How to Edit the 3D Touch Shortcut Menus for Messages & FaceTime


If you are unhappy with the options in the 3D Touch shortcut menus, you can edit the choices for a few apps, for example , the Messages and FaceTime. This post is going to show you how to change the contacts that appear when you do a hard press on the app icons and activate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

FaceTime simply shows the three contacts you’ve talked to most recently, so if you want to change the list, you’ll need to call someone else. They will then appear at the top of the menu and push someone else off the bottom.

But what about Messages? Our experiments suggest that Messages bases its offering on who iOS 9’s Proactive feature thinks you’re likely to message next – often we find that the listing changes between opening another app and coming back to the Home screen, even if we’ve done nothing in the Messages app in the mean time.

It’s basing this on who you’ve messaged recently, but also on who you tend to message around this time of day and potentially, if you’ve allowed certain location-based options, who you tend to message from this location.


As with FaceTime, sending lots of messages to a certain person is a pretty surefire way of getting their contact added to Messages’ shortcut menu – but you might find the procedure a bit less transparent because the Proactive feature is trying to take other factors into account.

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