Recent Favorites App Switcher

Along with iOS 8, Apple introduced a new feature in the App Switcher that allows you to have quick access to your recently contacted contacts, as well as your favorite contacts. In essence, this is a great feature that can save you time, but it arguably also is a feature that has nothing to do in the App Switcher to begin with. What if you only want to see your favorites in there? Or what if you don’t want to see any contact at all in the App Switcher? There is a solution.

In this post, we’ll show you how to select what kind of contacts you want to show in the App Switcher (favorites and/or recents) or how to hide these contacts altogether.

How to select what kind of contacts to show in the App Switcher

Maybe you don’t want to see your recent contacts in the App Switcher. Or maybe you don’t want to see your favorites and just leave room for recents. This is how to edit the settings and choose exactly what sort of contacts you want in there.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Contacts section.

Step 3: Select Show in App Switcher.

Step 4: If you only want your favorites to show in the App Switcher, turn off Recents, or vice versa.

Note that this is as much customization liberty as you’ll get. Apple doesn’t allow you to designate specific contacts to show in the App Switcher.

How to hide contacts in the App Switcher

Now maybe you think having contacts in the App Switcher doesn’t really make sense or doesn’t save you time. If that is the case, this is how to remove contacts from the App Switcher.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Contacts section.

Step 3: Tap on Show in App Switcher.

Step 4: Turn off both iPhone Favorites and Recents.

The changes will take place immediately.

Of course, if you change your mind, you can always come back to the Settings app and turn Recents and/or Favorites on.

What’s your set up? Do you have both recent and favorite contacts showing? Just one of those? None? Share with us.

  • John Wolf

    Favourites only

  • Chang in Charge


  • Chetan

    Thankyou so much didnt want either of them πŸ˜€

    • nsfw

      Especially on the iPad. Extra especially when it’s your kids iPad.

      • David Villamizar

        Especially when your names is nsfw.

  • Chetan

    Would have appreciated, if apple added it in control centre and be available in lockscreen..

  • Chetan

    You have added emoji in names or is there something that we don’t know??

    • You can add emoji’s to just about everything you name.

    • I do add a “Nickname” to some contacts. I then add an emoji to the Nickname, which is what shows when I get a text message. It helps me identify faster who it’s coming from. For example, if I see a heart, I know it’s my wife.

      • Chetan

        Wow, just tried and this nickname thing is cool and wont spoil actual names.. Thanks for replying.. πŸ™‚

      • GzyOnline

        i’ve added emojis to contact names in the past.. this made it impossible to ask Siri to call/text that person.. i haven’t messed with nicknames though.

      • Xee

        Where is the ‘nickname’ bit?

  • Teacher

    Title should say shown not showed, bad grammar.

  • iPodDroid

    Just a heads up, Apple has officially killed 7.1.2, they are no longer signing it…

  • David Gitman

    I am still not sure. Should I upgrade my 5S to the iPhone 6/6Plus?

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Dont do it.. 5s will run great on iOS 8..
      You can upgrade to 6s/6sPlus.
      Thats what i think.. πŸ™‚
      You see i’m still on 4s. :p

      • David Gitman

        Will it worth it ? πŸ™‚

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Yes ofcourse. S versions are always much better than previous version.. And 5s to 6 is not worth.. Just a big screen factor..
        5s to 6s will have big screen , much better battery life , will be more fast ( compared to difference between 6 & 5s ) , faster Touch ID..
        Rest yours choice πŸ™‚

      • David Gitman

        thanks man

  • Repiuk

    Both are active. Find it easy when I need to call people back that I recently spoke or one of my favourite contacts.

  • Alex Blaha

    I have recents only.

  • GzyOnline

    Applause!! Applause!! Applause!!!!!!!…. I was REALLY HOPING for this feature and I’m ECSTATIC to see it exists! πŸ˜€

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  • Linton Findlay

    its abit rubbish on ipad you can only imessage people, not facetime/ iphone ring them.

  • Asif Syed


  • Frankly havn’t used it even once. Please most of my contacts don’t have a display picture (or one with their face on it ) so it’s somewhat useless to me)

  • Future tweaks will allow customization so you don’t have to stare all week at that pic of Aunt Mildred who called