Understanding Front contacts


Front contacts allows your company to store and organize helpful customer information within Front, designed to provide a unified contact record that’s shared across the company, while also allowing users to preserve privacy around sensitive contacts. You can quickly see all conversations associated with a certain contact, make edits to a contact while viewing a conversation, and more.

Contact Manager

Front's Contact Manager is a full-screen directory where you’ll find both Company contacts and Private contacts, as well as search for other contacts from conversations that haven't yet been set as Company contacts or Private contacts.

Access the Contact Manager by clicking the Contacts icon at the top left of Front.

In addition to your Contact Manager, contact information can also be accessed via the Contact Details plugin in your inbox, which you can learn more about here.

Contact types

Automatic contacts

Front's contacts settings allows you to automatically save contacts for people you communicate with, if that's your preference. You can choose to automatically create contacts when you receive messages, send messages, both, or never. These automatic contact records are only visible to those with access to the conversations with the contacts. However, you can set these automatic contacts as Private or Company contacts. In the Contact Manager, automatic contacts can be found via search, and are not browsable as a master list.

Company contacts

Company Contacts are contacts that are shared across your entire company. They’re useful to store your internal team directory, your list of customers, or other contacts that everyone should have access to. To view them, click the Company Contacts section in the Contact Manager. When you create or edit contacts in the Company contacts section, you will update the contacts for all teammates.

Private contacts

Click My Contacts to view and manage all of your Private contacts. These contacts are only visible to you, helpful for storing contacts with information that shouldn't be shared with the rest of your company. 

Set as Company or Private contact

By default, automatically-created contacts are only accessible to teammates or Teams that have conversations with that contact. The Add to contacts button allows the user to change the visibility of the contact:

  • Add to Company contacts will add this contact to the Company contacts list in the Contacts Manager, and cause the contact to be shared with all teammates in the company.
  • Add to Private contacts will create a separate private copy of this contact and add to the user's My Contacts list in the Contacts Manager. This generates a new private contact copy that will only be visible to the teammate that created it.


Contact groups

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.

Add contacts

There are several ways to add contacts to Front, each described below.

Manually create a contact

Step 1

Open your Contact Manager, then click the blue-person icon at the top of your contacts list.

Step 2

Fill out the information for your 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. Be sure to select the correct access for this contact as either Company or Private, and Save when done.

Import contacts

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.

Contact integrations

Use Front's contact integrations to sync your external contacts with your Front contacts.

Contact API

Using our Contact API, you can automatically manage your contacts in Front.

View contact details

You can view contact details by clicking on any contact in the Contact Manager, or on any conversation in Front and opening the Contact Details panel on the far right. This panel contains all the saved information for this contact in Front; including their contact fields, the conversations you've had with them, and any notes you've written. Click here to learn more about Contact Details.

Edit contacts

From the Contact Manager

Step 1

Go to your Contact Manager and choose the contact you want to edit.

Step 2

Click Edit at the top right corner of the contact's details.

Step 3

Make the changes to the contact as needed and click Save.

From a conversation

Step 1

Click on a conversation and open the Contact Details plugin on the right.

Step 2

Hover on or click the item you want to edit, such as on the profile photo or the contact name, and you will see a pencil icon to edit the field.

Edit contact photos

There are three different ways that contact photos are added to Front contacts:

  1. Manually edit the contact: follow the edit steps above to edit the photo
  2. Automatically-created contact images: Front will attempt to fetch an external sender’s avatar if it is available
  3. Teammates adding their own contact images: teammates can upload their own avatars in their Front settings, and the image will be visible to the rest of the team

Merge contacts

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.

Delete contacts

To delete contacts individually, or in bulk, follow the steps here.

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