ng93 ng93 - 3 months ago 45
Android Question

get contact info from android contact picker

I'm trying to call the contact picker, get the persons name, phone and e-mail into strings and send them to another activity using an intent. So far this works:

Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_PICK, ContactsContract.Contacts.CONTENT_URI);
startActivityForResult(intent, 1);

// ...

public void onActivityResult(int reqCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
super.onActivityResult(reqCode, resultCode, data);
if (resultCode == Activity.RESULT_OK) {
Uri contactData = data.getData();
Cursor c = managedQuery(contactData, null, null, null, null);
if (c.moveToFirst()) {
String name = c.getString(c.getColumnIndexOrThrow(ContactsContract.Contacts.DISPLAY_NAME));
Intent intent = new Intent(CurrentActivity.this, NewActivity.class);
intent.putExtra("name", name);
startActivityForResult(intent, 0);

But if i add in:

String number = c.getString(c.getColumnIndexOrThrow(ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.NUMBER));

it force closes

Maybe theres another way to get their number?


Phone Numbers

Phone numbers are stored in their own table and need to be queried separately. To query the phone number table use the URI stored in the SDK variable ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.CONTENT_URI. Use a WHERE conditional to get the phone numbers for the specified contact.

    if (Integer.parseInt(cur.getString(
           cur.getColumnIndex(ContactsContract.Contacts.HAS_PHONE_NUMBER))) > 0) {
        Cursor pCur = cr.query(
        ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.CONTACT_ID +" = ?", 
        new String[]{id}, null);
        while (pCur.moveToNext()) {
        // Do something with phones

Perform a second query against the Android contacts SQLite database. The phone numbers are queried against the URI stored in ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.CONTENT_URI. The contact ID is stored in the phone table as ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.CONTACT_ID and the WHERE clause is used to limit the data returned.

Email Addresses

Querying email addresses is similar to phone numbers. A query must be performed to get email addresses from the database. Query the URI stored in ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Email.CONTENT_URI to query the email address table.

Cursor emailCur = cr.query( 
        ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Email.CONTACT_ID + " = ?", 
        new String[]{id}, null); 
    while (emailCur.moveToNext()) { 
        // This would allow you get several email addresses
            // if the email addresses were stored in an array
        String email = emailCur.getString(
        String emailType = emailCur.getString(

As with the phone query the field names for the email table are also stored under ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds. The email query is performed on the URI in ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Email.CONTENT_URI and the WHERE clause has to match the ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Email.CONTACT_ID field. Since multiple email addresses can be stored loop through the records returned in the Cursor.

More tutorials here

This method requires Android API version 5 or higher.