ContactsManager

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The ContactsManager interface of the Contact Picker API allows users to select entries from their contact list and share limited details of the selected entries with a website or application.

The ContactsManager is available through the global navigator.contacts property.

Methods

select()
Returns a Promise which, when resolved, presents the user with a contact picker which allows them to select contact(s) they wish to share.
getProperties()
Returns a Promise which resolves with an Array of strings indicating which contact properties are available.

Examples

Feature Detection

The following code checks whether the Contact Picker API is supported.

const supported = ('contacts' in navigator && 'ContactsManager' in window);

Checking for Supported Properties

The following asynchronous function uses the getProperties method to check for supported properties.

async function checkProperties() {
  const supportedProperties = await navigator.contacts.getProperties();
  if (supportedProperties.includes('name')) {
    // run code for name support
  }
  if (supportedProperties.includes('email')) {
    // run code for email support
  }
  if (supportedProperties.includes('tel')) {
    // run code for telephone number support
  }
  if (supportedProperties.includes('address')) {
    // run code for address support
  }
  if (supportedProperties.includes('icon')) {
    // run code for avatar support
  }
}

Selecting Contacts

The following example sets an array of properties to be retrieved for each contact, as well as setting an options object to allow for multiple contacts to be selected.

An asynchronous function is then defined which uses the select() method to present the user with a contact picker interface and handle the chosen results.

const props = ['name', 'email', 'tel', 'address', 'icon'];
const opts = {multiple: true};

async function getContacts() {
  try {
      const contacts = await navigator.contacts.select(props, opts);
      handleResults(contacts);
  } catch (ex) {
      // Handle any errors here.
  }
}

handleResults() is a developer defined function.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Unknown
The definition of 'ContactsManager' in that specification.
Unknown Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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ContactsManager
ExperimentalNon-standard
Chrome Full support 80Edge Full support 80Firefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari No support NoWebView Android Full support 80Chrome Android Full support 80Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 13.0
getProperties
ExperimentalNon-standard
Chrome Full support 80Edge Full support 80Firefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari No support NoWebView Android Full support 80Chrome Android Full support 80Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android Full support YesSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 13.0
select
ExperimentalNon-standard
Chrome Full support 80Edge Full support 80Firefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari No support NoWebView Android Full support 80Chrome Android Full support 80Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android Full support 13.0

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Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.

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