How to delete multiple contacts on your iPhone at the same time

How to delete multiple contacts on your iPhone at the same time

  • You can delete individual contacts from your iPhone using the Contacts app.
  • You can delete multiple contacts or all of them at once using the iCloud website.
  • If you wish to end all ties with your iPhone contacts, you can block them before they are deleted.

It’s simple to remove contacts from your iPhone, no matter if you have left a job or if you are in a relationship.

After you have removed a contact, it is possible to block them from contacting you.

This is how to delete multiple contacts or individual contacts at once.

How to delete contacts from iPhone

There are three methods to delete contacts from your iPhone.

Individual contacts can be deleted

1. Open the Contacts app in your iPhone or the green Phone app. Tap the Contacts tab at bottom of screen.

2. Scroll down to the contact that you wish to delete, and tap on their name.

3. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner on the contact’s information pages.

This page also allows you to block contacts. Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on the red words Delete Contact.

You can edit the name of a person, add a number to your phone, and make notes. Abigail Abesamis Demarest

5. To confirm your decision, tap the red Delete Contact button.

Quick tip: Want to merge or delete duplicate contacts? Check out our step by step guide.

Multiple contacts can be deleted at once

To do this, you will need a computer and an iCloud account to save your contacts.

1. Sign in to your account by going to the iCloud website. A code may be sent to your iPhone to verify that you are logged in.

2. Click on Contacts.

You can also access your photos, notes, and other saved information on the iCloud website. Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider

3. Select all the contacts that you wish to delete at once. This will vary depending on whether you are using a Mac or a PC.

  • Hold Command on a Mac and click each contact that you wish to delete.
  • Hold Ctrl on a PC and click each contact that you wish to delete.

4. Once you’ve selected them all, click on the gear icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen and then click Delete.

Download a third-party application if you need to delete multiple contacts from your mobile device at once. Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider

5. Then, you will be asked to confirm that the contact deletion is desired. Click on Delete.

Quick tip: You can also delete multiple contacts simultaneously using third-party apps. These apps include Clean My Photos, Groups, and Delete Contacts+.

Methods to delete third-party contacts

A third-party free app can be downloaded to allow you to delete multiple contacts from your mobile device at once. These apps will need access to your contacts to function.

  • Groups: It can delete multiple contacts at once, group contacts together by category and sort contacts by date. You can also merge duplicate contacts.
  • Clean My Pictures: Clean My photos is designed to free up space on your iPhone. With just one click, it can delete duplicate contacts, photos, videos, and even video. It can remove duplicate contacts, photos, and videos that don’t contain a phone number, email address, or name. Additionally, it monitors the health of your iPhone’s battery.
  • Delete Contacts+: This application can delete multiple contacts at one time, back up and restore contacts, sort contacts by common fields (like email domain or company name). It can also merge contacts with the same name for an additional fee so that all their email addresses, phone numbers and addresses are in one location.

All contacts should be deleted

You will also need your iCloud account if you want to remove all contacts at once.

Quick tip: It is possible that your SIM card may have some contacts saved. Although this is uncommon, it can happen. These contacts should be deleted separately if this happens.

1. To open the Apple ID menu, open your iPhone’s Settings app.

2. Tap iCloud.

3. Check the page you are viewing to make sure the toggle switch next Contacts is turned on. To turn it off, tap the toggle switch next to Contacts.

This page shows how much iCloud storage you have used and which apps iCloud is backing-up. Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider

4. Then, you’ll be asked to tell us what you want to do about your contacts. Select Delete from my iPhone.

After this step is completed, all of your contacts will be deleted from your iPhone. Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider

Quick tip: If your iPhone is new and you want to transfer your contacts, you can check our help guide. We also have some troubleshooting tips for if your contacts aren’t showing up.

How to block a contact from calling you

You can delete any number from your contact list you don’t need or wish to hear from again.

If a contact still has your number, they can still call you or send text messages to you even after you delete it. Block them before you delete their contact list.

1. Open the Phone app or Contacts and tap on the contact you wish to block.

2. Scroll down to their information page, and click Block this Caller.

3. To confirm your selection, tap Block Contact

You can unblock someone you have blocked at any time. Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider

Quick tip: If you don’t want someone to contact you, blocking them is a smart move.

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Step-by-step instructions on how to delete multiple contacts from iPhone

It is very easy to delete a contact from an iPhone. Go to the phone app and select the contact you wish to delete. You can then edit its status by clicking delete. There is however no simpler way to delete multiple contacts at once. Not from the iPhone. There is an alternative method that allows you to delete multiple contacts at once. This trick involves using iCloud. Here’s a quick guide to help you delete multiple contacts from an iPhone. There is also an easy guide to delete one contact. Continue reading: You can also read – iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max emergency SOS via satellite this month: How it works

How to delete multiple contacts on your iPhone using iCloud

Step 1: Open on your web browser. Also read: Apple releases iOS 16.1.1 with bug fixes. How to get it on your iPhone

Step 2: Log into your iCloud Account. Also read – How to set up a text message in Google Messages. A step-by-step guide

Step 3: Next, enter the six-digit two factor authentication mode that is displayed on your iPhone.

Step 4: Once logged in, click the Contacts icon in the top row.

Step 5: You will now see a list with all contacts stored in your iCloud Account.

Step 6: Select all contacts you wish to delete.

You can click on the contacts you wish to delete if you’re using Windows PC. You can also hold the Command key, click and select all contacts you wish to delete. The right side of the window will show the selected contacts.

Step 7: Click the Settings icon in the lower left corner of your window, then click the Delete button. You can also press Del on your computer.

Step 8: Click the Delete button to confirm your selection.

Contacts that you have deleted on iCloud will be removed from your iPhone.

How to delete an iPhone contact

Step 1: Open Phone on your iPhone.

Step 2: Next, tap on the Contacts option.

Step 3: Tap the name of the contact you wish to delete in the search bar at the top.

Step 4: Tap the name of the contact to open it.

Step 5: Tap on the Edit icon in the upper left corner of your app.

Step 6: Scroll down and tap on the Delete Contact button.

Step 7: Click the Delete Contact button again to confirm your selection.


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