Sort iPhone Contacts By First Name

The iPhone, by default, sorts contact names alphabetically by last name. If you prefer, you can have the iPhone sort contacts by first name, instead.

Open Settings and tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars". Scroll down to the Contacts section and tap "Sort Order". Then, tap "First, Last".

You may have noticed the Display Order setting (below Sort Order). This is used to determine if names are displayed first name first ("John Hancock") or last name first ("Hancock John").

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Reader Comments (23)

Great Tips. Thanks

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergadgets

THANK YOU! This was driving me CRAZY! =]

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJP

it works

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercycclej

Thank you, it's just what I wanted for my Ipad.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersybil

Thanks a lot

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenters_kum

Thank you!

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Its work :) Thanks for your tips ..

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlshe Dupur

i have tried it but still not working

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersnair

Thank you very much !!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenis

Thanks matey! worked a TREAT!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme

Thank you!!! God Bless :)

November 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn Elizabeth

Thank you so much - it was driving me daft

January 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli


January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeyton

Thanks a lot! Worked perfectly!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSasha

Hmm, I have a new iPhone and I did this
Open Settings and tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars". Scroll down to the Contacts section and tap "Sort Order". Then, tap "First, Last".
It makes no difference if I set it Last, First or First, Last -- it stays Last, First. Any thoughts? Thanks

February 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCedric

@Cedric after making the changes power your phone off and turn back on. Mine didn't change either until I did this.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose

This is very useful. Thanks!

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCD

Thank you for the help. Have been looking for this setting for hours. Thank you again.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Thank youuuuuu!

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterL

Thank you!! : )

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

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