Create contact groups, sort your contact by first name, and more practical tips for your contact list on the iPhone 5.

1. Group your contacts on iCloud
I find this feature super useful as it helps me create separate groups for my work contacts and friends. To create contact groups, simply log into your iCloud account. View “All Contacts” and click on the red ribbon groups icon at the top of the screen.  Then click the + button to create a new group and assign a name to the group. Then go back to “All Contacts” and drag and drop a contact from the list into new group folder on the left. The new contact groups should automatically sync to your iPhone 5 and you can view them by visiting the Contacts app.

2. Sync Your Facebook Contacts with your iOS contacts
Syncing your Facebook friends with your iPhone contacts is a great way to make your address book more robust. Facebook sync automatically adds profile pictures, email addresses, phone numbers and any additional information to your contact list. To sync your Facebook contacts on the iPhone 5, go to Settings>Facebook>Login>Update Contacts.

3. Sort Contacts by First Name
The iPhone 5, by default, sorts and displays contacts by their last name. However, I find it easier (and more personal) to have my contacts sorted by first name. There’s an easy way to change this default setting. Go to Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Contacts>Sort Order. You can then select the “First, Last” setting.

4. Merge Duplicate Contacts
I synced my Facebook friends and my work account contacts with my iPhone contacts, which resulted in several duplicate contacts in my address book. I ignored my messy contact list for the longest time until I realized that there’s a simple solution to the problem  — you can just merge duplicate contacts instead of wasting time sorting through you list and deleting each one. To do so, select a duplicate contact in your list. Hit “Edit” and scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap on “Link Contact.” You can then select the contact you would like to merge the other contact with.

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32 Responses

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    This information is really very helpful . I will surely share this with my friends also . Keep good going .

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  2. Tino

    How do I remove the Alphabet letter in the contact list? I.e;; I only want to see my contacts in alphabetical order, but I do not want to see the letter A or B or, etc.

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    • TheiPhoneMom
      TheiPhoneMom

      I don’t think you can take off the letters…seems to be apples settings.

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  4. Dale

    If i have a contact with two numbers (work and mobile), is there a way to display which number sent the text, not just the name of the contact?

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    • TheiPhoneMom
      TheiPhoneMom

      Hi Dale, I have not found a way to do this but once you receive a text you can find out which number sent it: On the top right of the message press “contact”, than press the “i”. That will take you to your contact’s info page. The number in blue is the number the text was sent from. Hope that helps!

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  5. carl

    When I try to find a contact in the search bar it goes grey and the key board doesn’t pop up. Has it been turned off. I have looked in setting but doesn’t seem to be a reason there. Help?

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    • TheiPhoneMom
      TheiPhoneMom

      Carl, I just tried looking for a contact and it worked. Try this. Go to settings, general. Spotlight search. Make sure contacts is checked. Go back to home screen, tap and drag down in the middle for the search bar. Try to search for a contact now. See if that works!

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  6. Alex

    Hi Mom, thanks for this. In this day and age we still have to sync to create contact groups? This is a VERY basic requirement and you’d think by now they would have that functionality built in! Thanks for your helpful tips!

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  7. Bob

    How do I get the business information of a contact to show up first in my contacts rather than their first name. Everytime i add a company name to my contacts with a contact name, the contact name shows up as the contact rather than the business name. It’s frustrating. Please help.

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    • TheiPhoneMom
      TheiPhoneMom

      Hi Bob, You would need to use a third part app to sort by contacts rather tan name. The other options are to create groups (see post) with a specific company or to use your device’s search bar and type the company name — the contact’s with that company will pop up. Hope that helps!

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      • Bob

        Thanks for your help. What’s weird is that it used to work. If I typed a contact name first and then the persons business name, it was show up with his contact name first. But if I entered a business name first and before entering the contact name, I was select done, then edit again and add the contact name, the business name would show up as primary. But that doesn’t seem to work anymore.

  8. Justin Barracosa

    Great post!
    My question: is it possible to list a given contact several times in my contact list, and by several attributes?
    For example, suppose I want to look up my family doctor, “Mike Smith.” My contacts has him sorted under “M” or “S” but suppose for whatever reason, I want to ALSO find him under “D ” for doctor.
    Is there anyway to have contacts listed several times like this?
    Thanks!
    Justin – mmafightmag.com

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