iOS 5.0.1 OTA Update Messes Up Address Book for Verizon iPhone 4S Users – Here’s How To Fix it

iOS 5.0.1 update hasn’t done many wonders for users for their battery life woes but it has introduced a new bug which messes up the address book for iPhone 4S users on Verizon. What it does is that it removes the contact’s name and shows just their number in the text contact field or when someone calls the user. Basically, it’s as if you just saved a number and not the contact’s name even though that’s not the case.


It’s a widespread bug for users with iPhone 4S on Verizon. Paul Hontz from the startup foundry has been able to replicate the bug on iPhone 4S with the OTA update to iOS 5.0.1 on Verizon. Somehow, users have been trying to disable/enable iCloud contacts to solve the bug but that has made no difference.image

A user sent them the following fix which has been verified as working for many users. This method only fixes incoming calls and not text messages.

  1. Open your iPhone 4S dialer app and dial *228 (Verizon OTA programming number)
  2. When the system answers, press 1 for ‘Program or activate your phone”
  3. Wait for the call to disconnect. You’ll get the following message: “Settings updated”
  4. Open the apps tray by double clicking the home button and kill the phone, messages and contacts apps
  5. Wait for a few minutes and open up the messages app to check if the fix worked. If it didn’t, kill the app and reboot your iPhone.

Apple is reportedly looking into this issue so there might be an iOS 5.0.2 (or iOS 5.1) update coming soon. Anyhow, there were bound to be a few bugs in iOS 5 along with more than 200 new features, right?

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