How to Delete Duplicate Contacts on iPhone

The process of storing your contacts’ information on your device is not always foolproof. iCloud errors or syncing issues between your iPhone and email account can cause contacts to be duplicated on your phone.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 8, 2022

The process of storing your contacts’ information on your device is not always foolproof. iCloud errors or syncing issues between your iPhone and email account can cause contacts to be duplicated on your phone. Thankfully, this issue has a few easy fixes to take care of the duplicates. Here’s how to do it.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16+

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Method 1: Manually Delete Duplicate Contacts

First, locate the Contacts app icon and tap to open. Scroll through your list of contacts until you find the duplicate entry you wish to delete and tap to open. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting a duplicate

Next, tap the Edit button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. See the below image:

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Selecting the Edit mode

Now, scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the Delete Contact option. Tap this to delete the contact. See the following image:

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Delete a duplicate

A small pop-up will appear asking you to confirm your deletion. Tap Delete Contact again to remove the duplicate. Refer to the below image:

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Confirm the deletion

Method 2: Merge and Delete Duplicates

In order to get rid of all duplicate contacts on your iPhone and clean up your contacts so you only have one contact card for each individual, follow these steps.

First, open up the Contacts app. If you have duplicate contacts, a pop-up message will appear under your card at the top of the display (if you do not see this message, see the Pop-Up Message section below). Tap on View Duplicates. See the below image:

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Duplicates Found pop-up message

Next, to merge all contacts, tap on the Merge All button at the bottom of your screen. See the following image:

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Merge all duplicates

Next, to merge one contact, select a duplicate entry and tap the Merge button at the bottom of your screen. Refer to the below image:

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Merge the one duplicate

Pop-Up Message

The pop-up window beneath your card is problematic. If you do not see the pop-up, scroll all the way to the bottom of your Contacts and tap the Duplicates Found link. See the below image:

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Accessing duplicates at bottom of contacts

Now, select a duplicate entry or Merge All. See the following image where we selected a duplicate contact card:

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Selecting a duplicate

Next, tap the Merge button at the bottom of your screen. Refer to the below image:

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Merge the one duplicate

Your duplicated contacts will then be transferred to one contact card and combine all the unique information from each extra card.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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