anyway to delete duplicate contacts?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aliensarecool, May 21, 2012.

  1. aliensarecool macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
    i'm sure it is something to do with icloud..but damn, it's annoying
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Is it everywhere or just on your iPhone?

    I found that the duplicates (don't know how it happened either) were just on my phone, not on

    So I turned off contacts on the phone and erased them all. Then I turned it back on and that fixed it.

    See if that's your situation too.
  3. aliensarecool thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
    i have some in my icloud website, not sure how long they been there. should i delete the ones there, then do what u did


    how do my contacts get to is it just because i did a back up to there before
  4. gmhag macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2011
    I've had this problem too. Seems like everything doesnt work as seamlessly as it should. Deleting them didnt work good for me because i found that sometimes they werent exactly duplicates. Sometimes one would have the persons personal email and the other the same persons work email. I found a pretty good trick though that works for me.

    Go into "Contacts"
    Select contact with a duplicate
    Hit "Edit"
    Go down and select "Linked Cards"
    then select the other duplicate contact
    now "save"

    Now the contacts are merged and only show as one contact in your address book.
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If your Mac is signed into iCloud (and you have Contacts set to sync), you can go into the Address Book application and use the Card | Look for Duplicates menu bar option.

    The only thing I don't like about that is that it tells you the number of duplicates it found, and gives you the option of merging duplicate cards, but it doesn't give you a preview of the data it found.

    That being that, the feature has always worked well for me. :)
  6. iSR5 macrumors member

    May 10, 2012
    Use Gmail contacts to manage your contacts and delete duplicate contacts.
    It's easy and fast, with one click ;)
  7. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    Settings > iCloud > Turn contacts "off" and then back "on"

    This worked for me. Not sure if I got lucky, but you could try it.

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