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Old contacts appearing in my iPhone

212 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 28, 2013 6:00 AM by Horemakhet RSS
infernoxred Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Aug 3, 2013 4:55 PM

Why is it that people that I have since deleted from my contacts list on my 4S, still appear when I'm trying to send  a text to someone?  Mind you, this person was deleted sometime last year, I have not spoken to him in any way shape or form since that time. 




(My contacts are not synced with Facebook, Twitter, or any other app)

iPhone 4S
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Aug 3, 2013 5:23 PM (in response to infernoxred)

    Because the iPhone's Mail app and Messages app stores all recipients in a list of previous recipients that is separate from the Contacts app. The address autofill when addressing an email or message pulls from the Contacts app and from the list of previous recipients.


    Different from having access to the list of previous recipients on a Mac, there is no direct access to the list on an iOS device.


    With a "recents" available for a contact when addressing an email, there is an option to delete a recents for the contact. Not sure if the same is available when addressing a text message but it might be. Is there a right facing white arrow in a blue circle icon a available for this contact when it appears when addressing a text message?

  • Horemakhet Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2013 6:00 AM (in response to infernoxred)



    I encounter the same problem.


    I changed my iPhone 4 for an iPhone 5s.


    I unregistered my iPhone 4, deactivated iMessage, deleted all my accounts... reset all parameters.


    Still with the iPhone 4 - which I gave to a member of my family - I put a new sim card, I created a new iCloud profile, I configured iMessage with her new iCloud account, I registered the iPhone 4 to her new account.


    HOWEVER, when starting to write the name of a contact I want to text a message/iMessage to, we can see the names of all my own contacts whereas they don't appear in the Apple contacts application. We only see the names and phone numbers


    What can I do so that my relative only sees her contacts when she wants to select the contact?


    On the forums nothing worked. I mean, I don't have the issue where the old device still receives a message/iMessage that was in fact sent to the new device. Only my own contacts that appear at this moment.


    Best regards.


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