how to edit a phone number values programmatically from address book ios


I'm trying to replace an specific phone number for an specific contact programmatically in iOS, taking the contacts form address book.

I don't know why I can't save the new phone number and refresh the address book to show the change.

I'm doing this:

+(BOOL) changeContactPhoneNumber:(NSString *) phoneSought forThis:(NSString *) newPhoneNumber{ ABAddressBookRef addressBook = ABAddressBookCreate(); ABRecordRef contactSelected; CFStringRef mobileLabelNumber; CFErrorRef error = nil; // Do whatever you want here. CFArrayRef allPeople = ABAddressBookCopyArrayOfAllPeople(addressBook); CFIndex nPeople = ABAddressBookGetPersonCount(addressBook); for (int i = 0; i < nPeople; i++) { ABRecordRef ref = CFArrayGetValueAtIndex(allPeople, i); ABMultiValueRef phones = (ABMultiValueRef)ABRecordCopyValue(ref, kABPersonPhoneProperty); NSString* mobilePhoneNumber=@""; if (ABMultiValueGetCount(phones) > 0) { for (int i=0; i < ABMultiValueGetCount(phones); i++) { [mobilePhoneNumber release]; mobilePhoneNumber = (NSString*)ABMultiValueCopyValueAtIndex(phones, i); if([mobilePhoneNumber isEqualToString:phoneSought]){ contactSelected = ref; mobileLabelNumber = ABMultiValueCopyLabelAtIndex(phones, i); } } } } ABMutableMultiValueRef phoneNumberMultiValue = ABMultiValueCreateMutable(kABPersonPhoneProperty); bool didAddPhone = ABMultiValueAddValueAndLabel(phoneNumberMultiValue ,(__bridge CFTypeRef)newPhoneNumber,mobileLabelNumber, NULL); if(didAddPhone){ ABRecordSetValue(ABAddressBookGetPersonWithRecordID(addressBook, contactSelected), kABPersonPhoneProperty, phoneNumberMultiValue, nil); bool bSuccess = ABAddressBookSave(addressBook, &error); if (!bSuccess) { NSLog(@"Could not save to address book: %@", error); } else { return YES; } } else { NSLog(@"Error editing phone number: %@", error); error = nil; } return NO; }


You should debug your code and try to figure out whether the format of the phone numbers you are providing to the method are matching or not.

For e.g. when i am logging my contact list phone numbers these are results

Number...555-478-7672 Number...(408) 439-5270 Number...(408) 555-3514 Number...888-555-5512 Number...888-555-1212 Number...555-522-8243 Number...(555) 766-4823 Number...(707) 555-1854 Number...555-610-6679

And i was comparing these number against unformatted number string.


ABRecordSetValue(ABAddressBookGetPersonWithRecordID(addressBook, contactSelected), kABPersonPhoneProperty, phoneNumberMultiValue, nil);

Whose actual declaration is

ABRecordSetValue(ABRecordRef record, ABPropertyID property, CFTypeRef value, CFErrorRef* error);

Although ABAddressBookGetPersonWithRecordID returns a ABRecordRef but you already have ABRecordRef contactSelected; so in my view you should use


Please correct me if i am wrong or have misunderstood your code!


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