Sorting contacts...

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by btallada9870, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    Is there any way to get your contacts to sort by their first name instead of their last? If not, would it work if I just put the first and last name in the first name space?
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Settings > Phone.

    Under "Contacts":

    You can change both Sort and Display order.
  3. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    isn't the default setting to sort it by first name? you can change it in the "phone" settings if it isn't already sorted that way.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    I don't have an iPhone yet. I'm getting it Friday though!!! I was just wondering because in any of the pictures, i never saw it sorted by first name
  5. macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    The other thing you can do that I did was to set up in my Address Book or in your Contacts in Outlook, Groups (Subfolders in outlook) and so when you choose what to sync, I sync my iPhone list which is all the contacts I want on my phone, but then also the subgroups of that, Friends, Family, Biz (which I use for places I call now and then - pizza, golf tee times, electrician, etc) and Freqs, so that I can go into a subgroup instead of scrolling through all my contacts.
  6. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    the default setting is to sort by first name, though you can change that. you can also choose to show last name first if desired.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2006
    Southington, CT
    I really hope you will be able to sort by company in future updates.. or at least search. My dad is getting pretty mad that he can't do that. He has way to many contacts to go through. Even with the shortcut of jumping to the first letter, it's still 4 or 5 flicks to find the person. I told him we could maybe use groups, but still... that would be a group for every company? or I don't even know. Also, I don't know if Entourage supports groups. He isn't going to want to use Address Book.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    Good post.

    I didn't know that and was wondering the same thing.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2009
    Just in case anyone else can't find it here, try

    "Settings" > "Mail, Contacts, Calendar"

    Then scroll down to the Contacts section and click on "Sort Order" - that's where it is on my 16G 3GS
  10. macrumors newbie


    Jun 12, 2009
    Whitehouse, TX

    Download the App "Groups". It is hands down, the best contact organizing application I have found.
  11. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    If he taps the home button so search comes up and types the company name it'll list people with that in th copany field in the address book ;)
  12. macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2011
    Contacts list: sort first name first, & in bold black

    Here's a "full fix" that worked for me:
    > Settings (icon)
    > Mail, Contacts, Calendar
    - Scroll down to "Contacts" box
    > Sort Order
    > "First, Last"
    Return to "Mail, Contacts, Calendar" and scroll down again to "Contacts" box
    > Display Order
    > "First, Last"

    Warning: do not choose the "Phone" icon" on the main icon screen, or the "Phone" choice within Settings. I didn't see any way to get to "Sort Order" or "Display Order" when I started from either of those choices.

    Note: If you make a choice under "Sort Order" but not under "Display Order", the Contacts List WILL appear in "first name first" order, but the first name will appear in light grey, and the last name will be in bold black. That is confusing to look at. By choosing "First, Last" under both "Sort Order" and "Display Order", the first name will BOTH appear first and appear in bold black.

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