How to Remove Duplicate Contacts on iPhone

Alicia Santos

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How to Remove Duplicate Contacts on iPhone

Having duplicate contacts on your iPhone can be quite annoying and can clutter your address book. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can follow to remove these duplicates and keep your contacts organized. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of removing duplicate contacts on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Contacts App

To begin, locate and open the Contacts app on your iPhone. This app is usually found on the home screen or in the dock at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Select All Contacts

In the Contacts app, tap on the “Groups” button located at the top left corner of the screen. A list of contact groups will appear. Tap on “All Contacts” to display all your contacts.


If you have multiple accounts linked to your iPhone (such as iCloud, Google, or Exchange), make sure all accounts are selected to ensure that duplicates from all sources are included in the search.

Step 3: Identify Duplicate Contacts

Scroll through your contact list and look for any duplicate entries. Duplicates often have similar names or phone numbers. It’s important to review each entry carefully before deleting to avoid accidentally removing important contacts.

Step 4: Merge Duplicates

If you find duplicate entries with slightly different information (such as different phone numbers or email addresses), you can merge them into one contact. To do this:

  • Select one of the duplicate contacts.
  • Tap on “Edit” in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Scroll down and tap on “Add Phone” or “Add Email” to add the missing information from the other duplicate contact.
  • Once you have added the missing information, tap on “Done” to save the changes. The duplicate contacts will now be merged into one.

Step 5: Delete Duplicate Contacts

If you have identified exact duplicates (contacts with identical names and phone numbers), you can delete them directly. To delete a duplicate contact:

  • Select the duplicate contact.
  • Scroll down and tap on “Delete Contact”.
  • A confirmation message will appear. Tap on “Delete Contact” again to confirm and remove the duplicate entry.


Deleting a contact will permanently remove it from your iPhone, so make sure you are deleting the correct duplicate entry.

Step 6: Repeat if Necessary

Continue scrolling through your contact list and repeating steps 4 and 5 until you have removed all duplicate contacts from your iPhone.


You have successfully removed duplicate contacts from your iPhone. Your address book should now be clean and organized, making it easier for you to find and communicate with your contacts.

In Conclusion

Removing duplicate contacts on your iPhone is a simple yet crucial task in maintaining an organized address book. By following these steps, you can efficiently clean up your contacts list and ensure that every entry is accurate and up-to-date.

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