How To Delete or Merge Duplicate Contacts In iOS 16

It is almost inevitable to have duplicate contacts especially if you have a new iPhone and you restored your data from your other device. But in iOS 16, it is easier to delete or get rid of those duplicate contacts without going through them one by one. 

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There is a feature in iOS 16 that allows you to merge the duplicates with the original. The process is pretty easy and straightforward. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Tap the Phone icon on the dock.

    It’s the one you use in making outgoing phone calls. 

  2. Make sure that the Contacts tab at the bottom of the screen is selected.

    In most cases, you will be brought to the Keypad when you open the app so just tap Contacts. 

  3. Tap Lists at the top-left corner of the screen.

    This will show you the list of your contacts and it depends how many lists you have and where the duplicates are. 

  4. Now tap the list with duplicate contacts.

    In this tutorial, let’s use All iCloud. 

  5. On the next screen, you will see how many contacts have duplicates and to view them, tap View Duplicates.

    This little information window will only appear if your device determines that you have duplicate contacts. 

  6. If you want to learn more about the duplicates, tap the contact that has issues.

    You can then review the information for that contact to see if they’re correct or up-to-date. 

  7. You can merge individual contacts with their duplicates one by one by tapping Merge.

    This will only make changes to the contact you’re currently viewing. 

  8. However, if you want to merge all contacts at the same time, then go back to the previous screen and tap Merge All. 

    Remember that it will affect all contacts that have duplicates.

  9. Tap Merge Duplicates to confirm.

    You may read the information on the screen if you want to learn more about the process. 

  • iOS 16
  • Apple iPhone SE 3

Once you’ve done that, the duplicates will be merged with the original contacts. 

We hope that this guide can help you.