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How to find and merge duplicate contacts on iPhone

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Are your iPhone contacts a mess? iOS can help clean things up, no third-party apps required. Better yet, you can make it happen in just a few taps without losing any information. We’ll show you how.

Duplicate contacts are now listed in your main contact list, accessible via the Phone app or Contacts app.

When viewing your contact list, you may see a notice at the top of the screen notifying you that duplicates have been found.

Message found duplicate in iOS contacts

If you don’t see the prompt, scroll to the bottom of your contact list. Here, you’ll see the total number of contacts in your list and any duplicates.

Total number of contacts and duplicates

If you see “View Duplicates” at the top of your list, tap on it. If it doesn’t, scroll to the bottom of your contact list and tap “X Duplicates Found”.

Review contact information to be merged

All duplicate contacts will appear at the top of the screen. Touch the contacts to see them. Then, when you’re ready, tap “Merge” to non-destructively combine the separate entries.

Combine individual contact entries

You can also tap “Merge All” on the above screen to merge everything instead of checking each contact individually.

Merge all duplicate contacts

If you don’t see any duplicates listed in your main contact list, make sure your phone is updated to iOS 16. If your phone is up to date and you still don’t see any duplicates, you’re good to go. Duplicates are only detected for entries where the same information appears, for example a phone number.

RELATED: 16 iOS 16 Features You Should Try Right Away

Another easy way to clean up your contact list is to disable the lists associated with your email accounts. Not all of these contacts are useful, so consider ordering them.

You can do this by going to Settings > Contacts > Accounts. Then tap on the account in question and turn off “Contacts”.

Disable contacts functionality for a Gmail account

When you do this, all contacts associated with that account will be removed from your phone. However, they will remain on the server you downloaded them from, like Google Contacts.

You can do a lot more with your contact list on your iPhone, like delete multiple entries at once, add birthdays for your contacts, or make a list of your favorite contacts.


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