I have a Motorola Droid. Does anyone know how to make the last name appear first in the contacts list?
Go into Gmail on your PC. For each entry you need to change the name to "Last name, First name" i.e. Smith, John.
You cannot do it all at once. You have to edit each entry that way. Another Google flaw but it can be done.
I think it can be done if exporting the contacts from Outlook to a .csv file. After export open the .csv file and change the column names around.
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I have 300+ contacts in my phone so changing them one by one would take quite a while. Maybe in a future update they could include a way to do it on the phone. I know I could do this on my Blackberry. I wonder why Google didn't include such a simple feature in the program.
If that's a feature you would like to see there is a link available where you can suggest to Google what features you would want in future updates. Sorry, I don't know the link maybe someone else can provide or you can do a google search.
I kept thinking about this thread and I wonder what the op needed last names first for. If you are searching for a name you can just use the search, microphone and say the last name. It should bring up the contact for you. There may not be a need with a Google phone to have this feature.
Ok, so now that Dialer One no longer allows sorting by last name, any other apps still offer this feature?
I know that people say you can search for the last name, but if you think about the way most people use a phone when they are making a call (one handed, holding the phone vertically and navigating with their thumb), having to type in several letters is much more cumbersome than speed scrolling to the first letter of the last name (using a side ribbon), and then kinetic scrolling down to the desired contact. Particularly for people who know their contact list well and are used to doing this on almost any other modern smartphone. It seems like an amazing regression to remove this feature and then expect someone to change the way they find their contacts when it is so incredibly simple to simply allow the user to view by last names first.
Since the latest update to 2.2, you have the ability to sort your contacts by last name. Open contacts, tap menu, display options, "sort list by", last name.
Then change "view contact names as" to "last name first".
And you're done!