If your iPhone or iPad is displaying contact names in an unusual order with the last name before the first name (or vice versa,) you can fix it. Hereâ€™s how. This will change how names appear in Mail, Messages, Phone, Contacts, and other apps that obey this setting.
First, open â€œSettingsâ€� on your iPhone or iPad.
In â€œSettings,â€� scroll down and tap â€œContacts.â€�
In â€œContactsâ€� settings, tap â€œDisplay Order.â€�
In â€œDisplay Order,â€� you have two choices. â€œFirst, Lastâ€� displays first name, then last name. â€œLast, Firstâ€� displays last name, then first name. Choose whichever one you prefer.
The â€œShort Nameâ€� feature in the Contacts settings also determines how youâ€™ll see names in apps such as Mail. With â€œShort Nameâ€� enabled, the app may display only a first name instead of the full name order you just set.
To double-check, press back once to return to â€œContactsâ€� settings, then tap â€œShort Name.â€�
By default, â€œShort Nameâ€� is enabled. If youâ€™d like to see a full name with the order you just chose instead, tap the switch to turn â€œShort Nameâ€� off.
After that, tap back once, then exit â€œSettings.â€�
The next time you use an app that pulls information from your contacts (like Appleâ€™s Mail app), you will see the names in the order you just set. If you donâ€™t see the changes reflected yet, you might need to force restart the application first so it can reload the settings. To close a running app, launch the App Switcher and swipe the app up and off the screen. Tap the app icon to launch it again.
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