- Go to the iCloud website.
- Sign in using your Apple ID.
- From the main menu.
- Go to “Contacts.”
- Hold down the “Ctrl” or “Command” button on your keyboard as you select each contact you want to delete.
How to Remove or Merge iCloud Duplicate Contacts
If you have 10,000 contacts and half of them are duplicates, removing them can be a big time saver. To do this we need to sync the devices linking the duplicate contacts together. Fortunately this is really easy on iPhones, iPads and Macs but slightly harder on Android devices.
How to Delete Multiple Contacts in iCloud
1. Go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone/iPad/Mac (or whatever it’s called in your version) and click “Learn more”. You’ll get an Apple ID login screen pop up that you don’t need to enter credentials for – just click “Don’t have an Apple ID? Set up Later”. Click “Done” when finished with that popup. This creates a relationship between all your iPhones, iPads and Macs.
2. Now go to Settings > iCloud > Contacts and click “View Details“. Click the button that says “Delete contacts” on the bottom right. This will delete all your contacts in one go (iCloud will ask you if you really want to do this – click ‘Yes’). This also deletes all contact relationships between devices so make sure you know what you’re doing! After deleting wait a minute or so then reboot your device by holding down sleep/wake key and power at the same time for 10 seconds until it reboots. If done correctly, resync your devices making sure they are connected to WiFi first and that Find My iPhone is enabled under Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone/iPad/Mac (or whatever it’s called in your version). As soon as a device is finished you’ll see the other devices automatically sync.
All devices will have all the same contacts now so any duplicates should show up. You can then select them and delete each duplicate contact one by one and save yourself loads of time!
The biggest problem with removing duplicate contacts on Android is that all your devices need to be linked together via Google account through “Google Settings” app so they can auto-sync back-up & restore data between devices. If you haven’t done this, do it now! Just go to Settings > Accounts & Sync> Add Account> Google – You’ll be asked for your Google details. You can also remove contacts using the ‘Contacts’ app on Android but you won’t be able to delete any of the linked duplicate contacts as it only allows you to select and deselect them so you’d just have to manually delete twice as many once they’re selected.
Another way is to factory reset all your Android devices, connect back up via wifi with full battery and make sure the time is correct (if not check here). As soon as one device syncs up go through all the steps above on iOS and then do a manual backup in “Google Settings” app by going to ‘More Settings’ > Backup & Reset> Factory Data Reset/Erase All Data. This will take a little while and once finished the other linked devices will do a manual backup. Once synced disconnect all the Android devices from WiFi and sync them again one by one. All your duplicate contacts will now be deleted!
Personally I have 6 android devices linked together with Google account – As soon as I do a factory-reset on any of my android devices, as soon as it connects back up to wifi & google account, all my remaining android devices automatically backup (and delete!) each other using this method in seconds. No need for me to manually restore anything – just reboot when prompted so there is no chance of having duplicate contacts showing up at any point because they are deleted simultaneously via incremental manual backups. Great for privacy & keeping things clean. I don’t need to sync or backup all my devices via iTunes as it’s not necessary for me to keep a sync’d and backed up copy of my contacts on iTunes. I also don’t think “factory-reset” makes your phone any faster. It’s just like doing a ‘hard-reset’ after a big update but with all your data etc kept in tact – it basically just wipes out the junk & settings that are causing performance issues (and usually hardware problems too). This will NOT delete any media, music, pictures or files you may have stored on your device. You can choose what gets erased from factory reset option (unlike hard reset)!
1. Go to the iCloud website.
2. Sign in using your Apple ID.
3. From the main menu.
4. Go to “Contacts.”
5. Hold down the “Ctrl” or “Command” button on your keyboard as you select each contact you want to delete.
In this app, you will need to tap the tab labeled Find Duplicates. After selecting this tab, the program will scan your contacts and show a list of any duplications it found while scanning. If there are duplicates in your list that are not contact sharing customers with other people on your team or group, simply click Delete Duplicates and all those redundancies will be removed from your contact list.
1. Select your ‘iCloud Drive’ folder.
2. Click ‘Start Duplicate Search‘.
3. Select which duplicates to remove by checking the file’s relative box.
4. Click ‘Recycle Selected Duplicates‘ and then confirm that you want to remove the selected duplicates.
One of the ways your contacts list that’s shown when you tap on the app in iOS could feature duplicates because of other apps, for example iCloud or Google.