If you don’t delete redundant contacts from time to time on your iPhone (or for that matter any device), it won’t take much time for the address book to look chaotic with a ton of duplicates. Worse, if you have enabled iCloud Contacts, useless contacts from other devices linked with the same account will also sync with your device, thereby putting your address book in a complete mess. As against the popular misconception, it’s much easier to delete contacts on iPhone. So, if you are all set to clean up your Contacts app, let me show you the 5 quick ways to delete contacts from iPhone and iPad.
How Does Contact Deletion Work on iPhone and iPad?
Even though the stock contacts app for iOS, lacks an option to let you delete multiple iPhone contacts at once, there are pretty simple workarounds that get the job done. For starters, you can wipe out all the iCloud Contacts that you have synced from other devices. To me, this is the best native way to declutter the Contacts app on iOS.
What’s more, you can even delete third-party contacts and stop them from syncing contacts. If you have imported contacts from third-party services including Gmail, AOL, Outlook, or others, this method can come in super handy to you. Should you need a nuclear solution to find out duplicate contacts and merge them all with ease, there are some powerful contact manager apps that can live up to your task.
Delete Specific Contacts on iPhone and iPad
If all you want is to delete a few contacts on your iPhone, you can do that with ease. However, bear in mind that deleting contacts on one device will also delete them from other devices where iCloud Contacts are enabled.
1. Launch the Contacts app on your iOS device and head over to the contact that you wish to delete. Then, tap on Edit at the top-right corner of the screen.
2. Next, scroll down to the bottom and hit Delete Contact, and confirm.
Delete All iCloud Contacts on iPhone and iPad
With iCloud Contacts, it becomes a bit easy to manage and keep your contacts updated across devices. However, if you fail to take control of the synced contacts, your address book would end up being cluttered. Thankfully, iOS offers a straightforward way to delete all the previously synced iCloud Contacts. So, if you don’t want to keep the synced contacts anymore, check out the following steps to remove them.
1. Open the Setting app on your iPhone and tap your profile.
2. Now, choose iCloud and then turn off the toggle for Contacts. Next, you will get a popup from the bottom asking you what you would like to do with your previously-synced iCloud contacts on your iOS device. Tap “Delete from My iPhone/iPad” to finish.
Use iCloud to Delete Multiple iPhone Contacts at Once
iCloud has long been a trusted way to delete multiple iPhone and iPad contacts at once. Hence, if you have a computer with a stable Internet connection, you can easily select all the useless contacts and delete them all with just one click.
1. Open a web browser on your computer and head over to icloud.com. After that, sign in with your Apple ID and password. Then, choose Contacts.
4. Next up, click Delete and confirm the deletion of the contacts.
That’s done! Your selected contacts will be deleted from all the devices linked with the same iCloud account.
Delete Third-Party Contacts from Your iPhone and iPad
iOS also lets you remove third-party contacts from your iPhone and iPad. So, if you had earlier synced contacts from Gmail or other services, you can eliminate them without any hassle.
1. Head over to the Settings app on your iOS device and choose Contacts.
2. Now, tap Accounts and then choose the account which you wish to delete.
3. Turn off the toggle for Contacts. Then, hit Delete from My iPhone/iPhone to confirm the deletion of all the contacts of this account.
Use a Third-Party App to Delete Multiple iPhone Contacts at Once
If you are looking for a smart contact manager that can let you easily delete multiple iPhone contacts with ease, I would recommend you try Groups (free, the full version is available for $9.99) or Delete Contacts+ (free, contact tools is available for $3.99). They are easy to use and work reliably in letting you remove useless contacts from your iOS device.
Irrespective of which of these two apps you choose, you can sail through the process without any pain. For the purpose of this guide, I’m going to show you how to delete all the iPhone contacts at once or individual contacts using the Groups app.
1. To get started, launch the Groups app on your device and then allow the app to access your contacts.
2. Now, tap select All Contacts from the Groups list. Now, if you want to wipe out your entire iPhone contacts at one go, choose the Select All option at the top left corner of the screen. However, if you want to delete specific contacts on your iOS device, select the contacts which you no longer need.
3. Next, tap Choose Action at the top center and hit Delete Contacts in the popup menu. Make sure to confirm the deletion of the contacts.
Delete Multiple Contacts from Your iOS/iPadOS Device With Ease
That’s it! So, these are the viable ways to delete contacts on your iOS device. It’s been a long time since Apple added some notable features to the Contacts app. Unlike other stock apps like Safari which has recently got extensions and FaceTime that has been overhauled with cool features like SharePlay and screen sharing, the contacts app looks outdated and deserves a redesign. Speaking of a noteworthy feature, more effective ways to merge duplicate contacts and delete several contacts at one go would be highly appreciable. What do you think? Make sure your share your feedback and the sort of improvements you would like to see in the stock contacts app.