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chacen Level 1 (0 points)

How can I PERMANENTLY delete contacts from my iPhone? I've tried contact--->edit--->delete and it takes it off the main contacts list, but everytime I begin to type in a name to start a text message that starts wih the first letter in either of those persons first names their whole contact shows up... I WANT THEM GONE!!! lol Please help me!!


iPhone 4S, iOS 6.0.1
  • ckuan Level 7 (29,359 points)

    It's only in the cache. The entry in Contacts is gone.

    Try Rest All Settings in Settings > General > Reset

  • chacen Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried that, unfortunately, when the phone started up again, the contacts were not gone. I've tried to sync it with iTunes hoping it would change but nohing has!

  • cheonweb Level 4 (3,450 points)

    That has nothing to do with Contacts app. These number are stored in the Message app cache and there is no way to clean it up unless you restore your iPhone as new.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20541177#20541177

  • chacen Level 1 (0 points)

    I see... well thats dumb. How can such a cutting edge phone not be able to simply delete a contact? This is probably just a case of apple overthinking things in order to jam as much stuff into the iPhone as possible.

     

    Thanks tho, guess I'll just have to wait for a software update or something.

  • Jandem96 Level 1 (5 points)

    Type in the deleted contacts name in iMessage, click the information icon to the side, and click the remove from recents option.

  • mlum08 Level 1 (0 points)

    @Jandem96 ^this works

  • Nespinoza Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried this but there's no information icon that pops up . Do you know if it's because the phone is jail broken or maybe because it's not up to date on the IOS 7

  • colorado4 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's because it's not up to date on the IOS 7

  • Toriaaa Level 1 (0 points)

    when you delete the contact from your iphone go into messages. select to type in  a new message. type in the name of the contact you just deleted from your phone. name still comes up right? next to the name on the right side there should be an exlamation point in a circle click that and there should be an option to remove from recents. click that and the name will no longer come up when you type it into your message name search. hope this helped

  • sourjellybeans Level 1 (0 points)

    This works! Thank you so much!

  • Sarinrenka Level 1 (5 points)

    i know that!! After you delete them and then compose a new text it is still there. Basically you know when you send an email to someone and do not store them it still auto populates their name. This is what happens with my phone. I Google this issue and learn some knowledge about data eraser tips.  Maybe most people still don’t know that actual contents of file are not really deleted when performing simple deletion operation on your iPhone or other devices. But they are just marked for deletion and not shown in the file system of your iOS device. The actual data are still physically present on your iPhone. For iOS system, the only way to completely erase the data is to overwrite the original contents by using iPhone data eraser app. this is the guide on how to permanently delete contacts on iPhone.

  • Alexlare Level 1 (0 points)

    i know that!! After you delete them and then compose a new text it is still there. Basically you know when you send an email to someone and do not store them it still auto populates their name. This is what happens with my phone. I Google this issue and learn some knowledge about data eraser tips.  Maybe most people still don’t know that actual contents of file are not really deleted when performing simple deletion operation on your iPhone or other devices. But they are just marked for deletion and not shown in the file system of your iOS device. The actual data are still physically present on your iPhone. For iOS system, the only way to completely erase the data is to overwrite the original contents by using iPhone data eraser app. this is the guide on how to permanently delete contacts on iPhone.

     

      The same thing happens to me, but it doesn't require deleting a contact. When I delete/replace a contact's number, the Messages.app still autocompletes the number with the contact's name and references it as "other". 

  • Durtural Level 1 (0 points)

    This can be done using a third-party tool, see the method 5 in the guide:
    Erase deleted data on iPhone completely

  • Angelacd7 Level 1 (0 points)

    When you go to type a new message & the deleted name pops up click on the i next to it. That will then give you the option to permanently delete.

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