DATA DOCTORS

Here are tips for finding recently added contacts in your iPhone

Sep 3, 2022, 5:45 AM
(Pexels Photo)...
(Pexels Photo)
(Pexels Photo)

Q: I recently met someone very important who added themselves to my iPhone’s address book, but I can’t remember their name or find any way to see recently added contacts.

A: For as sophisticated as Apple is in developing operating systems and apps, the Contacts app is a rather basic tool that has essentially lost functionality over the years.

In past versions of the app, there was a “Recents” option much like there is in the Phone app that shows your recent call and made this task easy.

The “Recents” tab in the Phone app will only show you activity if you recently interacted with the contact, so if all they did was add themselves to your contact list, it won’t show up there.

One tip for the future is to either send a quick text message or call them while you are together to ensure that the information entered is correct and so it will show up as recent activity in your messaging or phone app.

Another tip is to get in the habit of adding important contacts to “Favorites” right after they’ve been saved so you can easily access them later.

Option 1: Third-Party Apps

As this small but important function is lacking in Contacts, several developers have created apps that are available in the App Store that solve this problem.

A free app that’s essentially a one-trick-pony is called “Recent Contacts Newest Digits” from a developer called Plexus Studios.

Once you download it, there are only two options for viewing your contacts – Newest or A-Z.

If you need more detailed information about when a contact was created or modified, there is another app called Recent Contacts from Kyle Gorlick that costs $2.99.

Option 2: Create a Shortcut

This approach might get a little too complicated for those not familiar with the iOS Shortcut app, but you can create a shortcut based on the action of “Find Contacts”.

In the Shortcuts app, click on the + sign in the upper right corner, then on the “Add Action” button.  Click on the “Apps” category on the right and scroll down to “Contacts” to open the action options.

Tap “Find Contacts” and change the “Sort by” option from “None” to “Creation Date”.  Next, change the “Order” from “Oldest Firs”’ to “Latest First”, then turn on the “Limit” switch and choose how many contacts you want it to pull up.

If you don’t do this, it will take much longer as it will have to sort your entire contact list instead of stopping when it finds the last 5 contacts added, for instance.

You can test the shortcut by tapping the play icon on the bottom right corner of the screen.  Depending upon how large your contact list is, it may take a minute or so, but when it does finish, you get the most recently added records in chronological order.

You can change the view of the list by tapping one of the three icons just below the contact being displayed.

If this is something you’ll often do, you can also add the shortcut to your home screen.

Data Doctors

(Facebook Photo/Otter Voice Meeting Notes)...
Data Doctors

Here are some tips for using free voice recognition software

Today’s voice recognition technology is far from perfected, but if you’re willing to spend the time training yourself, it can be useful.
3 days ago
Jumper cables are jammed to a car battery. Photo: Christophe Gateau/dpa (Photo by Christophe Gateau...
Ken Colburn, Data Doctors

Here are tips for buying car battery jumper packs

The starting price of these battery packs is so cost-effective, it’s kind of a no-brainer to have one for each car in your family.
10 days ago
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)...
Data Doctors

Here is how long different iPhone support services last

Different versions of iPhone support services can last longer than others, so here's a list of how long repair, iOS and app support lasts.
17 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Data Doctors

What to do with random PayPal security messages

If you are getting ‘security codes’ from a standard 10-digit phone number, it isn’t PayPal at all.
24 days ago
In this photo illustration the logo and search page of the multi-facetted internet giant Google is ...
Ken Colburn, Data Doctors

How to better examine your Google search sources

Now, more than ever, it’s important to know the source of information you find online and there's a handful of ways to clean up your Google search.
1 month ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Data Doctors

Smartphone cases, other factors could be the reason your phone is overheating

There are a few variables that could be the reason your smartphone is overheating -- here's what you can do to prevent it.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Here are tips for finding recently added contacts in your iPhone