How to prevent Recent and Phone Favorite contacts from showing in your iOS task switcher

When you double-click your iPhone's home button, you will be greeted with the task switching screen, which presents you with card deck-style snapshots of your active apps to freely browse and switch to. With iOS 8, however, where most iPhones are at the moment, Apple introduced a Favorites row there, with circular pictures of your most recently used contacts.

Most people aren't bothered by their recent contacts appearing there, but for some this means easy snooping on who they've called or texted last, or simply unnecessary clutter. If you don't want to wait until iOS 9 hits and gets rid of these circular shenanigans in your task switcher, here's what you need to do to get rid of them:

1. Go to the Settings app, and scroll down to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars section;

2. From Mail, Contacts, Calendars, look for the Contacts section, which will be hosting the Show in App Switcher options;

3. Tap on Show in App Switcher, and switch off both the Phone Favorites and Recents sliders.

That's all there is to it, your favorite contacts, or the ones recently dialled, won't be betrayed easily to anyone using your task switcher anymore.



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Having favs in switcher is one of my favourites small features in iOS, that's details like these are what keeps me using iPhones despite there are as much frustrating design decisions

2. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Thanks for the tip, I used to know this in the past but thanks to apple's confusing settings app I had difficulty to find it afterwards. Thankfully, in iOS 9 a search tool is inside the settings

3. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Here is a video about transferring contacts from iPhone 5S to Samsung Galaxy Note 5, also works with other iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.