // update the first record
  let someRecord = contacts[0]
    label: "junk",
    email: "[email protected]",
  Contacts.updateContact(someRecord).then(() => {
    // record updated

Update reference contacts by their recordID (as returned by the OS in getContacts). Apple does not guarantee the recordID will not change, e.g. it may be reassigned during a phone migration. Consequently you should always grab a fresh contact list with getContacts before performing update operations.

Add numbers to an existing contact


var newPerson = { 
  recordID: '6b2237ee0df85980',
  phoneNumbers: [{
    label: 'mobile',
    number: '(555) 555-5555',
  }, ...

Contacts.editExistingContact(newPerson).then(contact => {
    //contact updated

Add one or more phone numbers to an existing contact. On Android the edited page will be opened. On iOS the already edited contact will be opened with the possibility of further modification.


There are issues with updating contacts on Android:

  1. custom labels get overwritten to "Other",
  2. postal address update code doesn't exist. (it exists for addContact) See for current discussions.

Delete Contacts

You can delete a record using only it's recordID

Contacts.deleteContact({recordID: 1}).then(recordId => {
  // contact deleted

Or by passing the full contact object with a recordID field.

Contacts.deleteContact(contact).then((recordId) => {
  // contact deleted

Displaying Thumbnails

The thumbnailPath is the direct URI for the temp location of the contact's cropped thumbnail image.

<Image source={{uri: contact.thumbnailPath}} />

Permissions Methods (optional)

checkPermission - checks permission to access Contacts.
requestPermission - request permission to access Contacts.

Usage as follows:

Contacts.checkPermission().then(permission => {
  if (permission === 'undefined') {
    Contacts.requestPermission().then(permission => {
      // ...
  if (permission === 'authorized') {
    // yay!
  if (permission === 'denied') {
    // x.x

These methods are only useful on iOS. For Android you'll have to use

These methods do not re-request permission if permission has already been granted or denied. This is a limitation in iOS, the best you can do is prompt the user with instructions for how to enable contacts from the phone settings page Settings > [app name] > contacts.


You can find an example app/showcase here

react-native-contacts example


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Harry Moreno


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