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How to merge duplicate contacts on Android

The “Contacts” app is probably one of the most forgotten apps on your Android phone. Your contacts are used by email, SMS, and phone applications, so it’s important to clean them up regularly. We’ll show you how to merge duplicates.

What is a “duplicate contact”? You can easily end up with two instances of the same person, one with a phone number and one with an email address. The good news is that you don’t have to find these duplicates yourself.

Merge duplicate contacts with Google contacts

Google offers its own app simply called “Contacts” for all Android devices. If it’s not already on yours, you can download it from the Play Store.

First, open the app and make sure you’re in the correct Google account, if you have multiple, by tapping the profile icon in the search bar. You can change here if you need.

Use the correct Google account.

You can now switch to the “Repair and Manage” tab at the bottom of the screen.

Switch to "Repair and Manage."

Select the “Merge and Fix” tool.

Select "Combine and correct."

Google will find any contacts that it thinks could be merged. Tap “Merge Duplicates” to review the suggestions.

Play "Merge duplicates."

Review the suggestions and tap “Merge” or “Dismiss” on any of them. If they all look good, you can combine them all in one go with the “Merge All” button.

Merge the contacts.

Are you ready! The contacts will now appear as one, with no more duplicates.

Merge Duplicate Contacts with Samsung Contacts

The default “Contacts” app on Samsung Galaxy devices has a tool to merge duplicate contacts. Let’s open the app to get started.

Opened "Contacts."

Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) on the left side of the screen and select “Manage Contacts.”

Touch the menu and "Manage contacts."

Select “Merge Contacts.”

Play "Merge contacts."

There are three sections on this screen. Duplicate contacts are organized by the part that is duplicated: “Number”, “Email” or “Name”. Select any of the contacts you would like to merge or tap “Select All”.

Select the contacts.

Tap “Merge” at the bottom of the screen.

Play "Join."

That’s it! The contacts will now appear as one. It’s very easy for contacts to get out of control. Fortunately, both Google and Samsung offer easy methods to help you keep things organized.

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