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thebark4 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
How do I set the sorting order in contacts on my iPhone 4 so they are alphabetical by LAST name? I have reset this at least six times since I activated the phone on Monday and they revert back to FIRST name first.

Thanks!

iMac (20"), Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • 1. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)
    Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Contacts > Sort Order and Display Order.
  • 2. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    thebark4 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    That is what I thought but no matter what I select, the order is reversed the next time open my contacts.
    Thanks.
  • 3. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,460 points)
    Sort by first name, last name - Display by first name last name:
    John Doe Prof.

    Sort by last Name, first name - Display by first name last name:
    John Doe Prof.

    Sort by last name, first name - Display by last name, first name:
    Doe John Prof

    Sort by first name, last name - Display by last name, first name:
    Doe John Prof

    Entries are filed under the Bold name
  • 4. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    thebark4 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks for the help. Got it sorted out!!
  • 5. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    Theo Gluck Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Does not work for me. Just update from iPhone3G to iPhone 4 (w/4.1). I have done the order sorting as noted below AND as already established on my iPhone 3G and yet the sort order does not work. Interestingly enough we also just got a new iPhone Touch and the same issue is on there as well even though the Address Book settings on the respective desktop rigs are set as display Last Name first, and then with the first name after the last name
  • 6. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    Logical1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same for me. Won't sort Last name first no matter what I do. To make it worse, when we upgraded the 3Gs OS to the 4.1, we lost ALL contacts on both phone and PC. Two days later, we have a jumbled list back, including lots of duplicates, but...

    Sure wish someone had a solution that actually worked - more than in theory. Is this an Apple issue or? ...
  • 7. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    bdcustoms Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This might be an anomoly but I did the following steps and mine seems to be fixed. No deleting or syncing required...

    1) Check to make sure your contact are sorted correctly in your online mobile me account if you have one.
    2) Goto settings/mail,contacts, etc. Select *Fetch New Data* Turn off push. Then back on.
    3) Go back to *mail,contacts, etc* Go down to the sort options and change them to the desired setting.
    4) Go into the contact area asn at first it will look like its still incorrect but use the letter scrub bar on the right side and as your rapidly scrolling your contacts you should see them sort correctly before your eyes. Sounds weird but it mine seem to be sorted properly now.

    Hope this helps you.

    Message was edited by: bdcustoms
  • 8. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    Russ Porter Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I was having the same problem, and that worked for me. Thank you!
  • 9. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    bdcustoms Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just to give an update to this post my contacts are still holding strong. Everything seems to be functioning properly.
  • 10. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    Daniel Corban Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I had this problem and a google search brought me here so I thought I would share my fix.

    Reboot the phone. Power it off completely, then power back on.

    I couldn't get the sort order to stick. I would change it, but opening contacts showed the old sorting method. Rebooting the phone with no other changes fixed it.
  • 11. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    from_champaign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the tip on rebooting the phone to make changes to sort order take effect!

  • 12. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    carlz4154 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much. It worked.

    Thanks again.

  • 13. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    Mbrad Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I have no problem with this on my iPhone or iPad contacts list, but how do you change the display order of the contacts list on a MacBook?

     

    Thanks all!

  • 14. Re: Contacts Sort Order
    TJBUSMC1973 Level 5 Level 5 (5,185 points)

    Perhaps you should post that question here: https://discussions.apple.com/community/notebooks

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