How to Delete Multiple Contacts on iPhone (iOS 17 updated)

Learn how to Delete Multiple Contacts on any iPhone, iPad to reduce duplicate contacts clutter from the contact list using iCloud.com.

Many of us have demanded to Delete Multiple Contacts on iPhone or iPad. But there are lots of iOS users who want to remove multiple contacts at once on the iPhone. So defiantly, you might have a question, can I delete multiple contacts on my iPhone? The answer is Yes. For that, you need to download an App from the Apple App store cause Apple doesn’t offer trash mass contacts at once in its native iOS.

So guys, here I’ll share with you the best App to delete multiple contacts at a time. So get all about downloading- install an app and how it works to eliminate your phone book contacts with your permission.

Tip to Delete Multiple Contacts on iPhone or iPad

Note: Before you take action, please make sure you can recover it because this app also updates your iPhone’s Phone or contacts app. The guide is useful for all iOS supported devices.

Step #1. Head to the App Store.
Step #2. Navigate Groups App using the App Store search bar.
Step #3. Tap Get to download and install.

Launch the app store search group app tap get on iPhone

Step #4. Next up, open the Groups App and follow onscreen instructions.

Tap install enter apple id click sign in tap on group app open on iPhone

Step #5:  Permit Groups app to access your phone contact. Then, Tap all Contacts to view all saved contacts in this app.

Click let's get started tap allow select contacts number on iPhone

Step #6: Now, You can select multiple contacts from the left Radio button selection in a row or Select all.
Step#7: Then you can take action for selected all contacts such as Copy, Move, Delete Contacts, etc.

Select delete contacts choose remove from my iPhone

Note: from there, you can also send an email, Message, and SMS.

Using this app, you can create a group in iCloud without iCloud web login from your iPhone. That’s what you can’t do with the official Phone/contacts app.

Now go to the Phone app, and See all deleted contacts have been updated.

Excellent, you can remove duplicate contacts, unused contacts, and a Contact name that does not number only an email address.

Can I Delete Multiple Contacts on my iPhone?

Yes, it is possible to delete multiple contacts on iPhone at once. If you’re sure to remove the contacts from iPhone, then no need to individually follow the tedious process to delete the contacts one by one; just follow the process to delete the bulk contacts on iOS.

How to Delete Multiple Contacts on iPhone?

Unlike Android phones, deleting multiple contacts on iPhone has never been easier. Of course, you’ll have to use a third-party app or iCloud to achieve this. But yes, these two options are enough for any iPhone and iPad user to delete contacts in bulk at once. Here’s how to do it.

Using iCloud:

1. Visit the iCloud website on any desktop.

Open the iCloud in sign in on windows

2. Enter the Apple ID and Password on which the contacts are stored.

Enter email or phone number ,password click send on windows

3. Choose Contacts option from the main page once you login to iCloud.

Select contact app iCloud on windows

4. Press the Command key + start selecting the contacts, OR Command + A to Select all the contacts you wish to delete immediately.

Select all contact control A on windows

5. Once you’re done choosing the contacts, click on the More (..) [Three dots] button on the Top corner.

Click three dots select delete contacts on iPhone

6. Select Delete Contacts.

Choose delete option on windows

The group of contacts will be removed from all the devices that are using the same iCloud account.

If you have a desktop and remember the iCloud ID, Passwords, this is recommended, rather than downloading the third-party applications.

Delete Multiple Contacts on iPhone Using Groups App:

Alternate to iCloud, you can download the Groups app to delete multiple contacts on your iPhone. It is a premium app; some in-app purchases are available, but deleting multiple contacts is free.

  1. Download and install the Groups App on your iPhone.
  2. Open the Groups app.
  3. Allow access to Group app to access the Contacts on your iPhone.
  4. Choose All Contacts from the list.
  5. Select the contacts that you want to delete.
  6. Then, tap on Choose Action option on the top.
  7. Select Delete Contacts and confirm by selecting Remove from my iPhone.
Select delete contacts choose remove from my iPhone

How to Delete Multiple Contacts on iPhone using iTunes

I prefer iCloud instead of iTunes. Then, within few minutes, you can delete contacts on your iPhone. Plus, there is no need to connect the Lightning cable; log in to the iCloud account and start removing contacts from it. I’ve mentioned a detailed procedure in the above section; kindly refer to it.

How do I Manage iPhone Contacts in iTunes?

To manage iPhone contacts, you don’t need iTunes; recently, Apple probably eliminated iTunes for macOS users, as everything is made available in the Mac, MacBook. Again, though, if you’ve Windows and macOS Mojave or earlier, iTunes could be useful for you.

Here’s how to Manage iPhone Contacts,

How to Set up Contacts Account

By adding the email account to iPhone, you can easily add and import the contacts to the iPhone.

1. Open the Settings app. Scroll down and select Contacts.

Open settings app tap contacts on iPhone

2. Tap on Accounts > Tap Add Account.

Click accounts tap add account on iPhone

3. Choose the Email Account provider like Gmail, iCloud, Microsoft, Outlook, etc. from the list.
4. Enter the required information and add the email account to your iPhone.

Select google enter email or phone tap next enter your password tap on next on iPhone

Enable Contacts for an Account

Once you add the mail account to your iPhone, turning on contacts for an account is required. Let’s see how to enable contacts for an account.

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone. Select Contacts.

Open settings app tap contacts on iPhone

2. Choose the account on which you want to enable contacts.

Click accounts select gmail on iPhone

3. Next to Contacts option, toggle the switch on.
4. To turn off contacts, toggle off Contacts and choose Delete from My iPhone.

Turn on contacts select delete from my iPhone turn off contacts on iPhone

Select Default Account to add New Contacts

If you have multiple accounts, it’s necessary to set a default account to store all the Newly Added Contacts.

1. Open the Settings app on iPhone. Scroll down and tap Contacts app.

Open settings app tap contacts on iPhone

2. Choose Default Account option and set one from the list.

Click on default account select iCloud, gmail option on iPhone

Change Sort and Display Contacts

iPhone allows you to sort the contacts in the Contacts app in the way you want. Here’s how to do it,

Open the Settings app on your iPhone. Tap on Contacts app.

Open settings app tap contacts on iPhone

There you should see three different options,

Sort Order: by this you can sort the list of contacts by First or Last name.

Click sort order select first, last or last, first options on iPhone

Display Order: by this you can choose to show First or Last name before or after.

Click on display order select first, last or last, first options on iPhone

Short Name: set how do you want to see the contacts in rest of the applications like Mail, Phone, Messages, etc.

Click short name select all options on iPhone

Delete Contact on iPhone

Before deleting a contact, you should be aware of two things, when you locally delete any contact from iPhone, it will only be removed from your iPhone. In contrast, when you delete contacts from an Email account like iCloud, Gmail, etc., the contact will get deleted from the rest of the devices using the same email account.

1. Launch the Contacts app on iPhone. Select the contact that you wish to delete. Tap Edit.

Open contacts tap select contact number click edit option on iPhone

2. Swipe down the screen and select Delete Contact. Confirm Delete Contact.

Scroll the screen tap delete contact choose delete contact on iPhone

What is the Fastest Way to Clean Up Contacts on iPhone?

When it comes to default options, there is no fastest way to clean up contacts on iPhone. iOS doesn’t allow deleting multiple contacts from iPhone unless you’re using an iCloud or third-party app called Groups. With the default Contacts app on iPhone, you can only delete single contact at a time.

I’ve already mentioned all three ways to delete the contacts on iPhone: using the default Contacts app, using iCloud on the web browser, and using a third-party app called Groups.

Furthermore, when you disable the contacts from the account on iPhone, iPhone won’t store contacts from that particular account, which is also mentioned in the above section.

How do you delete Blocked Contacts on iPhone?

Open the default Contacts app on your iPhone and locate the contact that you want to delete from your iPhone and remove it.

How can I edit my iPhone contacts from computer?

No, you cannot. Editing iPhone contacts using a computer is not possible. The only way to edit the contact is to navigate to the Contacts app on iPhone and tap on it; you’ll see different editing options, make changes and once it is done, Save it.

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