I love my iPhone and I also love iCloud, but the one I hate that I have a lot of duplicate contacts! Why? Well, because I use the same iCloud account on multiple iPhones and iPads. All the contacts from my wife and sister's iPhone have been placed on a giant list and there have been a lot of duplicates.
The other annoying thing was that the duplicates were slightly different. For example, I had one Vineet contact and then another called Vineet R and another called Vineet Rohatgi! One had a number, one had an e-mail and the last one had an address. So not exact duplicates, but still all the same contact information.
In this article, I will look at a couple of ways you can solve the problem of duplicate contacts and how to join them together. In terms of solutions, I have found a lot where you can get rid of exact duplicates, but it took a little longer to find a way to merge contacts that might have different names, but with identical phone numbers or email addresses.
Method 1 – Mac Address Book
If you have a Mac and you have your address book configuration to sync with iCloud, you can use it to remove exact duplicates. The Address Book app on Mac will not merge by itself, it will only find contacts with the same name and merge them.
Open your address book and click All contacts in iCloud . You should see all your iCloud contacts on the right side.
Then click sheet and therefore Search for duplicates .
If the Address Book finds duplicates, it will ask you if you want to merge them together. If it does not find duplicates because there were no contacts with the exact same name. Remember, I won't look at any other fields like the phone number or email address. a simple duplicate and useful finder if you have many contacts that are identical copies.
Method 2 – Smart Merge App
The second method and by far the most useful way to remove duplicate contacts is to use an app that you can download to your iPhone called Smart Merge Duplicate Contacts. 99 cents, but it is absolutely worth it. It saved me a lot of time finding all the possible contacts that could be merged and thus allowing me to edit any specific details for the new merged contact.
The app can basically show duplicate contacts (same name), duplicate phone numbers, duplicate email addresses, unnamed contacts, contacts without a phone number and contacts without an email. Here's what it looks like when you run it for the first time:
For example, if you touch Duplicate Phones, a list of contacts grouped by the same phone number will be displayed.
Then tap on any set of duplicates. Do not touch "All duplicate phones" because this will merge all duplicates into one contact, which you don't want to perform. You want to work with only the couples that have been duplicated. For example, I clicked on the first one above, starting with 469 as the number.
Now you have to tap the Merge button, which the arrow pointing down at the bottom center of the screen. You will get a popup screen asking you how you want to merge:
You can edit them simultaneously or Come on join the contacts. Personally I have found that the best fusion of forces. Go ahead and tap that button. You will then have another warning that in doing so you will convert 2 contacts into one.
Go ahead and tap the Contact Force Union 2 button.
Now you will see another screen with a large empty circle on the far left and a blue arrow on the far right. Before joining, we will check the final contact to make sure it is correct. Go ahead and tap the blue arrow.
Now you can see what information is within the two separate contacts and how the new merged contact will appear. The only problem I have encountered so far with the app that he likes to automatically choose the contact with the shortest name. So, as you can see above, instead of choosing Anurag Bhushan as the new contact, he chose Anurag. Everything is melted well. To fix this, you have to tap on the new contact and then you will see a button Edit top right.
Go ahead and set the name or whatever you want and then go back. Go back to the Merge screen, then tap the empty circle to turn it into a red check mark.
Finally, click the Merge button to create the new contact and delete the older ones! quite a few steps, but much easier than manually trying to do it yourself. Also, once you do it once or twice, very fast afterwards. I have been able to remove over 60 duplicate contacts using this cute little app. What method did you use to remove duplicates or merge contacts on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments. To enjoy!