Contact Class

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Contains all available information about an individual contact.

Inheritance Hierarchy


Namespace:  Microsoft.Phone.UserData
Assembly:  Microsoft.Phone (in Microsoft.Phone.dll)


Public NotInheritable Class Contact
public sealed class Contact

The Contact type exposes the following members.


  Name Description
Accounts Gets the data sources associated with this contact.
Addresses Gets the addresses associated with this contact.
Birthdays Gets the birthdays associated with this contact.
Children Gets the children associated with this contact.
Companies Gets the companies associated with this contact.
CompleteName Gets the complete name associated with this contact.
DisplayName Gets the display name of the contact.
EmailAddresses Gets the email addresses associated with this contact.
IsPinnedToStart Gets a value that indicates whether the contact is pinned to the Start screen.
Notes Gets the notes associated with this contact.
PhoneNumbers Gets the phone numbers associated with this contact.
SignificantOthers Gets the significant others associated with this contact.
Websites Gets the websites associated with this contact.



  Name Description
Equals Determines whether the specified contact is equal to the current contact. (Overrides Object..::.Equals(Object).)
Finalize Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
GetHashCode Serves as a hash function for the contact type. (Overrides Object..::.GetHashCode()()().)
GetPicture Gets a picture of the contact.
GetType Gets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
MemberwiseClone Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
ToString Returns a string that represents the current contact. (Overrides Object..::.ToString()()().)



Windows Phone provides an aggregated view of the user’s contact data across the user's different accounts. Information can come from sources such as data entered in the phone itself, social networking sites, and other data service providers. Not all data from all service providers is exposed publicly through this API. The StorageKind enumeration lists the possible sources of data.

All individual Contact objects come from the SearchAsync method of the Contacts object.


If you use this API in your app, you must specify the following capabilities in the app manifest. Otherwise, your app might not work correctly or it might exit unexpectedly.


Windows Phone 8


Windows Phone 8

For more info, see App capabilities and hardware requirements for Windows Phone 8.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1


Windows Phone

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

See Also


Microsoft.Phone.UserData Namespace

Other Resources

Contacts and Calendar for Windows Phone 8

How to access contact data for Windows Phone 8