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Best iPhone Apps to Manage Your Business Contacts

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The Rolodex and business card files are a rare sight these days, now that smartphones have become our primary device to sort, edit, and add our contacts. If you're a collector of business contacts, you may need advanced contact apps versus the standard iPhone contacts app to sort them all. 

These apps make networking easier by helping you organize hundreds of contacts. Read on for seven iPhone apps that help you organize your contacts, make new connections and grow your professional network.

Swapping business cards is a time-tested way to introduce yourself to a new business contact, but in the age of the smartphone, it's old-fashioned. Paper cards are easy to lose and inputting all that contact information into your phone's address book by hand is tedious.

With such apps as CamCard for iOS, turning a paper card into a digital contact is easy. Just point your iPhone camera at a business card and snap a photo. The app's text-recognition software pulls out the key details, including the person's name, phone number, email and business name, and it will update your address book automatically.

Sync.ME bills itself as a caller ID and spam blocker. It identifies incoming calls and warns you if one is from a known spammer. Also, it connects your friend's picture in Facebook, Twitter or Google+ in case you forget who a person is by name.

You can easily look up missed call numbers in a database of more than 1 billion numbers. If you pay $2.99 for the premium version, you get extra features, such as merging duplicate contacts, creating backups and background syncing.

Artificial intelligence can do so much for you these days, including keep track of your contacts on your phone. Cloze pulls from your apps (RingCentral, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Slack, Exchange, iCloud, Evernote, OneNote, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more) to create one profile for each of your contacts. It creates a file that includes your email communications, calls, files and social messages. It will remind you to restart fading relationships with clients, and your whole team can use it.

You can use CircleBack to scan business cards and save them as contacts. It also keeps job titles up-to-date. It cleans up duplicates and discovers new contacts in your Google, Microsoft and Exchange inboxes, and syncs across multiple platforms, including Salesforce, Facebook, Gmail and Exchange. You can also contribute data to the CircleBack community.

The FullContact address book syncs all sorts of accounts and platforms, including iOS, Mac, PC, Gmail, Exchange and Twitter. You can use it to combine Google Contacts, your phone's address book and social media profiles.

Contacts are backed up to the cloud and automatically de-duped. Plus, you can attach notes to contacts so you remember important details for the next time you make contact with a client or vendor. A premium option is also available.

A2Z Contacts is an intuitive, all-in-one contact manager that allows you sort your contacts into different groups for quick browsing and access. You can access contacts from iCloud, CardDAV, Facebook, Exchange and your mobile device. Creating a group allows you to send group messages through email, iMessage or SMS.

Other standout features include a favorites list that give you quick access to the contacts you call or message the most. You can clone contacts and groups to make into new groups without having to manually add the members.

If you're an avid user of Google but find it hard to keep Gmail and iPhone contacts accurate and consistent, Synctastic syncs your contacts from both sources. This two-way sync keeps contacts on both platforms updated, no matter which one you use to edit or add contacts. If there are duplicate contacts found during the initial sync, the program alerts you, and you decide if you want to merge them or delete one. This app is also compatible with A2Z Contacts.