Understanding Front’s Contact Manager
In your Contact Manager in Front, you’ll find both Company Contacts (contacts that are shared across your entire company) and Private Contacts (contacts that are only visible to you). The Contacts Manager also allows you to search for other contacts from conversations in your inboxes that haven't yet been added to Company Contacts or Private Contacts.
Access the Contact Manager by clicking the three dots at the bottom of your workspace, then select Contacts.
In addition to your Contact Manager, contact information can also be accessed via the contact details plugin in your inbox. Learn more about the contact details plugin here.
Click the Company Contacts to view and manage all contacts that are shared across your company. Creating or editing contacts in the Company contacts section will update the contacts for all teammates.
Note that contacts from conversations in your shared inboxes are accessible through search but not automatically added to Company Contacts; users must manually add contacts to the Company contacts list.
Click My Contacts to view and manage all of your Private contacts. These contacts are only visible to you.
To organize your contacts, you can create contact groups that are shared with your entire company, a specific team, or private to you. For more information on creating and using contact groups, check out this article.
There are three ways that contacts can be created in Front: manually adding contacts in the Contacts Manager, importing a list of contacts, and automatic contact creation.
Manually create a contact
Open your Contact Manager, then select Company contacts or My Contacts, based on whether you want to create a contact that's shared with the entire company or private to you.
Click the blue icon at the top of your contacts list, then select Add contact.
Add the name and contact details for your new contact.
To add more fields for this contact, click the + icon and select your desired field.
If you’ve created any custom contact fields, they will appear in this list. For instructions on creating custom contact fields, check out this article.
Once you’re finished adding this contact’s information, click Save to create your contact.
To quickly add multiple contacts in bulk, Front’s Contact Manager allows you to import a list of contacts, in the form of a CSV file. To import contacts, follow the steps outlined in this article.
Automatic contact creation
Based on your settings, Front can automatically create contacts for you. To learn more, check out this article.
Use Front's contact integrations to sync your external contacts with your Front contacts.
Using our Contact API, you can automatically manage your contacts in Front.
View contact details
Use the Contact Manager to search for a contact, or locate them within the sections for Company contacts, Private contacts, or a contact group. Clicking a contact’s name will bring up their contact details on the right panel. You’ll see the following sections for each contact:
Basic contact information for this contact. Click Edit in the Overview section to edit the content of existing fields, or add additional fields for this contact by clicking the + icon at the bottom of the edit screen.
List of Front conversations associated with this contact. Select a conversation from the list to open it in your inbox.
You can add multiple notes for a contact. For company contacts, you and your teammates will all be able to add shared notes to a contact, and will be able to view each other’s notes. Click New in the Notes section to add a new note for this contact.
How to edit a contact image
There are three different ways that contact images are added to Front contacts: manually editing the contact, automatically-created contact images, and teammates adding their own contact images.
Manually edit a contact image
Go to your Contact Manager and choose the contact you want to add an image for.
Click Edit at the top right corner of the contact's details.
Click the + sign above the contact name, and you will be prompted to select an image from your computer.
Select the image you'd like to use for your contact, and click Save.
Automatically created contact images
Front will attempt to fetch an external sender’s avatar if it is available. If the contact does not have an avatar available, it will show as blank and a contact image can be manually added to their profile.
Teammates can upload their own avatars in Front in their settings, and the image will be visible to the rest of the team.
Front allows you to merge multiple contact records. Merge contacts to reduce duplicates, and to consolidate conversation histories into a single contact record. For instructions on merging contacts, check out this article.
To delete contacts individually, or in bulk, follow the steps here.