How to Sort the Address Book on Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

The Android phone’s address book displays contacts in a certain order, such as alphabetically by first name first. You can change the order to whatever you like by following these steps:

  1. Open the phone’s address book app.

    It’s named either People or Contacts.

  2. Touch the Action Overflow icon and choose Settings.

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    On some phones, touch the Menu icon instead of the Action Overflow icon.

  3. Choose Sort List By to specify how contacts are sorted: by First Name or Last Name.

    If you don’t see the Sort List By command, choose the Display Options command first. The Sort List By command might also be titled List By.

  4. Choose View Contact Names to specify how the contacts appear in the list: First Name First or Last Name First.

    This option might be named Display Contacts By on some phones. Also, some phones may use Given Name and Family Name instead of First Name and Last Name.

The address book is updated, displayed per your preferences.

  • You can’t mess up the address book sorting or display options. Whatever works for you is great.

  • The way the name is displayed doesn’t affect the sort order. So if you choose First Name First as well as Last Name for the sort order, you still see the list sorted by last name.