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How To Clean Up Duplicate Contacts On Your Apple iPhone


If you own an Apple iPhone, chances are that at some point, you have had to manage multiple contact books on the device. These contacts could be from work, school, or your personal life. If you find that you’re trying to manage these contact books all at the same time or moved from a different phone before, the end result could come in the form of duplicate contacts.

This kind of situation can arise by using applications such as Facebook and Gmail as well, as these applications typically seek to import contacts into your phone. If you decide to enable this feature, you will likely find that your contact books are overflowing with duplicate information for the same individuals. Furthermore, there may also be subtle differences between contact information on your iPhone and information that is stored on various applications that want to import that same information. This is something else that can cause the entire system to go completely haywire, with the end result being that a handful of contact information pages will be created for one single contact.

Regardless of how intense the issue is, there are definite ways to fix it. Here are some simple tips that you can make note of and follow to help you achieve this.

Remove The Duplicate Contacts Manually

Perhaps the best and most effective way to remove duplicate contacts on your iPhone is to remove them manually. All it takes from you is a visit to your device’s “Contacts” list.

For instance, if you have accidentally entered the same information for one person twice, all you need to do is tap on one of them before tapping on the “Edit” option, which is generally located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Once you get to the “Edit” screen, simply tap on the “Delete Contact” option. It’s important to note that you will need to do this twice, as the first time you tap on “Delete Contact,” you will be met with a prompt asking if you are sure that you want to go through with the deletion. This perhaps the simplest method to delete any duplicate contacts.

Download And Use The “Cleaner” Application

Another one of the most common ways in which duplicate contacts can appear on your iPhone is by syncing your device to iTunes while, at the same time, allowing either iCloud or Outlook to access your device at the same time. In addition, if you allow other various email accounts to access your device at the same time, this may also allow information such as names and phone numbers to be imported, which can cause even more duplication issues. In fact, this can potentially create dozens or even hundreds of contacts that can be stuck next to one another in a single list. As previously mentioned, deleting duplicate contacts manually is considered to be the simplest method, but in cases like this, that may not be the best idea to take on.

Thankfully, it’s extremely easy to remedy this situation, and it’s all by use of an application known as “Cleaner.” There is both a basic version and a paid version, and thankfully, the basic version includes all of the features that you would need to get the job done.

“Cleaner” works in a rather simple manner. The application will not only track down any duplicate contacts that you can easily remove, but it will also track down contacts that contain incomplete information, such as names and phone numbers, and allow you to either fill in the missing information or leave them as they are if that is what you prefer. Even better is the fact that “Cleaner” will also actually create their own categories in order to help you easily go through any pre-determined subgroups in your contacts. For example, these categories can include “Upcoming Birthdays” and “Recently Added.”

“Merge Or Purge”

In order to begin using the “Cleaner” application, you will first be required to sign in by using one of three different options: you must sign in with either your Facebook account, your Google+ account, or sign up with another email address. Again, you cannot use the application without first signing up via one of these methods.

Once you get successfully registered, you will receive a prompt that will ask you whether or not you wish to backup your current contact list. This is typically done just in case something gets accidentally deleted that can be easily recovered in the backup.

If you agree to conduct the backup, you will be asked to do one of two things: you will be asked whether or not you want to backup everything to your “Cleaner” account or if you want to have the backup emailed to you via your iPhone’s “iOS Mail” application. Regardless of how large the contact list is, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of both options since it’s never a bad thing to be too careful in situations like this. However, the decision is ultimately up to you.

When you make your decision regarding the backup, the “Cleaner” application will then run a scan of your entire contact list. When the scan has been completed, you will be taken to a screen that will list all of the duplicate contacts that require your attention.

The good thing about it is that you will be able to do two things:

In terms of merging contacts together, “Cleaner” will also allow you to see exactly how the contact itself will appear by utilizing the “Highlight” option before confirming that this is what you want to do. However, it should be noted that if you are using the free version of “Cleaner,” you will only be able to do this with two of the same contact. If you wish to merge any more than that, you will need to upgrade to the full version of the application, which costs $1.99.

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