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