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How to Delete Multiple Contacts at Once on iPhone

User deleting multiple contacts at once on iPhone
Khamosh Pathak

The iPhone’s software has grown a lot since it was first released. Despite its evolution, Apple’s Contacts app on the iPhone is still quite barebones. You can’t even delete multiple contacts in the app. But don’t worry, there’s an app for that!

While Apple clearly doesn’t seem to want additional organization features to the Contacts app, there are plenty of third-party apps to help you out. The Contact Groups app offers a simple option that lets you select and delete multiple contacts from your contact book.

RELATED: How to Manage and Delete Contacts On Your iPhone or iPad

The free version of the app lets you delete 10 contacts at a time and repeat the process as many times as you like. To remove the limit, you can subscribe to the pro version of the Contact Groups app, which costs $1.99/year or $5.99 for a lifetime purchase.

After downloading Contact Groups, give the app permission to access your contacts by tapping the “OK” button.

Tap OK from popup to give Contacts permission

The app is designed to help you create and manage contact groups. As part of its core feature set, it also has a separate contact management section. Go to the “Contacts” tab to start the process.

Go to the Contacts tab in the Groups app

Here, tap the “Select” button from the top-left corner.

Tap Select button from Contacts tab

You can now scroll through your contact book and select the contacts that you want to delete.

Next, from the bottom toolbar, tap the “Delete” button.

Choose multiple contacts to delete and then tap the Delete option

From the pop-up message, tap the “Delete” button again to confirm.

Tap Delete to Delete Contacts

And just like that, you’ll find that the contacts will be deleted from Apple’s built-in Contacts app. You reopen the Contacts app and search for a contact to confirm.


If you don’t want to use a third-party app, you can use the Contacts app to delete contacts one-by-one. Alternatively, you can use the iCloud website on your iPad or Mac to delete multiple contacts from your iCloud account.

RELATED: How to Manage and Delete Contacts On Your iPhone or iPad

Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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