9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 4, 2010 8:58 AM by mrhex
James C Austin Level 1 Level 1
Anyone else experience this? Certain contacts just don't appear in the list when I try to browse or search from within "Contacts" (whether accessed from the phone or from the Contacts app). But when I search the whole iPhone (right-swipe from home screen then enter the name), there it is!

Any idea how to fix this?

IPhone 4, iOS 4, Latest update
  • Fraenk2k2 Level 1 Level 1
    Yes, same problem here. Most of the time it happens when I save the contact's information via another app for example from the sms app or from the business card reader app i have. But I have no idea how to fix this!
  • Michael Knox Level 1 Level 1
    I just noticed the same thing, but discovered why in my case.

    Some of my contacts have a professional designation after their name (i.e. P.Eng. for Professional Engineer). In the source contact (originally Outlook and now Google Contacts) it shows correctly with First Name, Middle Name, Last Name and Suffix fields all correct. It sorts by Last Name, First Name. But when it syncs across to the iPhone, for some reason the Contacts app sorts by Suffix, First Name!

    I found people doing a Spotlight Search, but they didn't seem to be in Contacts! Turns out, all my P.Eng. contacts were right there under "P".

    I can't seem to find a way around this short of deleting all of the Suffix fields from my contacts. As I say, the source document is absolutely correct.

  • rkcrawf Level 1 Level 1
    I'm having the same problem. I can duplicate it from the OS (i.e., it's iOS4, not a 3rd party issue).

    To duplicate, save a phone number to a new contact from the Messages or recent call list. The contact will be saved without an "edit" button. When you go to the "Concacts" application, the contact will not be listed. The only way to find the contact is through Spotlight or the Messages application.

    I can reproduce on iPhone iOS4 synced with Mac. No idea if it happens on the PC-iPhones.
  • Don G. Lamparski, Jr. Level 1 Level 1
    same problem...Apple please fix!
  • Pgyokeres Level 1 Level 1
    I have also noticed this. I'll create a contact from a recent call list or email and then I cant find it in the contacts list. I'll then open contacts, create a new contact with the same information and it will tell me there is duplicate info in two cards. One is the contact I just created, on is in a card labeled exchange. I'm using an exchange push for gmail, but that contact did NOT appear in my gmail contacts at all. I have not synched up my contacts with gmail. I use outlook to manage them.
    It's not a deal breaker, but it has pinched me a couple of times and it's baffling. Any ideas? My wife has a 3G on ios4 and is not using push gmail. Her phone does not lose the co tact and it can be deleted. So it's a push or exchange issue for me.
  • pdent Level 1 Level 1
    I don't care, Peach. Fix your mess, right now!
    I'm tired of 'holding it different', tired of your Spotlight Search for locating my lost contacts!
    You think I paid you for the iPhone to make my life harder??
    You've had more than 6 months to fix that and still working on Game Center??!?!?!
    What a rotten piece of fruit!
  • tshen Level 1 Level 1
    In my case any contact that is in a group doesn't appear in "all contacts." Same for Favorites and Recents.
  • P. Verbrugge Level 1 Level 1
    Same problem here with my old 3GS. My wife can not update or add contacts in the address book. Somehow it's not being saved at all! This really *****.
  • mrhex Level 1 Level 1
    I have the same problem here. Contacts don't appear in the contact list, but if I use spotlight search, they're there.