There is a contact in my contacts which can't be found by name in dialer, but if type her number in the dialer the name appears. All my contacts are stored in my Google account.

How can I solve this issue?

My phone uses Android 7.0 (Samsung Galaxy Note 5)

  • Android version is wrong just so you know. Some versions don't get non-English characters like ş, ç, ğ, ö, ı, İ or ü etc.
    – SarpSTA
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 10:21
  • Edit the contact where you can find it. Change name to English, if it uses rare characters.
    – NVZ
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 12:12
  • The problem is the names are in English.... Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 17:39
  • Settings > Contact > display options > configure contact lists > choose most appropriate list to use (All contacts)
    – GiorgosK
    Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 16:47

6 Answers 6


I had the same problem with Huawei P10, but it seems I could solve it. Within "Contacts" there is an option called "organize contacts" and within that "Rebuild index data". I tapped on it and when rebuilding completed (within a couple of minutes) the feature of getting a list of contacts as a string, contained by their name, is being typed in worked again.


Check if you has enable the option "All contacts" in Contacts to display.

To check this, open the contacts. Select the three dots on the top right, and select "Contacts to display". Here you can select what contacts account you want see in your contact list.

Verifiy if your phone contact is here and later search with the dial.

  • The contact exists in the contacts app, but can not be accessed using the dialer... Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 22:32
  • Ok, but the dialer app search in your contacts and registry calls/sms. Try to apply these changes, and tell what happens with your search. Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 23:33
  • There is no 'contacts to display' option in my Samsung S7. This is very annoying feature.
    – iiro
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 8:04
  • @molblin oh i found the setting I have set the "all contacts" option on, still, the dialer cannod find certain contacts
    – iiro
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 8:10

I have the same issue. Example: I have a dozen "Adam"s in my contacts, but the dialer won't find them. The only workaround I found is to type "Ádám" or something similar with strange vowels, then it finds them. (I have a Vodafone Smart Prime 7 with Marshmallow, and I have two languages set up in google keyboard, never had this with earlier android versions or different phone.)


Try to un-link contacts and it will show them.It is something broken when you link some contacts from different sources and accounts. Could not find a pattern but this solve the issue.


i had the same problem in my Le Eco 2 phone and i just did very simple thing 1st export all your contact to phone storage then delete all your contacts and them import back all contacts from your phone storage. This worked for me and i believe it will work in all android phones.


I myself had the same problem with my Huawei P10. Read some answers and found, in the Contacts section the 3 dots in the right lower corner of the screen. Pressed them and then again pressed Organise Contacts. There you will find the last option - Rebuild index data. By selecting that option I fixed my problem. Great for all my contacts to be back in the Dialer !

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