How to Merge Duplicate Contacts on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Merging duplicate contacts on your iPhone can help you keep your address book organized and clutter-free. If you have multiple entries for the same person, it can be frustrating to search through your contacts every time you need to make a call or send a message. Luckily, with just a few simple steps, you can merge those duplicate contacts and streamline your contact list.

Step 1: Open the Contacts App

To get started, locate and open the Contacts app on your iPhone. It is usually represented by an icon with a Silhouette of a person.

Step 2: Find the Duplicate Contacts

Scroll through your list of contacts and identify any duplicates that you want to merge. Look for entries with similar names, phone numbers, or email addresses.


If you have a large number of contacts, it may be helpful to use the search bar at the top of the screen to quickly find specific names or details.

Step 3: Open a Duplicate Contact

Tap on one of the duplicate contacts to open it. This will display all the details associated with that contact.

Step 4: Tap “Edit”

In the top-right corner of the screen, tap on the “Edit” button. This will allow you to make changes to the contact’s information.

Step 5: Merge Contact Information

Boldly identify which information is correct and which needs to be merged. For example:

  • Name: If both duplicates have slightly different names (e.g., “John Smith” and “John D. Smith”), choose one name as the primary name for this contact.
  • Phone numbers: Compare the phone numbers listed for each duplicate. If they are different but belong to the same person, select the correct number and add it to the contact’s details.
  • Email addresses: Follow the same process as with phone numbers, ensuring that you select and add the correct email address.
  • Other details: Merge any other relevant details, such as addresses or notes, by copying them from one duplicate to another.

Step 6: Save Changes

Once you have merged all the necessary information, tap on the “Done” button in the top-right corner of the screen to save your changes. The duplicate contact will now be updated with the merged information.

Step 7: Repeat for Other Duplicates

If you have multiple duplicates, repeat steps 3-6 for each one until you have merged all necessary contacts.


If you are unsure whether two contacts should be merged or not, it is always a good idea to keep a backup of your contacts before making any changes. This way, you can easily restore them if needed.

Merging duplicate contacts on your iPhone is a simple yet effective way to keep your address book organized. By following these steps and using the built-in Contacts app, you can easily merge duplicate entries and ensure that your contact list remains updated and clutter-free.

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