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Mass deleting of contacts...?

4141 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 19, 2010 5:27 PM by cemred RSS
twilliams82 Calculating status...
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May 18, 2010 1:36 PM
Is there a way to mass delete your contacts list? I synced my phone and forgot to un-check the box and it synced my Yahoo contacts...I don't need that on my phone!
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  • ChrisJ4203 Level 7 Level 7 (26,390 points)
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    May 18, 2010 1:44 PM (in response to twilliams82)
    If you uncheck sync contacts in iTunes and do a sync with the phone, it should erase them.
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  • cemred Calculating status...
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    May 19, 2010 8:16 AM (in response to ChrisJ4203)
    Do you also happen to know how I would restore them if I accidentally mass deleted all of my contacts from my phone? Would restoring the iphone with a backup restore the contacts on the phone?
    Thanks!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    May 19, 2010 8:40 AM (in response to cemred)
    Contacts are included with your iPhone's backup. If you haven't synced your iPhone with iTunes since all contacts on your iPhone were deleted, you should be able to restore the contacts by restoring your iPhone with iTunes from your iPhone's backup. When selecting Restore, you will be prompted to update your iPhone's backup. Decline this prompt or your iPhone's backup will be updated reflecting no contacts on your iPhone.

    Although contacts are included with your iPhone's backup, it isn't a good idea to depend on your iPhone's backup alone for this data. Contacts are designed to be synced with a supported application on your computer. With a Mac, this can be with the Address Book application.
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  • cemred Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 19, 2010 5:27 PM (in response to Allan Sampson)
    Thanks for your response. I had been merging my gmail contacts with my phone but it all went awry when I made one entry in my address book on my mac. Honestly I am still confused about how to sync all three without duplicate entries but for now I'm happy that I can restore my phone contacts! Thanks.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iphone 3g 8MB

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