How to Get Rid of Duplicate Contacts on the iPhone

After setting up the iPhone for the first time or adding a new account, you may find duplicate contacts in the iPhone contacts app.

This happens a lot of the time when users add a personal account and an work account and add choose to sync contacts from both accounts. It is also common to see duplicates if when using iCloud contacts and Gmail contacts.

Apple makes it easy to fix duplicate contacts on the iPhone without the need to delete a contact from one of your accounts.

With a few easy steps you can merge or link multiple contacts into a single contact, cleaning up your address book.

You don’t need to change the contact names to be exactly the same, but the contact you start with will be the name you see in your address book. In this example, I open Joshua Smith first, so I won’t see Josh Smith after the merge.


How to Rid of Duplicate Contacts on the iPhone

Open up the Contacts

Find the duplicate contact you would like to remove and select it by tapping on the name.

How to get rid of duplicate contacts on the iPhone

Open the first contact.

Once you have selected the contact tap Edit in the top right and scroll to the bottom of the screen to the Linked Cards screen.

Linked Cards

Tap on Link Contact to merge iPhone contacts.


Tap Link Contact

Linked Contact

Tap on the contact you want to link.

Select the contact that you would like to merge information with, and on the next screen press Link

If you have a lot of duplicate contacts, or only have one account linked to your iPhone, it may be faster to log in to your email account on a computer and clean up your contacts. The changes you make will sync over to your iPhone. This can take some time, but it is worth it in the long run.


Each contact on the iPhone can store multiple email addresses and phone numbers, so there is no need to create separate contacts for a cell phone, a home phone and a work phone.

How do you manage your contacts? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below.