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Contact object - OWD settings

It appears I cannot change the OWD settings on Contact.  The default is "Controlled by Parent" and its grayed out in Edit mode.  Can this be changed to Private?  How do I accomplish this?  What am I doing wrong?



Contact is a child of Account, so it should inherit the OWD of Accounts.  Also, Contacts which are not associated with any Account default to Private.


I am able to change me owd settings in my unlimited instance as well as developer instance.


Are you following the below steps?


Setup->Security Controls->Sharing Settings->Edit-> you should be able to change the option on the contact

Hi Asoyer,

IF Person Account is enabled you will be not able to chqange the OWD of Contact.