The Android operating system is having many features, which can be more than useful in our daily life. Furthermore, the recent release of the Ice Cream Sandwich firmware introduced a new list of capabilities for the Android powered devices. This is why the ICS is so highly expected by all the Android users, whether we are referring to the tablet, or the smartphone owners. So, if you were lucky enough to receive the official Android 4.0 OS update, or if you have installed an unofficial firmware of the same version of Android, you should know that your device is now more powerful than it used to be.

Now, during this guide I will teach you how to use one of the features included in your phone or tablet system. You will be able to learn how to add Direct Dial contacts on home screens with shortcuts to your phone contacts. The Direct Dial capability is featured on the ICS OS, among other services like Applications, Bookmark, Contact, Direct Message, Directions and Navigation, Dropbox Folder, Kies via Air, Settings Shortcut and GMail label; all these can be found in the shortcuts menu from your device and you can experience the benefits of each one of them. But, today, I will detail the Direct Dial and its purpose.

As you will see you will find this option more than useful. It’s annoying to search for a number each time you want to make a call. This especially if it’s about a person you are calling for several times in a short period of time. So, what do you say about a shortcut to one, or more phone contacts? Well this can be achieved thanks to the Direct Dial option. From now on you can have your family members, work employees, friends, or everyone else you wish, on a single tap distance. Making calls will be now easier and handier.

You have the process explained during the following step by step guide. Don’t worry, because the operation is safe and even if you do something wrong you can’t damage the OS, or who knows what else. This tutorial will be similar with other ones presented here on (like: How to scan QR Codes for threats with Norton Snap App, how to block Google Play / Android Market from inappropriate downloads, how to change the Message Centre Number, or how to delete data by using the Factory Data Reset option) so you have nothing to worry about. All these tutorials are designed for the Android platform so don’t apply them for devices that run different firmware (such as iOS, MeeGo, or Windows Phone 7).

That being said you can proceed to the next section of the present guide. Follow the steps, read carefully my directions and don’t skip something because then you will have to start the process from the beginning.

How to Add Direct Dial Contacts on Home screens

  1. First, on your Android powered device tap (long press) on any of the home screen.
  2. The “Add to home” list should be displayed at the bottom of the screen.
  3. From there you need to select the option named “Shortcut”.
  4. A list of options will be displayed. You need to choose the direct dial one. Take a look through the whole list and see the features added on your version of Android.
  5. Once you select direct dial, the contacts list will be displayed.
  6. Now, select the contacts you dial the most, or the ones you think it’s important for you.
  7. In the end, the contacts selected will be displayed on your device home screen, as a shortcut.
  8. Now, let’s see if it’s working. Just tap on one of the shortcuts and see if the dial process is commencing.
  9. That’s it.

There you have it, the easiest and quickest way in which you can learn how to Add Direct Dials Contacts on Home screens with Shortcuts to your Phone Contacts. If you have any questions related to this subject, or to another that is linked to the Android concept, feel free and share your thoughts with us(in the comments area). Remember that this tutorial is suitable for any Android smartphones and tablets (with ICS on board) so don’t hesitate to use it; stay close for further Android how to guides.

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