Merge & Clear Duplicate Contacts from Address Book and iPhone
Duplicate contact entries occur with some regularity, whether it’s because a contact has changed an email address, phone number, name, or just because you accidentally entered someone twice into your iOS contacts list. If you have a Mac, the Address Book app makes it very easy to merge these duplicate contacts and then automatically remove the duplicate entries, clearing out a messy contacts list.
Before beginning, you’ll want to have the iPhone or iPad address book already synced with the Mac and backed up so that you are working with the more recent contacts list:
- Launch Address Book and pull down the “Card” menu
- Select “Look for Duplicates” to get a report back of the number of duplicates found, click “Merge” to combine those contacts
- Resync to have the changes take effect on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
If you keep a separate backup of contacts, you’ll probably want to manually back up the Address Book again with the updated version.