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How To Delete Duplicate Contacts On iPhone/iPad/Mac (2022)

How To Delete Duplicate Contacts On iPhone/iPad/Mac (2022)

How To Delete Duplicate Contacts On iPhone/iPad/Mac (2022)

How To Delete Duplicate Contacts On iPhone/iPad/Mac (2022)

Are you an iPhone/Mac or iPad User? Do you find it disturbing when there are multiple or duplicate numbers saved in your contact list? Do you want to get rid of these duplicate contacts without losing any? You can do this in few easy steps

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NOTE: Directly deleting duplicates from your iPhone is simple, but it might be time-consuming. This is due to the fact that each contact must be deleted separately. These procedures must be repeated for each duplicate contact if you have many of them. Unfortunately, there isn’t a function to scan your contacts, discover duplicates, and provide you with a simple way to deal with them via the pre-installed Contacts app. You may download a variety of third-party apps for this from the App Store. 

Reasons For Duplicate Contacts on iPhone 

There are many explanations for why the iPhone Contacts app comes pre-installed with numerous entries for the same people. Among the most popular explanations are:

  • You entered information for the same person more than once.
  • You took the iPhone’s suggestion to add someone to your address book and they were already saved as a contact, but the iPhone added them separately.
  • You may have combined multiple address books at some point and not fully combined duplicate entries for the same people.
  • You may sync contacts from multiple sources into your iPhone and have separate listings for the same person in each app.
  • You imported your contacts from multiple Gmail accounts and they appear as duplicate or merged

In this article, we will reveal a step-by-step procedure on how to delete these duplicate contacts.

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How To Delete Duplicate Contacts On Mac (2022) 

Using the Contacts software on your Mac, which will automatically flag and merge contacts that appear to be identical, is the simplest approach to get rid of duplicates from your list. Additionally, any changes you make on the Mac will update your iPhone if you sync your contacts between your iPhone and Mac. What you should do is:

  1. In the Mac Contacts app, click Card in the menu bar.

  2. Click Look for Duplicates.

  3. The Contacts app will scan all of your contacts. When it finds duplicates, click Merge to combine them and delete old unneeded ones.

    If you want to merge contacts with the same name but different other information, check the box before clicking Merge. This is tricky because you could have two different people with the same name in your address book and this will combine them into one.

    How To Delete Duplicate Contacts On iPhone/iPad/Mac (2022)

     

  4. Wait a few minutes and the change will sync to your iPhone if you use iCloud to sync your iPhone and Mac. To get updates if you don’t use iCloud, you can sync your Mac and iPhone using a USB cable.

How To Delete Duplicate Contacts On iPhone (2022)

You can also manage duplicate entries from the Contacts app on your iPhone, but it doesn’t have a convenient “Find Duplicates” feature as the Mac version does.

  1. Find a duplicate entry you want to delete in the Contacts app, and tap it.

  2. Tap Edit.

  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Delete Contact.

  4. In the pop-up, tap Delete Contact.

  5. Repeat this process to get rid of each duplicate contact. Every contact you delete on your iPhone will also be instantly deleted from any other devices that use iCloud to sync contacts.

How To Delete Duplicate Contacts Using iCloud (2022)

This third method works well for Windows users who have iPhones. Follow these steps to delete a contact via iCloud’s interface. Just like using the Contacts app, changes you make here will transfer to your iPhone.

  1. Log into iCloud.com and click Contacts.

  2. Click the duplicate contact.

  3. Click Edit.

  4. Click Delete Contact and then the Delete confirmation as well.


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