How to Delete Duplicate Contacts on iPhone (iOS9)? [Free]
There are many reasons why you end up with iPhone duplicate contacts. Duplicates come from synchronization, iCloud enabled, multiple email and social accounts synchronized with your iPhone. Or maybe you have issues with Exchange, Gmail or iTunes?
There are few ways to delete or merge duplicate contacts on your iPhone. Some are better, easier and cheaper (or even free) than others.
If you have fewer iPhone duplicate contacts, the first thing you can do is to use a linking option.
Link duplicate contacts on iPhone manually
1. If you want to link duplicate iPhone contacts, open Contacts app. Scroll down till you find dupes you want to merge. Select one contact.
Tap on Edit on the top-right and select Link Contacts.
2. Select the contact you want to link it to and tap on Link.
3. Tap on Done. You can select more contacts to link it with.
And that‘s it! Now you can see only one, fully merged contact.
There‘s just one thing. By doing that you‘re making them show as one full contact on your iPhone, but not actually removing duplicate contacts from iPhone. Also, this might be a time killer if you have dozens of contacts. Or if you're synchronizing your iPhone with several different mail and other accounts. You can spend hours and hours on doing all the linking manually.
But there's a way to get all the work done for you. Read further and find out how to have the same results and delete duplicate contacts on iPhone without spending time or money.
Skip hours of manual linking and delete duplicate contacts on iPhone in a few moments [it's free]
Duplicates will be a regular issue as long as you have multiple accounts linked to your iPhone. So the best way to solve this problem is to find a tool which works quickly and easily.
If you want to delete duplicate contacts on iPhone for good, sign up for Mergix service (don't worry, sign up is free and no credit card is required).
Mergix is for those who have multiple accounts linked to their phones and wish to have the address book organized and keep it like that without wasting any time at all! It will scan all the sources and delete duplicate contacts from iPhone for free.
Let's Get Started
Log in to your mergix account and select the device. Put in the name of your iPhone.
Shortly, you'll see a search report.
In case you exit your browser, you should receive the report in your mailbox (just make sure to check it, it's valid for an hour). In the final report you can see the number of:
- contacts scanned
- duplicates to merge
- junk contacts
- similar contacts
Using the Free Mergix account you'll be able to merge duplicate iPhone contacts across unlimited number of services linked to it. Your phone will get the updated contacts information if the sync is enabled.
You'll end up with an organized address book. And all this - for unlimited time!
One great thing about Mergix is that it's designed as an advanced contact cleanup tool. The Premium subscription allows you to detect and delete junk (one-field) contacts and manually merge similar ones. You can also use it for unlimited number of devices.
The pricing starts at $3.33/month.
Check out the video to see how Mergix works:
You don't even need to download a thing. Just bookmark app.mergix.com and simply log in when you want to delete duplicate contacts on iPhone.
Is there a way to avoid a cluttered address book?
It's very important to understand how dupes are made. Once you understand where the problem is coming from, you can solve it easily.
On you're iPhone you might be using iCloud, iTunes, Gmail to sync your data and your contacts. And you probably have the same people as contacts in different accounts. That's when duplicates start to appear. You might want to check which sources you're syncing your contacts with:
Open up iPhone settings app and choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
You should be able to see the list of all the accounts being synchronized with your iPhone. Simply check which of them say Contacts in the list of used services.
We recommend that you sync contacts from one service only, to avoid a big mess and having to delete all those duplicate contacts from your iPhone. But if you wish to keep all of them synchronized or have already messed up your address list, turn to Mergix for a quick and advanced help.
Hope we helped! If you have any tips for removing duplicate contacts on iPhone, please leave a comment!