Organize your contacts better with these settings

If you want to better organize your contact list on the iPhone, in this post we are going to show you some settings and configurations that may be useful to you. These are very simple parameters, and in just a few steps you will be able to get more out of the native iPhone Contacts app.

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When we begin to have a large number of contacts, there are several things that we must take into account if we want to have our agenda organized. The first one is where the contacts will be saved and synchronized. This is very important because, if we are going to change iPhone, we want all our calendar to be available and with all the data in one place. So you don’t have to go rescuing contacts and accounts from one site and another.

Another element that must be kept in hand is how we want our contact list to look and be organized. From the Contacts or Telephone application, we can order the list of names and surnames so that we can see them in a more comfortable format. But also, to optimize their searches. Both sections are in Settings > Contacts. And in that category of settings we will see the following elements:

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  • accounts: Allows you to see the mail accounts and services that have access to the contacts.
  • sort by: Allows you to sort the list in alphabetical order of the first surname that we have for the contact.
  • Show as: reverses the order of first name-last name, so that we see them first
  • Short name: this option allows you to change the display format of contact names
  • My data: in this section we can select a contact file so that the iPhone knows who we are
  • default account: allows the iPhone to use an internet account to synchronize contacts on the different devices where we have logged in with that account
  • Import SIM contacts: in the case of having an iPhone with a physical SIM tray, we can copy all the contacts from the card to the iPhone memory

An important note to make in the Default Account setting. In this case that we show you, only Gmail and iCloud appear. However, depending on the accounts you have on your iPhone, these options may vary. What happens with this type of internet accounts is that they allow contacts to be synchronized with all types of compatible devices. That is to say, if we have a Gmail account to synchronize contacts on the iPhone, and in turn we have this same account on a Windows PC, it will be Gmail who will synchronize the contacts.

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The Short Name setting has several formatting options. To activate these options, the first thing we will have to do is activate the Short name option. Once we have done it, we will be able to choose how the contacts are displayed on the screen, far beyond the name-surname order (and vice versa). We can select if we only want to see the first name, only the last name or combinations with initials. Also, a very interesting option is Prefer aliases. This option will show us on the screen, when required for reasons of space, that only the nickname with which we have saved the contact is shown.