How to Display Only Contacts With Phone Numbers on Android


If you’ve synced your Android phone to your Google Account, it probably added every address you’ve ever emailed to your Contact list.  This results in a hugely overstuffed and bloated Contact book.  But, if you have Android version 2.1 or higher, we can fix this quite easily and trim some weight off of that ole Contacts list of yours!

Note: This article was written several years ago with a very early version of Android. If you’re running a modern version, the steps will vary. Google syncs your contacts very differently now.

Personally, I have thousands of email contacts in my Gmail address book, so when Android decided to display all of them; it just didn’t work out.  I ended up seeing nothing but email addresses all the way down the Contacts list, and that made it very difficult to find a  number of people I wanted to call.

tons of email contacts in an android phone

To fix this all we have to do is change one setting, and then it will only display contacts that you have the phone number for.  Let’s get to it!

Step 1

Open your Contacts app, this should come built-in for all Android phones.

contacts app on android

Step 2

Tap the Menu (Settings) button on the outside of your phone, and then from the menu that appears Tap Display Options.

display options on an android phone

Step 3

In Display Options Tap the checkmark for Only contacts with phones.  The checkmark should be green, you can now Tap Done.

show only contacts with phones and done


Now you’ll only see contacts on your list that you have a phone number recorded for.  Email addresses might still show up as contact, but only if you have a phone number connected to the address.  As long as you have a first or last name entered for a contact, it will always take precedence of how the contact is displayed.



  1. Never thought of this one before. Kinda cleans things up, when you dont have Gtalk, Whatsapp and Twitter contacts in there.

  2. Tony  

    I can’t seem to find this feature in Ice Cream Sandwich and it’s really bugging me. It looks like I may have to do some labeling in Contacts on Gmail to filter out the ones I don’t care about.

  3. Oso  

    was looking for this option in all the wrong places. Didn’t realize it was hiding in plain sight XD

  4. David Liu  

    Do you know if there is similar feature for iPhone4S with Google contacts?

  5. MickyC  

    Okay I know I could of found this info in a million places but I didn’t, I found it here. So thanks a lot – this was extremely annoying but now it’s not. Would like if the Android interface was a little more intuitive however. Now if I could only get my Samsung Galaxy S II to stop lighting up like a Christmas tree and beeping when it hits 100% charge!!!!!!

  6. Daren  

    Thank you!

  7. Brian Porter  

    Thanks. You rock. I just had some work done on my phone, and I had a million email addresses mixed in with my contacts.

  8. Guilherme  

    It worked fine on the primary contact list, but whenever I search for a name it returns contacts from linkedin, facebook, whatsup, etc… Is there a way not to show those contacts when tipping a name?

  9. blomson  

    seems as if this option isn’t available in 4.2.2
    any new solutions to filter out e-mail adresses?

  10. Hari  

    Even after selecting this option, there are a few contacts without phone numbers appearing on my mobile.

    can this be solved?

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