Change How Your iPhone 5 Contacts are Sorted in iOS 7

When you have a lot of contacts on your iPhone 5, it can be difficult to find someone that you don’t contact very often. This is particularly noticeable when you only know someone’s first name and your contacts are sorted by last name, or vice versa. Fortunately this is a customizable setting on your iPhone 5 in iOS 7, which can make it much easier to locate the correct contact. So if your contacts are sorted by last name and you need to find someone by their first name, then you can follow the steps below to change your contact sorting.

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Sort By First Name or Last Name in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

This is a setting that you can change as needed, so if you prefer to have your contacts sorted by first name, but you have a specific situation where you need to sort by last name, you can simply switch the sort type, find the contact, then go back and switch it back to your preferred sorting method. Additionally, the Spotlight Search feature that you can access by pulling down on your home screen will allow you to search for contacts by either name as well.

open spotlight search to find contacts


Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option.

open the mail, contacts, calendars menu



Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and touch the Sort Order option.

touch the sort order button



Step 4: Select your preferred method of contact sorting.

how to change the sort order in ios 7 on the iphone 5



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