Is it possible to use nicknames, instead of first+last names, as the contact's display name in the contact list and/or the incoming/outgoing call view?

Device is Samsung Galaxy S 2.

Edit: to be clear, I wouldn't mind installing an alternative contacts app, if there's no other way to do this with the default one.

  • What device do you have? Commented May 16, 2011 at 20:59
  • @Matthew Samsung Galaxy S 2. Didn't think that it mattered, but if it does please add it as a tag (I can't, rep's too low).
    – Oak
    Commented May 16, 2011 at 21:01
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    More important is that the S2 has TouchWiz, which has a modified Contacts app. Commented May 16, 2011 at 21:11
  • With my Samsung Galaxy 5 I can add an alias to a contact, and it will be shown in the list with that nickname as long as it has no first nor last name... I'm afraid it's not a good solution...
    – Nicolás
    Commented May 24, 2011 at 23:49

4 Answers 4


It is not possible with the default app for contacts. Try Go Contacts which is a rich app on displaying contacts.

Although the feature you are looking for is available on the default contact display of the MIUI ROM. If you have rooted your phone, consider installing MIUI.

  • I've tried Go Contacts but saw no option there to display nicknames...
    – Oak
    Commented Jun 30, 2011 at 21:31
  • The link to Go Contacts is broken. It appears that the app is been discontinued.
    – PhoneixS
    Commented Oct 5, 2023 at 10:46
  • @PhoneixS Makes sense, this post is 12 years old!
    – Aventinus
    Commented Oct 5, 2023 at 14:24

In my case I decided to include nicknames in FirstName field, in format like this (without square brackets):

[Firstname] ([Nickname]) [Lastname]

With Go Contacts installed (it's free) you can find a contact by any match of firstname, lastname or nickname.

  • Actually the TouchWiz contacts application already allows me to find contacts by nickname, it just doesn't display it, which is the problem.
    – Oak
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 9:39
  • I know, but this advice is primarily about contact naming, and 'Go Contacts' - is just an example of usage.
    – Genius
    Commented May 20, 2011 at 12:20

Use DW Contacts & Phone Dialer, it allows displaying by Nickname, however SMS app will still display full name.

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    Would you mind explaining how? I was able to sort by nickname, but was not able to see it in the list...
    – Oak
    Commented May 31, 2012 at 8:22

Yes, you can create a program for that. This is a very hacky approach - Use ContentProvider to swap first+last names with nick names. In that manner you won't lose anything.

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