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Are your iPhone contacts a mess? iOS can help clean things up—no third-party apps required. Better yet, you can make it happen in just a few taps without losing any information. We’ll show you how.

Find Your Duplicate Contacts

Duplicate contacts are now listed in your main contacts list, accessible using the Phone app or the Contacts app.

When you view your contacts list, you might see a notice at the top of the screen notifying you that duplicates have been found.

Duplicates found message in iOS Contacts

If you don’t see the notice, scroll to the bottom of your contacts list. Here, you’ll see the total number of contacts on your list and any duplicates.

Total number of contacts and duplicates

How to Merge Contacts

If you see “View Duplicates” at the top of your list, tap it. If you don’t, scroll to the bottom of your contacts list and tap “X Duplicates Found.”

Review contact information to be merged

Any duplicate contacts will be listed at the top of your screen. Tap on the contacts to view them. Then, when you’re ready, tap “Merge” to non-destructively combine the separate entries.

Merge individual contact entries

You can also tap “Merge All” on the previous screen to combine everything rather than reviewing each contact individually.

Merge all duplicate contacts

If you don’t see duplicates mentioned on your main contacts list, make sure your phone is updated to iOS 16. If your phone is updated and you still don’t see any duplicates, you’re good to go. Duplicates are only detected in entries where the same information is listed, for example, a phone number.

RELATED: 16 iOS 16 Features You Should Try Out Right Away

Disable Contacts Associated with Email Accounts

Another easy way to clean up your contacts list is by disabling lists associated with your email accounts. Not all of these contacts are useful, so consider decluttering.

You can do so by going to Settings > Contacts > Accounts. Then, tap the account in question and toggle “Contacts” off.

Disable contacts functionality for a Gmail account

When you do this, all contacts associated with that account will be deleted from your phone. However, they will remain on the server you downloaded them from, such as Google Contacts.

You can do much more with your contacts list on your iPhone, like delete multiple entries at once, add birthdays for your contacts, or make a list of your favorite contacts.

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