How to Sort Contacts by First Name on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

By default, the contacts are sorted by the last name. However, you have the option to change the sort order in the Contacts app not only on Mac but also on iPhone and iPad.


There are multiple ways to manage contacts and keep them in the right sync. The one little trick that I’ve been using for long is customizing the pecking order. Personally; I like to sort my contacts by the first name as it helps me find them a tad easier.

By default, the contacts are segregated by the last name. However, it’s quite simple to change the order and sort them by the first name both on iOS and macOS device. Find out how it’s done the quick way!

How to Change the Sort Order of Your Contacts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Sort iPhone Contacts By First Name

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device and tap on Contacts.

Open Settings and tap on Contacts on iPhone

Step #2. Now, tap on Sort Order.

Tap on Sort Order in iPhone Contacts Settings

Step #3. Now, you have two options:

  • First, Last
  • Last, First

We are going to sort the contacts by the first name. So, choose First, Last.

Sort Your Contacts by First Name on iPhone, iPad

Now, head over to your Contacts app to check out the sort order. The first name will be highlighted.

Customizing the sort out order in Contacts on Mac is not complex either. Read on…

Sort Your Contacts By First Name on Mac

Step #1. Open Contacts app on your Mac.

Open Contacts app on Mac

Step #2. Now, click on the Contacts menu and choose Preferences.

Click on Contacts menu and choose Preferences on Mac

Step #3. Next, click on Sort By drop-down menu and choose the First Name.

Sort Your Contacts By First Name on Mac

The change will come into effect instantly. You can open the Contacts to see the new format.

Wrapping Up…

If you have tons of contacts in your address book, managing them manually could be a tedious task. That’s why it’s better to take the help of third-party contact managers to spot the duplicates and eliminate them quickly. Besides, they also come in handy for keeping the entire address book fully organized.

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