11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2014 12:53 PM by Jonma1
Linaho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How to delete duplicate contacts


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (62,525 points)

    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 (22,595 points)

    Are you synching contacts from a computer?

     

    If so it easier to manage contacts there.

     

    Matt

  • caroline_here Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Did you find any ways to get rid of duplicates?

    They're driving me nuts!

  • Virginia Uhlmann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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

  • jacobwidrick Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    PERFECT!!!!!  Thank you!!!!

  • Pubmariner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can link contacts from within the Contacts app. Here are instructions on how.

     

    You can also use Scrubly.com to clean them up automatically, too. Really easy to use and it backs up your contacts in case you make a mistake.

  • Jonma1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had duplicates on my ipad but not iphone. Not every contact was duplicated. I logged directly into icloud using my mac, no duplicates there.

     

    On my ipad I went in to setting>mail>account and it came up with a box titled "icloud" with a list of options. I switched off contacts and it asked me if I wanted to delete the contacts from my ipad, Ii said yes. I then checked in contacts and there were none. I then went back in to

    setting>mail>account etc and switched contacts back on, they appeared with no duplicates.

     

    I think what was happening is that contacts, which were on my ipad before I started using icloud to syc contacts, were still there. Basic process is, switch contacts off , delete contacts from ipad, switch contacts back on.

     

    Do not do what i did at first, which is just delete the duplicate copies on my ipad, this just removed them from icloud so they disappeared from my iphone.

     

    Why the instuctions by apple cannot address this simple reason for duplicates I do not know. Instead they give possible reasons which are not applicable to most users.