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  1. van_basten's Avatar
    On my Nexus 5 with Android 4.4.4, the phone dialer had a "All Contacts" tab which only displayed my google contacts with phone numbers. That's the way I like it since I have a few hundred contacts in my google account and only 20% of them have phone numbers.

    Now that I upgraded to Android 5, there is no "All Contact" tab in the dialer. Instead, there is a "Contacts" tab which basically show all my contacts with or without phone numbers. Setting "Contact to Display" in the "Contacts" app doesn't change the way Contact is being displayed in the dialer either. Is there any option to make the dialer to display only Contacts with phone number on Lollipop? Thanks.
    11-23-2014 01:19 PM
  2. squixy's Avatar
    Any solutions found?
    11-24-2014 02:45 PM
  3. AdrianFloresF's Avatar
    On my Nexus 5 with Android 4.4.4, the phone dialer had a "All Contacts" tab which only displayed my google contacts with phone numbers. That's the way I like it since I have a few hundred contacts in my google account and only 20% of them have phone numbers.

    Now that I upgraded to Android 5, there is no "All Contact" tab in the dialer. Instead, there is a "Contacts" tab which basically show all my contacts with or without phone numbers. Setting "Contact to Display" in the "Contacts" app doesn't change the way Contact is being displayed in the dialer either. Is there any option to make the dialer to display only Contacts with phone number on Lollipop? Thanks.
    I want to show only mobiles contacts too, I'm sure a lot of people do. Why would Google stop offering this option?
    11-24-2014 10:09 PM
  4. daihard2008's Avatar
    I want to show only mobiles contacts too, I'm sure a lot of people do. Why would Google stop offering this option?
    Just curious, how does the feature to show only mobile contacts in the dialer app help? I'm wondering because when I open the dialer, I always know who I want to call so type his/her name in the Search window. It will show matches with phone numbers. I just tap the right match.
    11-24-2014 10:36 PM
  5. yosifun's Avatar
    This has been an issue for me too, before Lollipop I was able to filter contacts without a number, now all of my contacts are shown..I hope Google will take notice of this and add this option in the future update.
    11-25-2014 06:10 AM
  6. AdrianFloresF's Avatar
    Just curious, how does the feature to show only mobile contacts in the dialer app help? I'm wondering because when I open the dialer, I always know who I want to call so type his/her name in the Search window. It will show matches with phone numbers. I just tap the right match.
    Maybe you're right, it's not that useful (I type the name too), but it just seems even more pointless to have Facebook contacts, Gmail contacts (with only email), etc. resulting in a huge contact list. If I want to send an email, I'll go to gmail and start tyiping the contact's name. If I want to find a facebook contact, I'll go to Facebook. It's not a big deal really, but I prefer a cleaner, shorter contact list.
    daihard2008, MadMadness and j_sagu like this.
    11-28-2014 12:54 PM
  7. hojaytee's Avatar
    I have the same complaint about Lollipop, and it's a two-fold reason.

    1) Pure aesthetics - It's nice to have a clean Contacts list which shows only the people I really care about. If you go to gmail Contacts, you can add people to "My Contacts", which is essentially Starring them as your close friends/most contacted. Then, in the phone app, you were given an option of which "List" you wanted to show, so I would only show the people I cared about most. Otherwise, it shows plenty of people who I may have emailed once 5 years ago, or who I don't even know but were part of a group message.

    2) Travel Lists - I typically sort my contacts in different ways, and one of them is by geographic location. When I travel to a different city, I used to be able to go to my contacts list on my phone, and select a list for that city. With it, I have a small list of people who I can call or text. I don't always remember who's in a city, so the Contacts list is my way of seeing "oh, Andrew and Steve and Emily all live here, maybe I should text them!"

    In addition, there is the personal preference of whether you like to scroll or whether you like to type. Typing requires a little more control and concentration (yes, only a tiny bit more, but there is a difference), and also maybe requires stretching your fingers to reach the right letter key. Scrolling is really, really lazy, and you can do it with less effort than typing. Also, it requires no concentration to find the right key (i.e. you can be doing something else while scrolling).
    daihard2008, MadMadness and j_sagu like this.
    12-05-2014 04:45 PM
  8. Derrickspencer's Avatar
    This issue has been with all Lollipop users. There is no any option to just show phone numbers on Android phones with Lollipop for now. I hope they will solve this issue in their next version.
    12-06-2014 05:50 AM
  9. MadMadness's Avatar
    I have the same complaint about Lollipop, and it's a two-fold reason.

    1) Pure aesthetics - It's nice to have a clean Contacts list which shows only the people I really care about. If you go to gmail Contacts, you can add people to "My Contacts", which is essentially Starring them as your close friends/most contacted. Then, in the phone app, you were given an option of which "List" you wanted to show, so I would only show the people I cared about most. Otherwise, it shows plenty of people who I may have emailed once 5 years ago, or who I don't even know but were part of a group message.

    2) Travel Lists - I typically sort my contacts in different ways, and one of them is by geographic location. When I travel to a different city, I used to be able to go to my contacts list on my phone, and select a list for that city. With it, I have a small list of people who I can call or text. I don't always remember who's in a city, so the Contacts list is my way of seeing "oh, Andrew and Steve and Emily all live here, maybe I should text them!"

    In addition, there is the personal preference of whether you like to scroll or whether you like to type. Typing requires a little more control and concentration (yes, only a tiny bit more, but there is a difference), and also maybe requires stretching your fingers to reach the right letter key. Scrolling is really, really lazy, and you can do it with less effort than typing. Also, it requires no concentration to find the right key (i.e. you can be doing something else while scrolling).
    Very well said!
    12-10-2014 01:24 PM
  10. milehigherik's Avatar
    So still no fix for this I take it...

    Posted via the Android Central App
    01-25-2015 10:50 PM
  11. AdrianFloresF's Avatar
    So still no fix for this I take it...

    Posted via the Android Central App
    There's no fix because it's not an issue. It's intended that way. I wish it wasn't too, but I can live with that.
    01-26-2015 06:14 PM
  12. Travis1701's Avatar
    There's no fix because it's not an issue. It's intended that way. I wish it wasn't too, but I can live with that.
    Actually, it is important. My car will only important a set number of contacts. Now that I have the Samsung S6, any can't show only contacts with numbers I have too many contacts. Each time my phone pairs with my car it fails to load contacts because there are to many. The only way I can voice dial from my car is to say the number now. Very annoying.
    04-10-2015 06:29 PM
  13. dotwalk's Avatar
    I also prefer to scroll. I don't remember names of some contacts I've saved, for ex different doctors offices, insurance numbers, random reps at companies whose names I can recognize in a list, but when I guess/ type, I get a whole list from the internet rather than the one specific number that I saved in my "All Contacts" list for a reason. Anyone figured out how to make a custom list of contacts?? My texting app still has this list, would love to have that available in phone.
    04-11-2015 12:05 AM
  14. gpo1956's Avatar
    There's no fix because it's not an issue. It's intended that way. I wish it wasn't too, but I can live with that.
    It's not an issue for you, so it's not an issue for any of the rest of us?
    Chriswaterguy likes this.
    04-11-2015 09:12 AM
  15. Rajeev Kumar Singh's Avatar
    I Had same Problem and I solve it it not 100% but ok for me atleast.

    I would say you must not use Google Contacts, just avoid it. Also use either Whatsapp contact or Skype this will help in having only phone no and not thus bulky email contacts. I hope this will help you out
    04-19-2015 12:56 AM
  16. TheStressMachine's Avatar
    I'm sure many of you have moved on, and usually I'm all all about evolving and adapting new design patterns, but this one is a no go for me (Got my new S6 a few days ago and this is the one thing I can't stand). I fully acknowledge that typing somebody's name in a contact list is the best way, but I'm still a scrolling kind of man, and even if I wasn't, I like the idea of a clean list. Additionally, my contact list for work (we use google apps) includes directory results so searching for "Chris" almost requires typing the full name. So I decided to write some code on the google platform to fix this problem (not an app, contact mgmt code), you guys can use it if you want.

    I figured that displaying only "My Contacts" from the custom option in lollipop is the best foundation for this, which makes sense in my head because any contact you create by hand (ex: quickly put a number into your phone) goes into that group, so obviously you want those to instantly be in your contact list. However, the downside to "My Contacts" is that google will decide to put other people in there. I don't know the exact logic they use, but randos seem to pop in there even if they don't have a phone number. A different/opposite disadvantage to using "My Contacts" is people outside of the "My Contacts" group that have a phone number but don't show up in the android list because I forgot to add them to the "My Contacts" group (usually people you start emailing, then decide to throw their number in later).

    SO

    My code can run every night and does the following:
    • Any person in "My Contacts" without a phone number is removed from that group.
    • Any person not in "My Contacts" but has a phone number is added to the group (public numbers in their Google+ profile don't count)
    • You can add any contact to a group called: "Disable Auto Grouping" (you would create it) to prevent the code from messing with it under any circumstance, just in case you want a numberless contact to stay on your android the list or visa versa.


    This is effectively the same functionality achieved in a more 90s batch processing sort of way, but now I have a nice clean list of contacts with phone numbers. If google decides to pop in a random person without a number, I pop that person back out (in theory anybody you remove will stay out).

    To get this to work for you, it's a few steps that may be intimidating if you've never seen code, but it's pretty easy
    • Go to this link to open the code.
    • If you want to test first (you should probably test first) to see what actions it would take, select "TestItFirst" from the drop down that says "Select Function" and then press the play button slightly to the left. It will ask you to authorize and if "manage your contacts" freaks you out, you can have your nerd friend read the code to assure you that it's not doing anything shady. After it's done (will take a few mins, see disclaimer), go to "View --> Logs" and it will list will be removed from My Contacts and who will be added in.
    • When you're ready, select "RunForReals" from that same dropdown and press the play button again. It will actually move stuff around...for reals.


    If you like what you see you can schedule it to run every night by going to "Resources --> Current Projects Triggers" and selecting "New Trigger". Be sure to select the "RunForReals" function when scheduling and don't schedule more often than once a day...you'll probably hit API limits.

    A few disclaimers:
    • I'm not a developer, so I'm sure experts would make fun of my code. It works for me, not guaranteed to work for you.
    • I tested this on a set of 600 contacts, if you have a lot of contacts I'm not sure if you'll hit limits in google or not.
    • Because the google API doesn't let me interact the way I want to, I could only accomplish this in what I consider a pretty inefficient manner. It takes about 2 minutes to process the 600 contacts I have, so do the math on the number of contacts you have.
    • During my testing I once got an error once that I was over the quota of how many API calls I could make per second. I coded a solution to take a breather if this happens, but never tested it because I couldn't get the error to happen again. If you get an error about being over a quota, just wait a few mins and try again.


    I'm sure most would see this as complete overkill (I certainly do), but I don't want a third party contact manager unless I wrote it myself (and I'm not smart enough to do that) and this is one of those things that drives me crazy enough to fix with a few lines of code.
    EvanWasHere likes this.
    04-22-2015 07:56 AM
  17. Rob Just Rob's Avatar
    Renaming you to DE-Stress Machine. Script worked great. It missed about 8 contacts with phone numbers, not sure why, but saved me hours of time. Thanks
    04-23-2015 09:01 AM
  18. TheStressMachine's Avatar
    Renaming you to DE-Stress Machine. Script worked great. It missed about 8 contacts with phone numbers, not sure why, but saved me hours of time. Thanks
    The ones that I noticed where it missed numbers after messing around is 1.) if the number is linked to a corporate directory or 2.) the number is part of their google + profile. Other than that, might just be crappy programming on my part but glad it worked for most.
    04-25-2015 12:42 PM
  19. Calvin Do's Avatar
    This IS an issue when I'm trying to make a call or make a text and having to scroll down 80% of my contacts that have no phone numbers. What's the POINT?
    05-18-2015 04:28 AM
  20. AdrianFloresF's Avatar
    It's not an issue for you, so it's not an issue for any of the rest of us?
    I meant that it's not an issue in the sense that it's not something that is missbehaving or not working properly. Google made it that way. That's why I say that there's no fix because there's nothing to fix. You misinterpreted what I said.
    05-18-2015 10:43 AM
  21. AdrianFloresF's Avatar
    This IS an issue when I'm trying to make a call or make a text and having to scroll down 80% of my contacts that have no phone numbers. What's the POINT?
    You can still type the name. It's faster. I complained about this too, but then I realize that it's really not that useful.
    05-18-2015 10:45 AM
  22. robertbradfor42's Avatar
    I'm glad to see that others are having this issue as well, but apparently there has been no resolution at all. I spent hours on the phone today with both Samsung and Google essentially getting the runaround and no one seemed to be able to get me in contact with someone that could say for sure if/when this feature will be restored. I can't believe this is something that many more people are upset about. It is totally frustrating that there doesn't even seem to be anyway to get answers or give feedback to these companies.
    05-18-2015 10:39 PM
  23. Calvin Do's Avatar
    Potential fix that I did:

    1. Show all contacts, and merge them.
    2. Go through the rest of the contacts that has no phone #, and delete them off.

    I figure deleting contacts won't affect your actual account, example, deleting a facebook contact with no phone # will not cause your actual facebook account to de-friend them. You will still have them on your FB account.

    I personally don't even understand why or what I need these contacts for that has no #. Useless.

    Now, all that shows are contacts w/ phone numbers. Going forward, I'm going to start adding contacts into the device only. Eventually, I'm going to move all the other remnant contacts into device as well, then delete off every single contacts from my other accounts, whether they have phone # or not. This is getting really stupid.
    05-19-2015 12:47 PM
  24. robertbradfor42's Avatar
    I emailed Samsung's Office of the President yesterday evening mostly about the appalling customer service that I received from them yesterday, but they did say they were going to forward my concerns over this issue on to someone so perhaps we will get a fix for this issue some day. Of course, their response didn't even begin to address my concerns so it is likely that this won't even get forwarded to anyone.
    05-19-2015 02:47 PM
  25. potatoesse's Avatar
    I hate it when people turn a simple question on a forum into a place for pointless suggestions and arguments. Example, adrianflores if your only answer is for everyone to live with it, why even log in to post such an irrelevant reply?

    Anyways, thats my rant as well, heres my solution:

    Try "Simpler Contacts & Dialer" from Google Play. It is super clean compared to Google illogical dialer. It still feels like Lollipop, comes with good merge detection for duplicate contacts and has "Show only contacts with phones" option.
    06-17-2015 08:26 PM
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