11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 23, 2015 9:44 AM by Ex (not X) developer
MRSoto Level 1 Level 1

I recently noticed that my husband and my address card on my iPhone are linked.  When I want to send a test or an email, his picture instead of mine appears.  When I am on my Apple computer, there is no indication that the two cards are linked in any way.  How can our names be unlinked?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Solved by Allan Sampson on Jul 23, 2011 8:11 PM Solved
Select your contact info or your husband's contact info in Contacts app on your iPhone. They should be linked there. Select Edit to remove the link.
Reply by ManInJapan on Sep 6, 2012 12:37 PM Helpful
I'll post this here since it seems many people have this problem. This is a step-by-step process to unlink contacts. on your iphone go to the linked contactclick the edit button in the top right corner of your screenscroll to the bottom to where is says "linked cards", you should see all of the contacts that are linkedto the left of each contact you will see a red circle with a horizontal white line similar to a "do not enter" sign found in the U.S. Click on that circle and the white line will become verticle and a new red button that says "unlink" will appearclick that "unlink" buttonclick the blue "done" button on the top right corner of your screenopen a beer and celebrate your success

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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10

    Select your contact info or your husband's contact info in Contacts app on your iPhone. They should be linked there. Select Edit to remove the link.

  • MRSoto Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you for responding so quickly.  This did not work for me.  The only option I had was to delete both names.  I deleted both contacts and then restored my contacts only by syncing again.  That worked.  The strange thing was my husband did not have the linked cards on his iPhone and I did.  Very odd since we share the same database.

     

    Thanks!

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10

    You're welcome.

     

    I just linked the contact info for a niece of mine and her husband on my iPhone followed by doing an unlink of the two without having to delete and recreat either contact.

  • ManInJapan Level 1 Level 1

    I'll post this here since it seems many people have this problem. This is a step-by-step process to unlink contacts.

     

    1. on your iphone go to the linked contact
    2. click the edit button in the top right corner of your screen
    3. scroll to the bottom to where is says "linked cards", you should see all of the contacts that are linked
    4. to the left of each contact you will see a red circle with a horizontal white line similar to a "do not enter" sign found in the U.S. Click on that circle and the white line will become verticle and a new red button that says "unlink" will appear
    5. click that "unlink" button
    6. click the blue "done" button on the top right corner of your screen
    7. open a beer and celebrate your success
  • Veevee321 Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you so much! What does linking do anyway? Why would you want to link contacts? And how do I create a group so I can send group texts and emails, which is what I really require! Thx!

  • seattlejoe7 Level 1 Level 1

    I recently figured out that the "link contacts" doesn't work as I'd expected. (I was trying to link a husband and wife so I didn't have to put their address and home phone information in BOTH contacts)

     

    My question ... how do I FIND all "linked" contacts, so that I can UNLINK them?

     

    Thanks!

  • bluetiger74 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi,

    We can do it one by one but how can we do it for all contacts at once. I have thousands of contacts..

     

    Can you help me for this?

  • bluetiger74 Level 1 Level 1

    I have dublicated adresses, notes on my contact details on iphone. When I look at contact details, I see that linked contacts associated with exchange and iphone. I wnat to have only one contacts from exchange only. I can unlink contacts from my iphone by going to contact details of the person and unlike it. But, this is only one by one. I want to do for all my contacts at once. Is it possible? How it can be done?

  • AhusViking Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for writing it out step by step. I saw the links in the contact and wasn't sure if I deleted it there if it would delete the link or the contact. Once I saw your post, it took me five seconds.

  • Kalkas Level 1 Level 1

    Linked contacts are caused by having two accounts for Address Books (Contacts) enabled in the iPhone Settings for Mail, Contacts, Calendars. For instance, you can have iCloud's Contacts enabled with some CardDAV contacts, or having two different iCloud's Contacts (Address Books) enabled. One should simply disable one of these accounts. You do not need to delete the account, but simply disable it. You can enable it again if desired. By disabling one of the accounts, links automatically disappear.

  • Ex (not X) developer Level 1 Level 1

    Yep - this doesn't work. I can follow steps 1-6, and even crack a beer in step 7, but when I open the contact again, it's re-linked again.

     

    Terrible implementation Apple. Simply terrible.