4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2015 5:31 AM by Meg St._Clair Branched to a new discussion.
astorck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do you completely, completely delete contacts on the iphone 5?  I have deleted them off my regular contacts but when I go back in to text their name and number still appears.


iPhone 5, iOS 6.1
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,640 points)

    Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content & Settings. Follow this by syncing your content back to the phone. Either that, or you live with it until the data is eventually overwritten.

  • Weebubs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've only just discovered this is a problem.

    Is there still no way to erase a single contact completely?

    Restoring the phone as mentioned on other threads seems drastic!!!

  • Level 1 Level 1 (80 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. But if you restore your iPhone as new, you will lose other files on iPhone. And if you then restore iPhone from iTunes backup or iCloud backup, you will get back contacts

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (42,325 points)

    Lois Green wrote:

     

    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. But if you restore your iPhone as new, you will lose other files on iPhone. And if you then restore iPhone from iTunes backup or iCloud backup, you will get back contacts

    While that was true when the OP posted two years ago, it no longer is. In the intervening years, Apple has added a way to remove people from the recents list that shows up when you message people. If the contact has been removed from your Contacts but still pops up when when you start typing in a name in the To field in messages, it will have an "i" in a blue circle to the right. Tap on that. Tap "Remove".  Confirm Remove from Recents.