All of a sudden, half-way using whatsapp, the names are not shown anymore. Instead I can only see the number. I went to my contact list and checked.

Most of my contacts appeared to be shown in email address. And it's the same person's email address.

I clicked in and found that the detail of these contacts is gone.

What happened to my phone and what should I do?

My phone is Galaxy Note2


In Settings > Contacts > Show all contacts should be disabled which was the case for me but still had same problem. So I enabled "Show all contacts" and exited whatsapp. Launched Whatsapp again and disabled 'Show all contacts' and got the names back again instead of just phone numbers. Hope my experience helps.

  • Hmm, didn't work for me. I had to keep it checked. Odd. When I uncheck it, the contacts go back to showing numbers.
    – aberrant80
    Jan 23 '14 at 5:16

Just reboot your phone after checking "Show all contacts" in settings it will work...

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