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Evernote Hello 2.0, The Cutting Edge Way To Add Contacts To Your iPhone

Bakari Chavanu 13-02-2013

add contacts to iphoneIf you’re an iPhone user who regularly attends conferences and social networks in which you collect business cards, or the names and email addresses of people you meet, you definitely should check out the newly revised and updated free Evernote Hello 2.0.


Evernote Hello made it to the list of my top 10 favorite apps of last year From ProCamera to Paprika: My Top 10 Favorite Apps for 2012 Following an annual tradition I started last year, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight the best and most useful apps from this past year. By now we all take for granted how... Read More . But its 2.0 update deserves a full review for the useful features it now includes. I prefer using Evernote Hello because it’s a great way to store the contact information of people I first meet, rather than inputting such data alongside the permanent contacts in my iPhone’s address book.

While the previous version of Evernote Hello was useful for my needs, the added features in 2.0 make the app three times more useful.

Adding Contact Information

In order to use Evernote Hello you need to create an account with Evernote, where all your contact data will be synchronized. Next, you need to set up a profile including information and a photo that you will share with other people.

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Evernote Hello lists your contacts by the date, time, and month you input them into the app. So this is how you add contacts. After launching the app, tap the green and white + button, and then select to add contact information in one of three ways :

  • typing the details yourself, or passing your phone to the contact and allowing him or her to input the information.
  • by scanning and snapping a photo of the contact’s business card.
  • by using Hello Connect, in which you wirelessly exchange your Hello profile with other Evernote Hello users.

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In the 2.0 update you can now add contacts from your existing address book, or start off by entering the contact’s email address. Next, the app invites you to take a photo of the contact. In the first version of Hello, this photo taking feature actually took four consecutive photos of a contact. It’s great that Evernote has changed that feature because it kept me from using it. It was very odd to snap four photos of the same person.

In the next screen, you add additional contact information including the person’s name, phone number, and their Twitter username. All of these pieces of information are not required in order to complete each step. If Evernote Hello finds the email address you entered connected to a LinkedIn or Facebook account, it will pull profile information from that account and add it to your Evernote contact.

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In my tests, the business card scanning feature for Evernote Hello was not able to capture contact data from any of the five cards I tried to scan. It seems as though the automatic flashlight gets in the way of the scanning and it prohibits the app from recognizing the contact information.

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If the app cannot scan the card, you can still snap a photo of it and make it a part of your contact’s profile in Hello. It’s a simple process also to manually add the information yourself. Typically when you’re collecting someone’s contact information, you will probably not want to stop and scan a business card in the middle of a conversation. You can always snap a photo of the card later at a more more convenient time.

The latest update of Hello also enables you to edit and add the location information of where you meet contacts. The app will try to use GPS information, but if it is not accurate, you can change it. You can also change the date and time of meeting details, as well as add additional notes and snapshots that will help you remember the contact.


adding contacts on iphone

If you happen to meet a contact again, you could even go back and add additional information. You will find that Evernote Hello is a powerful alternative to collecting business cards and information written on scraps of paper that you normally can’t find after you attend an event, party or social function.

If and when you need to delete a contact from Hello, simply tap on the person’s name, then tap on the last meeting entry you made for that person, and then scroll down the resulting page and tap the red “Delete the Meeting” button.

adding contacts on iphone


You can also of course add Hello contacts to your permanent address book on your iPhone by tapping on the address book icon.

adding contacts on iphone

Sending Your Contact Information

What’s also unique about Evernote Hello is that after collecting a contact’s profile information, you get the option to send your profile information stored in Hello to the address you just inputted for the contact. This is saves the contact the trouble of collecting information from you.

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Also in version 2.0, you can wirelessly exchange your profile with other Hello users. I haven’t had the opportunity to use this feature yet, but while I was writing this article I did get a request from someone to share my profile information while I was typing in my home office. I’m not sure if this is a bug or if requests can be made over Wi-Fi. Evernote makes it seem as though this request can only be done when you’re in close proximity with other Hello users. I did not accept the request because the feature does not indicate whom I’m exchanging information with.

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The redesign and update of Evernote Hello makes it probably the best app in this genre. There are very few other apps like it, and it is one that I highly recommend for any iPhone user. If you download the 2.0 version of the app, please let us know what you think of it.

Are there any additional features you would like to see added?

Related topics: Contact Management, Evernote.

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  1. ReinaldoeCase13
    May 29, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I like Evernote and usually use it on my iPad and iPhone. As for manage contacts, I use FonePaw iOS Transfer on my PC. The functions are good and the transfer speed is fast.

  2. JZ
    February 27, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I wish it would just scan my address book, Facebook, and linkedin right away so I could import all of my contacts quickly and easily, and then add additional information later.

  3. Sofye
    February 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Evernote it's an interesting app. I'm an iPad user and I use this app but also Beesy. At meeting it's a very good tool thanks to the version 1.50 , now I can import documents Word and make annotation, it's more easy.


    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 19, 2013 at 4:28 am

      Thanks for sharing, Sofye.

  4. Martin Cheng
    February 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Sorry you were having problems with the card scanning.

    The LED was meant to help get a more even image of the card and as a hint for users with glossy cards. When you scan business cards, tilt the camera at a slight angle and watch where the LED shines. If it is washing out the text, then the resulting image will be the same and most likely the app won't be able to recognize anything.

    Try angling the phone so the LED doesn't wash out the text. Our image correction algorithms will automatically compensate and straighten out the image.

    If you have any other issues or feedback, let us know in the Evernote forums. We love to hear how we can make the app better for you and your readers.

    // Martin
    Product Manager, Evernote Hello

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 16, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      Martin, thanks for your clarification and suggestions. This will be helpful to our readers.

  5. mynah
    February 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    This might be a German or European problem: here it is not acceptable, or at least very awkward, to snap a photo of someone you have just met.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      I agree, mynah. I doubt most people use that feature unless they run into someone else with the app. If I got to know a new contact well enough I might ask, but it really would be awkward otherwise.

  6. Mac Witty
    February 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I have also tried to scan cards with the camera but couldn't get it to work. Thought I did something wrong why I'm, a bit of, pleased to hear I'm not alone. Otherwise, yes it is a great app

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Yeah, it seems that type of scanning technology is a little advance. It probably works better on non-glossy cards with high contrast letters.

  7. Kelly Habermehl
    February 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Um, I use Evernote on an Android.

    • Mac Witty
      February 14, 2013 at 10:10 am

      How is the Android version of Hello?

      • Kelly Habermehl
        February 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

        Well, now that you mention it, (since I just learned there is such a thing) I guess I should try it! I was being snarky because I assumed since it wasn't mentioned in the article, it didn't exist, as often is the case with Android. Silly me. Thanks for redirecting my attention.

  8. michel
    February 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    It's a shame Evernote has pretty much become an Apple developer, ignoring Windows - where it started - so obviously.

    • Sam
      February 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Well, there are many who manage iPhones with a PC (just like me) ;) But, I am a little old school and don't appreciate cloud services that much. Therefore, I stick to desktop apps to manage my contacts. My current favorite is this one - http://www.copytrans.net/copytranscontacts.php. It does a great job when it comes to cleaning up and transferring my iPhone contacts to Outlook.

      • michel
        February 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        I don't even use Outlook. And last time I looked, the iPhone was an Apple product. I realize the article is specifically about an iPhone app, but that's just my point - when was the last time Evernote did ANYTHING for their windows app? Yet mac and ios enhancements come fast and furious.

        Hence, they are an Apple developer. I suspect they'd be happy to close down the windows side altogether.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 14, 2013 at 2:46 am

      Michel, what is Evernote not doing for the Windows side?

      • michel
        February 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        First, no update to its ugly interface for quite some time. Of course aesthetics are not functionality, but just because it’s not on a mac doesn’t mean we don’t care for a pleasant working environment (which I would argue is important for productivity).

        Then, no card view. Mac has had this for a while. Type-ahead search, recent search and related notes, all missing from windows.

        It’s possible I’m wrong about this, I gave up on Evernote a while ago, and since then have only heard of Mac updates. Not a single significant Windows update in (maybe?) two years? Meanwhile, all kinds of stuff for mac and ios, and their CEO gushes about how much he loves his Apple products. In a photo of the Evernote office, not a single windows desktop in sight.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          February 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm

          Michel, thanks for the feedback. I don't of course use a PC or Windows, so I had no idea how different Evernote was on that platform. It's interesting they are not going after the larger PC market, as well as Apple users.