How to delete contacts stored locally on my iPhone

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  1. jagooch, Feb 24, 2018
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    jagooch macrumors 6502

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    ie How to delete contacts that are members of "all iphone" group in Apple Contacts app.

    I can filter contacts by group in the Contact app, for example all "Google Contacts" group has my Google contacts, and "all iphone" has the locally stored contacts. I don't see a way to easily delete the hundreds of contacts the "all iphone" group.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

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    31F2AFD5-276F-4E8C-AC65-AD20D03E22CC.jpeg I guess I’m trying to understand why logging out of iCloud would have triggered that “save local copy” option in the first place, if your contacts are synced via Google rather than iCloud in the first place (as seen in this pic)?
     
  3. jagooch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it's not important. i removed the unimportant info from my post.
     
  4. mpavilion macrumors 6502a

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    And just unchecking “All iPhone” under Groups doesn’t at least hide them? Or you want them gone for real?
     
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  6. NoBoMac macrumors 65816

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    Turn off iCloud for Contacts, choose "Keep on phone". Turn iCloud Contacts back on, click "Merge". Turn iCloud Contacts back off, then choose "Delete from phone".

    If you have a PC/Mac, can then sign into iCloud and delete all the contacts from iCloud there, if so desired (Contacts > Settings icon > Select all, Delete). Can do it from iPhone with some fumbling (site does not display well on smaller screens), but easier on iPad or computer. From iPad/iPhone, need to press-hold the Refresh icon in the address/search bar of Safari to request "Desktop Site".
     
  7. jagooch, Feb 25, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2018

    jagooch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That sort of hides them. I still see "linked contacts" at the bottom of each contact card and I honest cannot tell which of the 2 contacts - local or Google account - I'm viewing or editing. I'd rather just have one copy of each contact for simplicity's sake.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 25, 2018 ---
    iCloud contacts are disabled. I'm using Google contacts for my contacts but the issue is there are duplicates of my Google contacts on my iphone as "local" contacts.

    ie Synced Google Contact iPhone Contact
    Joe Smith . Joe Smith
    Jane Doe Jane Doe
    Apple Contacts shows the contact as a "linked contact . Here is an example:
    Name: Jane Doe
    Phone ...
    Address ..
    ... bottom of contact info
    Linked Contacts
    - Google Account
    Jane Doe
    - iPhone
    Jane Doe
     

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