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How to Delete Duplicate Contacts on iPhone? [Complete Guide]

sofia albert
Sofia Albert updated on Dec 01, 2022 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

Have you ever wondered how you have duplicate contacts on your phone? It could be a result of connecting your iPhone to services like email addresses and social media such as Facebook. Other times, it could be a mistake to save the same contact person under different names because they use different numbers for various purposes.

In this article, you will learn how to delete duplicate contacts on iPhone using a third-party application and manually. Let's dive right in.

How to Remove Duplicate Contacts Manually on iPhone?

This is essential if you want to keep your devices in sync without having duplicates across them all. Removing these duplicate contacts from your iPhone is less convenient than performing the same process on your MacBook.

There are various ways of removing duplicate contacts on iPhones using third-party applications. However, this section focuses on doing it manually without using an external application. Here's how to go about it.

Step 1. Open the Contacts App on your iPhone.

Step 2. Locate the duplicate entry you desire to delete.

Step 3. Tap "Edit" at the top right corner of your screen.

tap Edit at the top right corner of your screen

Step 4. Scroll down and tap "Delete Contact" twice.

tap Delete Contact twice

Step 5. Repeat the process for all duplicate contacts you need to eliminate from your iPhone.

Note: If your contacts are synced with other devices via iCloud, then deleting duplicate contact on your iPhone will reflect in all your other devices as duplicates will be removed from them all simultaneously.

How to Remove Duplicate Contacts on iPhone with an App?

Can you imagine having over 200 duplicate contacts and trying to delete them manually? It will lead to frustration and many inefficiencies due to tiredness and mistakes in deleting the right contacts.

Luckily, there are other ways to get rid of duplicate contacts on iPhone without going through all that hassle. Many applications exist in the App store that does this job more efficiently. Some are free, and others paid, while some work better than others.

To get access to all those applications, search for duplicate contact on your App store and choose the ones that best suit your needs. However, we will be zeroing down on the Cleaner Pro in this section.

Cleaner Pro offers the easiest way to remove duplicate contact from your iPhone. It also allows merging files if you don't want to delete them. In addition, you can delete similar screenshots, large videos, photos, and many other kinds of files that have duplicates without your device.

Consequently, it frees up your RAM (Random-access memory) and storage while achieving this with little CPU (central processing unit) usage. It is worth noting that this application works on iPhone and Android devices and has a very high customer rating/ reviews about its excellent features.

To use the Cleaner Pro to remove duplicate contacts on your iPhone, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Launch the Cleaner Pro App.

Step 2. Accept its Terms of use.

accept terms of use

Step 3. Give access to Cleaner Pro to access your contacts. This is important for the application will work.

Step 4. Then, it displays the number of contacts imported into the application.

Step 5. Cleaner Pro displays the contacts with missing numbers, emails, names, or other group identifiers. You can edit each one to fill up the missing information.

contacts appear

Step 6. Under Duplicates, select "Duplicate Contacts."

Step 7. From the list generated, tap the contacts you wish to merge. This merge option combines the information from various duplicates into one contact and deletes other representations.

Step 8. Tap "Merge" at the bottom to merge and delete duplicates, as seen in the screenshot below.

tap merge at the bottom

Step 9. As the merge process occurs, you will see an animation indicating progress in "Merging." The time taken depends on the number of duplicates you try to merge.

Step 10. After successfully merging the duplicates, you will find only one entry for such contact in your Contacts App.

Final Verdict

Conclusively, this article has discussed how to delete duplicate contacts on iPhone manually and with a third-party application. After reading this article, you should have no issue removing duplicate contacts on your iPhone.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that can help you further.

1. How do you delete multiple Contacts on iPhone without iCloud?

From Settings, go to Contacts, then Accounts. Tap the account with multiple contacts you desire to delete, then choose "Turn Off Contacts," after which you select "Delete from my iPhone."

2. Do you have more efficient apps to recommend?

Contacts+, Cleanup Duplicate Contacts, Contacts Cleaner, MultiDelete, Super Cleaner, and many more can help you remove duplicate contact on your iPhone.

The Cleanup Duplicate Contacts automatically syncs contacts with iCloud and Gmail while merging double contacts. It also centralizes more than 5,000 contacts in 60 seconds. Contacts Cleaner supports about 15 languages and can filter by job title, date of birth, and other points.

Contacts+ works with different accounts like iCloud, Gmail, and Office 365 and prepares custom groups and auto-fills contact details using integrated account details. In addition, the MultiDelete uses advanced filter asides from its primary function of removing duplicate contacts.

Lastly, the Super Cleaner offers a unique feature of security, but you can only access this security and merging feature as a premium subscriber. It is multidimensional and easy to use.



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