11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 1, 2013 8:34 AM by sdbaird
sarahhm2 Level 1 (0 points)

I deleted a couple of contacts from my phone but they still pop up,how can i fully delete them from my phone?

Whats the easiest possible way to do so?

iPhone 5, iOS 6.0.2
  • razmee209 Level 7 (30,346 points)

    You would have to restore your phone as new.

  • sarahhm2 Level 1 (0 points)

    So all of my information contacts etc will be deleted if I restore it?

    Is there any way I can do that but keep everything after I restore it?

  • razmee209 Level 7 (30,346 points)

    If you restore as new, everything will be deleted, but you can still sync back your contacts/music/apps. But you'll lose all your pics and texts message.  If you import your pics to your computer, you can then sync it back using itunes.


    If you restore from a backup, that contact will still be there.

  • cheonweb Level 4 (3,450 points)

    They pop up, where? In Contacts app?

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,931 points)

    Deleted contacts will still show up in the autocomplete suggestions in Messages. And, unlike Mail, Apple hasn't added a way to delete them from there.

  • cheonweb Level 4 (3,450 points)

    I know this big issue. Just asking if its this case because the OP doesn't mention where is the contacts pops up.

    Only workaround without restore as new:

    Make a contact with same number but with other name. (like &^$#).

    Send a message to this number.

    Delete the contact.

    The number is still in Message app cache but will not much with the old name and it will not pop up when you type the old name.


    Sorry for my English.

  • sarahhm2 Level 1 (0 points)

    So it would be pointless to restore it if I'm going to have to do this everytime when I delete a contact?

  • sarahhm2 Level 1 (0 points)

    The contacts appears when im going to send a message.

  • cheonweb Level 4 (3,450 points)

    Read my last post that i reply to Meg.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,931 points)

    A good work around, cheonweb. I still don't get why this is such a big problem, though.

  • sdbaird Level 1 (0 points)

    I have this same issue.  I had mistyped a contacts phone number that I use frequently.  I had been texting a stranger instead of my brother for a short time.  I have updated my brothers information with the correct number but when I try to text him, the incorrect contact still comes up with my brothers name.  I have mistakenly picked this one once or twice, again texting a stranger instead of my brother.  I don't want to restore my phone, because I have alot of info on it that I don't want to reset if I don't have to.  I have used the work around by creating a contact names "Don't Use Wrong Number", thanks cheonweb.  This contact still comes up when I type in my brothers name still, even though his name is no longer linked to the new contact, yet it's easier to know not to use it now at least.  It just bugs me that updated contact information is not deleted across both Contacts and Messages apps.  That makes no sense to me.