Accessing Android Contact Group Names

Can you please tell me how to fetch contact groups programmatically
stored in our android phone?

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  • 3 Solutions collect form web for “Accessing Android Contact Group Names”

    final String[] GROUP_PROJECTION = new String[] {
                ContactsContract.Groups._ID, ContactsContract.Groups.TITLE };
        cursor = getContentResolver().query(
        ContactsContract.Groups.CONTENT_URI, GROUP_PROJECTION, null,
                null, ContactsContract.Groups.TITLE);
        Group g = new Group();
        g.GroupIdList += "0";
        while (cursor.moveToNext()) {
            String id = cursor.getString(cursor
            String gTitle = (cursor.getString(cursor
            if (gTitle.contains("Group:")) {
                gTitle = gTitle.substring(gTitle.indexOf("Group:") + 6).trim();
            if (gTitle.contains("Favorite_")) {
                gTitle = "Favorites";
            if (gTitle.contains("Starred in Android")
                    || gTitle.contains("My Contacts")) {
            Group gObj = new Group();
            int pos = GlobalConfig.GroupContainsTitle(gTitle);
            if (pos != -1) {
                gObj = GlobalConfig.groupList.get(pos);
                gObj.GroupIdList += "," + id;
                GlobalConfig.groupList.set(pos, gObj);
            } else {
                gObj.GroupIdList += id;
            // Log.d("GrpId  Title", gObj.getGroupIdList() +
            // gObj.getGroupTitle());

    The answer by @Abhi is ok but has some limits:

    • will list deleted contacts
    • will list invisible groups
    • will list ‘ghost’ groups (that is groups which should have been deleted but are still in the limbo)

    private class GroupInfo {
        String id;
        String title;
        public String toString() {
            return title+ " ("+id+")";
        public String getId() {
            return id;
    List<GroupInfo> groups = new ArrayList<GroupInfo>();
    public void loadGroups() {
       final String[] GROUP_PROJECTION = new String[] {
        Cursor c = getContentResolver().query(
                ContactsContract.Groups.DELETED+"!='1' AND "+
                ContactsContract.Groups.GROUP_VISIBLE+"!='0' "
        final int IDX_ID = c.getColumnIndex(ContactsContract.Groups._ID);
        final int IDX_TITLE = c.getColumnIndex(ContactsContract.Groups.TITLE);
        Map<String,GroupInfo> m = new HashMap<String, GroupInfo>();
        while (c.moveToNext()) {
            GroupInfo g = new GroupInfo();
   = c.getString(IDX_ID);
            g.title = c.getString(IDX_TITLE);
            int users = c.getInt(c.getColumnIndex(ContactsContract.Groups.SUMMARY_WITH_PHONES));
            if (users>0) {
                // group with duplicate name?
                GroupInfo g2 = m.get(g.title);
                if (g2==null) {
                    m.put(g.title, g);
                } else {

    No need for old overdone answers. Much simpler solution here.

    final String[] GROUP_PROJECTION = new String[] {
                ContactsContract.Groups._ID, ContactsContract.Groups.TITLE };
    Cursor gC = getContentResolver().query(
                ContactsContract.Groups.CONTENT_URI, GROUP_PROJECTION,null,null,null);
    while (!gC.isAfterLast()) {
            int idcolumn = gC.getColumnIndex(ContactsContract.Groups.TITLE);
            String Id = gC.getString(idcolumn);
            LinkedHashSet<String> s = new LinkedHashSet<String>();
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