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Recently I've stumbled upon a very weird and cumbersome bug. Android mistakes one of my contacts for another. As far as I know it happens to exactly one pair of contacts on my phone (let's call them A and B). When trying to message A, it shows the proper message history, but the messages are sent to B >< This causes a lot of confusion for the recipients, and for me as well.

I've tried using a different messaging app (instead of the default one), but the end result is just the same.

Here's the bug captured on video:

https://vimeo.com/261324755

And in screenshot form:

  1. I enter the name of contact A (starting with "Lucyna")

I enter the name of contact A (starting with "Lucyna")

  1. I select the proper suggestion and I can see the message history with A:

I select the proper suggestion and I can see the message history with A

  1. I tap the message field, and the moment it gains focus the name of the contact in the top bar changes to contact B!

I tap the message field, and the moment it gains focus the name of the contact in the top bar changes to contact B!

Sending the message now causes it to go to the wrong person.

The two contacts aren't related in any way, and I have no idea why did those two in particular get mixed.

I'm on Android 7.1.2

  • Interesting. They may not be connected in any way on your phone but maybe in Google contacts ( log in on PC and check ). What happens if you delete both contacts and create them afresh(after having backed up messages if they are important ) – beeshyams Mar 22 '18 at 16:24
  • Is this stock android? Also try the new default SMS app Android Messenger. I believe the one you are using is being phased out. – William Mar 22 '18 at 17:51
  • I don't have GAPPS on my device, so it's not Google Contacts... Will try deleting and re-creating the contacts. I'm using Lineage OS. How can I try the default new Android Messager? – Kuba Orlik Mar 22 '18 at 20:54
  • Interesting. A not so useful question here .Do these nos. are identical like A.1234567890 and B.4321567890.My miui nougat never picked similar nos however i named them and i had to type the dissimilar digits. :( – Iftekhar Mar 23 '18 at 6:48
  • No, these numbers are quite different... – Kuba Orlik Mar 23 '18 at 11:16
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Removing BOTH contacts and recreating them resolved the issue.

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