Your iPhone’s address book does not need to be managed manually. Here’s how to get rid of those pesky iCloud duplicate contacts using an automatic Mac technique.
When it comes to syncing information across your Apple devices, iCloud may be useful, but it can also make your virtual spaces, particularly your contacts, a little crowded. There’s a chance you’ll end up with a collection of doubles in your address book due to a bothersome glitch among the moving¬†cloud¬†backup¬†-parts.¬†
Even while these duplicate contacts don’t use as much store space, having to navigate through multiples might be inconvenient. But don’t worry, we’ve got a helpful hack to help you simplify your contacts once and for all, so you can locate the information you need without having to trawl through duplicates, triples, or multiple copies of the same contact.
This, however, might be a bit of a difficulty for iPhone owners. You can’t manually swipe to remove a contact on iOS as you can with an email. Instead, you must first open the contact, then touch Edit, then scrolling to the bottom and selecting Delete Contact.
You must next confirm the deletion, which adds to the length of the procedure. This is on top of the fact that you’ll have to manually browse through your contact list, which might already be thousands of rows long. Talk about a long and winding road.
However, if you have a Mac, you can speed things up. We discovered a function in Contacts that locates and combines duplicate contacts and cards automatically, so you don’t have to. We’ll show you how to do it. (We also have instructions on how to delete numerous contacts in iCloud.)
On your Mac, how can you get rid of duplicate iPhone contacts?
- Check to see if your iCloud contacts are synced with your Mac. Make sure Contacts is checked under Apps on this Mac using iCloud by clicking the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen, then clicking System Preferences. After that, you can quit the settings.
- On your Mac, open the Contacts programme. (If you can’t locate it, use the Command + Space bar to search for it in the spotlight, or go to the top-right corner and toggle the magnifying glass icon to look for it.)
- You’ll find all of the names, numbers, and addresses you’ve gathered and synchronized between devices in the Contacts app. Go to the top of the screen, click Card, and then Look for Duplicates to collect all of your duplicated contacts at once.
- Apple will inform you how many copies you have after a few moments and give you the option to combine them. This pop-up also has a checkbox asking if you want to combine contacts with the same name but different information displayed under them, such as one with an email address and the other with a phone number. If you wish to accomplish this as well, tick the box before pressing the right-hand blue Merge button. The software will do the rest.
It’s essential to note that if you follow these instructions and have two contacts with the same name, both numbers will be added to the remaining contact. To prevent individuals from being mixed up, go into each person’s card and utilize anything in their names to differentiate them.
When everything is said and done, you should have a dozen contacts removed from your phone. Instead of requiring hours, it just takes a few keystrokes.¬†