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thebark4 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Sep 24, 2010 9:21 AM
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)
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Sep 24, 2010 9:25 AM (in response to thebark4)
    Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Contacts > Sort Order and Display Order.
     MacBook Pro 15" Intel Core 2 Duo/2.53GHz/4GB RAM/500GB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.4),  iPod w/Video 30GB,  iPhone 4 32GB
  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Sep 25, 2010 6:12 AM (in response to thebark4)
    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

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  • Theo Gluck Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Oct 3, 2010 4:32 PM (in response to Dave Hutch)
    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
    MAC mini, iOS 4, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 4GB DDR3; 20" HD Cinema Display; iSight;
  • Logical1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 6:35 AM (in response to Theo Gluck)
    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? ...
    PC, iOS 4
  • bdcustoms Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 4, 2010 8:56 PM (in response to Logical1)
    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
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Russ Porter Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 5, 2010 12:08 PM (in response to bdcustoms)
    I was having the same problem, and that worked for me. Thank you!
    PowerBook G4, MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), iPhone, Nano
  • bdcustoms Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 5, 2010 10:33 PM (in response to bdcustoms)
    Just to give an update to this post my contacts are still holding strong. Everything seems to be functioning properly.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Daniel Corban Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 8, 2011 8:51 AM (in response to thebark4)
    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.
    iOS 4
  • from_champaign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 22, 2011 11:14 PM (in response to Daniel Corban)

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

  • carlz4154 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 6:20 AM (in response to bdcustoms)

    Thank you so much. It worked.

    Thanks again.

  • Mbrad Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 21, 2013 12:44 PM (in response to thebark4)

    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!

  • TJBUSMC1973 Level 5 Level 5 (4,655 points)
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    Aug 21, 2013 12:46 PM (in response to Mbrad)

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

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