I have old messages from contact sent using temporary phone number he had on vacation. I want those messages grouped under his name in conversations, so I added it as another number to contact details. Messages are now fine, but this "obsolete" number is now clutters phone list when I tap on contact and need to chose what number to dial.

Is there a way to add a number to contact, but make it not appear in list of numbers to call when you select contact?

As first answer mentions, I can set other phone as default, but this still leaves obsolete phone on contact summary page and you can still accidentally call it with mis-click. I'd really like it to only show on contact edit page and be uncallable or at least not without confirmation prompt.

  • What device? Many phones allow you to set a "default" number on a contact, that one is used by default. Try to edit your contact and see if you can set one as the default.
    – acejavelin
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 11:52
  • @acejavelin, I already have correct default number. This doesn't solves question "how to hide obsolete number" at all. Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 18:31
  • Then the answer is you can't... If you remove a number from a contact, the SMS messages associated with that phone number will no longer have a contact associated with them, thus will display as the number only as the contact.
    – acejavelin
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 20:09

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You can select a number as "default" or "main" and then this number will be dialed when you call that person.

Usually it can be done by long tap on a number and then selecting "Set as default".

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