It is increasingly difficult to keep in order all the contacts of friends and family present in the address book of our iPhone. You can have a friend with whom you also communicate via Facebook and your phone number is also stored in the phone book. Perhaps the mother recently added a new phone number and by storing it on our phonebook, she was given a new card. In these cases the risk of having many duplicate contacts. This will create confusion in the address book when you go looking for a contact and two or more will appear. So, how to put order in our column? Only by eliminating duplicate contacts on iPhone.
If you find yourself having too many duplicate contacts in the phonebook of the smartphone, in this post I will show how to find duplicate contacts and how to merge them or delete them directly from the iPhone.
If you want to avoid doing work manually, the best and most effective way to reorganize your contacts is to use a third-party app that does all the work for you. Cleaner an excellent application that allows you to merge all the duplicate folders. Cleanernot the only app that performs this function, there are many others looking for and combining contacts on the iPhone, but this, in my opinion the one that works best.
How to find duplicate contacts
The first thing you need to do to understand which names, phone numbers and addresses are duplicates. With Cleaner, just a few simple steps. This application will know how to find duplicate contacts, numbers without names, e-mails without names and names with no phone number or email address. It can also track contacts with similar names, so if you added Mario Rossi in one place and M Rossi in another, the application will mark them as duplicates so you can merge them.
All you need to do to find duplicate data is to launch the application and authorize it to access your contacts. All duplicate data will be sorted by category (ie for telephones, emails, etc.). Cleaner available for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad with in-app purchases.
How to merge duplicate contacts on iPhone
Step 1: Back up your contacts. Before starting, click on the "Backup”To save the contact file. If something happens, you will have a copy that you can import back into your device. The application will save three files, one for iCloud, one for your device and one for Facebook contacts. You can send the files to yourself or save them in a compatible application, like Evernote or Dropbox.
Step 2: Touch the icon "Contacts”At the bottom of the screen. This will take you to the section that summarizes the list of accounts you are joining, the duplicates that you have inside these contacts, the filters to use to find similar contacts (such as the same date of birth or the same day added) , and the contacts missing a field (like no name or phone number).
Step 3: Check the contacts in question to see if they are actually duplicates before merging them.
Step 4: Click on "Duplicate contacts"To see the list of contacts that are supposedly duplicates.
Step 5: Click on the name to see what other contacts the application considers a duplicate.
Step 6: Click on "New contact"To ensure that all information is correct.
Step 7: Merge contacts. You can manually merge duplicate contacts under their name by clicking on "Join manual", Or touch the button"Merge"At the top of the screen to do it automatically. In addition, you can also reorder the priority of the contacts.
How to delete duplicate contacts
Step 1: In "Contacts", Select duplicate phone numbers, duplicate emails, or similar names to find additional contacts that could be duplicated. You may have added your friend's email address in separate places.
Step 2: In order to delete duplicate contacts, select a contact you want to delete, then tap on the trash can icon on the bottom right of the screen.
Not only can you delete duplicate contacts, but you can also combine multiple contacts under one group name. For example, all my family contacts can be combined into one group under Family. Select the contacts you want to merge into a group and select the triangle icon at the bottom left of the screen.
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