To create what is called a “direct dial” shortcut go to your home screen and hold your finger down on an empty area until a prompt comes up. You will have to repeat this entire process for each person you wish to create a direct dial button for.
You should find an option along the lines of add item or shortcut. From there you should click Direct Dial. The picture usually looks like a file from a Rolodex with a picture of an android and a tiny phone. Then it will ask you to select a contact.
Choose the person by scrolling down the list or tapping the search bar (usually at the top) and typing in the name until it shows up. You will be prompted to choose between their mobile or home numbers if you have added both. The icon should show up on your home screen once this is done.
If you save a picture with the contact it will become the picture of this icon.
- longpress (hold down) on your homescreen
- tap shortcuts
- tap direct dial
- choose the contact
- choose the contact’s number