How to Delete All Contacts on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you tired of managing a cluttered contact list on your iPhone? Deleting contacts individually can be time-consuming and tedious.

Fortunately, there’s a way to delete all contacts on your iPhone with just a few simple steps. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process using the built-in Contacts app.

Backup Your Contacts

Before we proceed with deleting all contacts, it’s essential to create a backup. This ensures that you don’t lose any important information accidentally. To back up your contacts:

  • Step 1: Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “Accounts & Passwords” (or “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” in older iOS versions).
  • Step 3: Select the account(s) where your contacts are stored (e.g., iCloud, Gmail).
  • Step 4: Toggle the “Contacts” switch to enable syncing with that account.

Your contacts will now be backed up to the selected account. You can also use third-party services like iCloud or iTunes for more comprehensive backups.

Delete All Contacts

Once you’ve created a backup of your contacts, you’re ready to delete them all. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open the “Contacts” app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Tap on the “Groups” button at the top left corner of the screen.
  • Step 3: Uncheck all groups except for “All Contacts.” This will display all your contacts in a single list.
  • Step 4: Tap on the first contact in the list.
  • Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of the contact details and press and hold the “Delete Contact” button.
  • Step 6: Without releasing your finger from the screen, use another finger to tap on any other contact. This will select multiple contacts simultaneously.
  • Step 7: Keep scrolling and tapping on contacts until every contact is selected.
  • Step 8: Finally, tap on “Delete All” at the top left corner of the screen.

You’ll be prompted to confirm the deletion. Once confirmed, all your contacts will be permanently deleted from your iPhone. Don’t worry; they are still backed up if you followed the previous steps!

Restore Your Contacts

If you ever need to restore your deleted contacts, you can simply sync them back from your backup. To do this:

  • Step 1: Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  • Step 3: Select the account(s) where you have backed up your contacts.
  • Step 4: Toggle the “Contacts” switch to enable syncing with that account again.

Your contacts will start syncing back to your iPhone. Depending on the number of contacts, it may take a few moments to complete the restoration process.


Deleting all contacts on your iPhone can be done easily, but it’s crucial to create a backup first. This ensures that you have a copy of your contacts in case you need them later.

Remember to regularly back up your contacts to avoid any data loss. With the step-by-step instructions provided in this tutorial, you can now keep your contact list organized and clutter-free!

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