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How to delete duplicate contacts

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Linaho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 29, 2012 8:24 AM

How to delete duplicate contacts

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,330 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:50 AM (in response to Linaho)

    See http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4147.  Also, there's an app for deleting duplicate contacts called Remove Duplicate Contacts and Events.

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:53 AM (in response to Linaho)

    Are you synching contacts from a computer?

     

    If so it easier to manage contacts there.

     

    Matt

  • caroline_here Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 2, 2012 10:50 PM (in response to Linaho)

    Did you find any ways to get rid of duplicates?

    They're driving me nuts!

  • Virginia Uhlmann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 3:28 PM (in response to Linaho)

    Smart Merge app on iPad.....5 minutes.....done!

  • jacobwidrick Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 7:46 AM (in response to Linaho)

    Login to your iCloud account online, click "contacts". From there I just held down the shift key and selected the ones that were in a row that I wanted to delete, then hit the delete key.

    This is the fastest way I have found.

  • hannahsage Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to jacobwidrick)

    How did you get those duplicates? And do you have the duplicates on the phone or on the actual iCloud account when you sign in to the website?

     

    If they're on the phone alone you may be syncing the same list of contacts from two different places (i.e. iCloud and some email account) and if you delete them manually from the phone they'll show up again later. Check under settings>mail contacts and calendars to see if you're syncing contacts from any of your email accounts. If you are, log into those accounts on the computer and see if the list of contacts is the same that you have on, say, your iCloud account. If it is, you can go on the phone and turn off contacts syncing under that particular email address. It will tell you that it'll delete the contacts from the phone, but that's what you're going to want.

  • millysili Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2013 6:31 PM (in response to hannahsage)

    hannahsage wrote:

     

    How did you delete all contacts from iPhone? And do you have the duplicates on the phone or on the actual iCloud account when you sign in to the website?

     

    If they're on the phone alone you may be syncing the same list of contacts from two different places (i.e. iCloud and some email account) and if you delete them manually from the phone they'll show up again later. Check under settings>mail contacts and calendars to see if you're syncing contacts from any of your email accounts. If you are, log into those accounts on the computer and see if the list of contacts is the same that you have on, say, your iCloud account. If it is, you can go on the phone and turn off contacts syncing under that particular email address. It will tell you that it'll delete the contacts from the phone, but that's what you're going to want.

    I have this problem.  I turned off iCloud most contacts were gone. But there are still about 28 or so that is not on iCloud but only on my phone.  I don't have contacts synced with any other servers (gmail or yahoo).  I click edit, delect contact but it's still there. Any suggestions? The restore doesn't work becuase it seems to be already saved in that restore file.  I can't restore as new or I'll lose everything else. Thanks for the help.

  • alihassan-pk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2014 11:57 PM (in response to Linaho)

    i have found a very easy way to get rid of duplicate contacts. actually it happens when your contacts from your email and phone directly mixed together. all you need to do is turn off your contacts from your email. go in setting - mail, contacts , calenders. now you have choice that you want to keep your icloud contacts or email contact. i simply went in my email account and turn off my contacts from all of my email acounts and my problem was solved. you also have choice to turn off your contacts from icloud ( if you are using icloud as well )

    hope it will help

  • Medapatt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 21, 2014 8:24 AM (in response to alihassan-pk)

    PERFECT!!!!!  Thank you!!!!

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