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Is there a way to sort contacts by date added, or at least see contacts that have been recently added? I'm running android os 2.2.

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The app Recently Added Contacts by PIKANJI available from Google Play Store is free and does just that:

Displays the contact list in your phone in reverse chronological order. So that the contact added recently comes at the top of the list. *

This is useful when you can't find the contact just added in your address book of your phone.

Tapping contacts will open the contact detail view, allowing your to edit the contact information. **

* There might be cases that the order is changed, because of external modification to the contact list by, such as, synchronizing with Gmail contact list.

** The appearance of the view depends on the phone.

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I suppose it might vary by carrier, but I only see options to sort by first or last name. (Motorola Droid, unrooted, Android 2.2.1)

I also don't see any apps in the Market that would display contacts sorted by date added.

I'm not even sure "date added" is captured.

If you're syncing with Google Contacts you might be able to kludge something together by applying a group to all of you existing contacts ("Old Contacts"?) then, whenever you review your contacts anyone without such a label is, by definition, recently added.

It is, as I said, kludgy. I don't see any other way to do it.

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I see the same on my Galaxy S. –  Matthew Read Feb 7 '11 at 21:11
Contacts in gmail also only lets you sort by first/last name. Doesn't seem to store when the contact was added either. –  Bryan Denny Feb 7 '11 at 21:25

SimpleContact does it, and it's free.

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This is useful if you want programmatic and CLI access to your contacts in sorted order.

If you're on Android then most probably your phone contacts are synced with your Google account's contacts which you can access using Google Contacts. Now, using the Google Command Line Tools you can return contacts in order of filing if no other sort method is set.

For example, use the following command to get all contacts in a text file in recently added order:

google contacts list ".*" > output.txt


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This worked a treat. Just make sure you run this from cmdline like so c:\googlecl\google contacts list ".*" > output.txt - if you are in interactive mode it will print to screen, which is less useful. –  edzillion Jul 24 '14 at 14:36
wait hold on - this does not seem to order by date (?) –  edzillion Jul 24 '14 at 14:38

Was looking for something similar. Looks like this might do the trick, $1 though... Recent Contacts

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