Old contact still showing up in text message drafts

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cowbellallen, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    I have a contact that has been deleted from my iPhone for about 6 months. Whenever I draft a new text message and type in the first letter of the old contact's name, their info and phone number still appears. This is driving me nuts because I have a different contact with the same name and don't want to have the old contact still listed.

    When I do this, I have no saved text messages at all. The contact is definitely gone from my iPhone everywhere else but here.

    I have even assigned the old contact's number to a new contact I named 'gonad'. When I saved the number and typed in the old contact name into a text message draft, the old contact is gone! But when I delete the new contact, the number and old contact reappear when I try to draft again.

    I have tried restoring and backing up, not to mention look for anyone that has successfully been able to do it. Please let me know if you've had success with this issue.

    To recap:

    • A contact was deleted 6 months ago
    • The phone number is no longer saved anywhere
    • I have no saved text messages on my iPhone
    • I can only get rid of the contact by assigning the phone number to a new contact, which I don't want to do. I just want it gone!
  2. macrumors 68040


    Oct 18, 2008
    Have you tried just doing a Reset All Settings? That might take care of it.
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    Settings > general > spotlight search.

    Turn everything off exit the menu restart your phone and try typing it again. If its solved you can choose to turn spotlight on
  4. macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2013
    Dallas, TX
    That doesn't make sense?
  5. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    Once you've turned spotlight search off and restarted the phone try entering that contact again. It should be gone.
  6. macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2013
    Dallas, TX
    Turning it off would render nothing searchable are you saying we should re enable it at any point in time?
  7. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    That is what I said in my first post
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007

    This did nothing. Any other tips? I keep accidentally sending texts to this number my sister no longer has!
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    Ah, really? I only text the same 13-16 people MAX at any given time. And as I always accidentally message my sister's old number, I guess it stays on the contact list?
  10. macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2012
    Adelaide, Australia
    I have the same issue. It's very annoying since the problem has been there for a really long time and apple is not doing anything to fix it. I have been googling about it and the only solution seems to be restoring as new.
  11. macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2013
    Same issue here! I find it incredibly annoying!!
  12. macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2012
    Adelaide, Australia
    Just tried this and it didn't work for me at least. :(
  13. macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2012
    The phone stores this information in cache memory. The only way to get rid of it is to restore the phone as new but given time the issue will appear again. I suggest you just ignore this and with time the memory will be overwritten
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2013
    Yes, it's very annoying. It seems it would be a simple fix and I don't want to keep resetting my phone and reentering all my contacts when I want to delete someone.
  15. macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2012
    I fixed this on my iphone yesterday by erasing all content and setting and then setting it up as a new iphone. Once you have it set-up, go to icloud and turn on contacts and they should be automatically ported over. Don't restore it from a backup.

    Or at least thats what happened with mine, but i would recommend writing your contacts and phone number on a piece of paper before just in case something happens.
  16. macrumors newbie

    So the only way is to delete all data? It's crazy!
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2013
    Not a fix but work around.

    This is not really a fix but kind of a work around to stop you from sending to the wrong person.
    Create a new contact with a name like "void" or anything really, with the old number as the number for that newly created contact. Now when you create a new draft and start typing the name of who you want to send to, the old number will still come up but will not have the same name so you won't click that one.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Brilliant. I did this and it helps. I used the "void" lol
  19. macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2013
    I found that workaround too.

    I made a new contact called Xxxxxxxxxx ( I don't have any contacts starting with one X, never mind a series of them! ) and I assigned the old number to that.

    Then I sent a text to that old number.

    Then I deleted the new Xxxxxxxxxx contact, and the text message I sent.

    The old number no longer troubles me, even though still in the message cache, because it has been reassigned to a deleted contact beginning with Xxxxxxxxxx, and that's a name I'll never be texting to again.

    Great to be rid of what became a real pain, with seemingly no solution, other than setting the phone up again as a new handset.

    Hopefully the folks at Apple tech. can sort this in iOS 7!

  20. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2013
    United Kingdom
    If I'm reading this correctly, this problem is simple! When on the new text message screen and you type in their name it will have a circled i next to it, click this and then go down to remove from list. Then it's gone...
  21. macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2013
    Removing old contacts

    There is an easy way to make sure they do not appear any longer. Once you have deleted the phone number from your contacts, send a text to the number you deleted from your contacts and hit the contact on the upper right hand corner, there you will see the Phone icon, the facetime icon and the i icon...press the (i) icon and you will see the words (REMOVE FROM RECENTS) in red...remove and that is it...try and let me know...It has worked for me every time
  22. macrumors member


    Apr 7, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Thanks so much for posting this. It works!
  23. macrumors newbie


    Sep 26, 2015
    I finally know the answer to this!! When you are typing the name and the others come up, press the little info button and "REMOVE FROM RECENT FEED"

    Your welcome!
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2011
    Did you date a techie ex who has access to your icloud? Maybe they dont wanna be forgotten
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    I discovered this recently, and IMO it's not only a huge bug but a security risk. Even after wiping the phone and setting up as new, (AND signing in with a completely different iCloud account) those "recents" still show up.

    In other words, anyone who's wiped and sold an iPhone very likely exposed some of your contacts to tie new owner, even if it was wiped by both parties.

    Not good.

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