10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 19, 2012 2:13 PM by CarolJW
luneluxe Level 2 Level 2

I updated my 4S to iOS6 and allowed it to connect my iPhone's contacts and calendar with Facebook, which I'm now regretting. (Too much clutter, plus I'm a little paranoid about privacy.)


I went to Settings > Facebook and turned off the three switches for Calendar, Contacts and Facebook, then hit Update All Contacts. But it didn't seem to reverse anything.


Can anyone tell me how to undo this data merge? Thanks much.

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • luneluxe Level 2 Level 2

    Strangely, Facebook events have now disappeared from my iPhone's calendar (which is good), but Facebook contact info is still in my iPhone's address book.

  • jmleach16 Level 1 Level 1

    For a quick fix, at least for you contacts, you could hit the "Groups" button on the top left corner under Contacts and uncheck the "All Facebook" option.

  • luneluxe Level 2 Level 2

    Hmmm, thanks ... but my Groups don't include anything about Facebook. They're still just the original groups I set up.

  • luneluxe Level 2 Level 2

    Wow, it is a little eerie how deep this integration goes. People I had in my contacts as only a name and an email address or phone number now include Facebook links, photos and additional information. These are people I have never connected with on Facebook.

  • WiseJD Level 4 Level 4

    I ran into the same potential problem when my daughter asked why I hadn't posted pictures from a museum visit.  I told her that when I went to upload the photos from iPhone to FB, the popup asked for my FB ID and Password.  That was not unexpected even though I already have the FB App on my  phone and have been using it.  The bad part and the part that stopped me in my tracks was when I read that if I went further ALL MY FB CONTACTS WOULD BE LOADED INTO MY IPHONES CONTACT LIST.  That I knew I would never want.  Many of my FB contacts are not folks that I call regularly and I didn't want to be going through 300 extra contacts just to find someone in my phone.  Wow ...There must be a way to stop those from being pulled into the phone.  Also, the rest of the verbage in the popup gave me extreme privacy concerns as it indicated that any and all my Apps that would want to could then have access to my FB Contacts.  What????

  • luneluxe Level 2 Level 2

    Makes you wonder, doesn't it? I hate to sound like I'm wearing a tinfoil hat, but this kind of stuff has gotta be a goldmine for law enforcement (AKA Big Brother).


    I think sometimes these engineers just do stuff because they can and it's cool. They don't realize that for us normal people, it's scary when we don't understand things and feel like we don't have control. I love technology and try to wrap my head around these things, but until I do, I want control!

  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4

    I don't have a FB account, but I do have a twitter acct.  I'm very leery of adding twitter info to my contacts.  It doesn't look like there is an easy way to undo it.

  • bizara Level 1 Level 1

    Not sure why it didn't work for you, but going to Settings>Facebook, turning off contacts, and selecting "update all contacts" worked for me. It took several seconds to kick in, but it definitely did the trick.

  • luneluxe Level 2 Level 2

    I just tried again. I did exactly what you said, and I still have info that came from Facebook on my iPhone.


    For example, I had only a first name and phone number for a guy on my phone. Now that listing also includes his Facebook photo and his full name with a link to his Facebook page, even though he and I have never connected on Facebook.

  • CarolJW Level 1 Level 1

    This worked for me - thanks.