How to Bulk Delete Contacts on iOS and Android

How to Bulk Delete Contacts on iOS and Android

Over the years, the contacts in your phone have accumulated slowly but steadily. Now, you have hundreds of contacts that you don’t need or want. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to quickly delete multiple contacts on Android or iOS.

How to Bulk Delete Contacts on iOS and Android

While a native solution has yet to arrive, there are third-party solutions and workarounds that can quickly get rid of old contacts. For Android, we’ll explore a couple of quick solutions, and for iOS, a clever method using iCloud.

Bulk Delete iPhone Contacts

Deleting a contact on the iPhone is tedious. You have to go into Contacts, tap one contact, tap Edit, scroll down, tap Delete Contact, and verify your decision. This makes bulk deleting impossible.

To avoid this hassle, you can use iCloud instead of the iPhone or iPad.

How to Bulk Delete Contacts on iOS and Android

To delete contacts in bulk using this method, you’ll need to have all of your contacts stored in iCloud. Check your iCloud settings on your iPhone to see if contact sync is turned on.

Here are the steps:

1. Go to iCloud’s web interface at icloud.com and log in with your Apple ID.

2. Click “Contacts”.

3. Hold down your “Shift” key and select the group of contacts you want to delete.

4. Alternatively, you can hold down the “Control” key on Windows or “Command” key on a Mac to manually select contacts if they aren’t organized together.

5. Click the “Settings” icon at the bottom left of the page and choose “Delete”.

6. iCloud will ask you to confirm the deletion of these contacts.

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7. Verify and you’re done.

Tip: See our guide for restoring iCloud contacts.

Bulk Delete Android Contacts

Props to Android for simplifying bulk contact deletion compared to iOS, but it could be even easier. If you’re okay with manually selecting contacts from a long list, Android offers a built-in solution. Simply open the Contacts app, tap the Options menu in the top right, select Delete Contact, and choose the contacts you want to remove. Press OK to finish the process.

How to Bulk Delete Contacts on iOS and AndroidHow to Bulk Delete Contacts on iOS and Android

If you have thousands of contacts that have built up over time and you’re serious about spring cleaning, even deleting them one by one might not be fast enough. Instead, try the Delete Contacts app in Google Play. This free Android app will tell you how many contacts and groups you have, and then allow you to delete all of them, whether it’s your contacts, your groups, or both. This is especially useful if you’ve already organized your contacts into groups and don’t want to delete them one by one in alphabetical order.

How to Bulk Delete Contacts on iOS and AndroidHow to Bulk Delete Contacts on iOS and Android

Now you have several routes to take for bulk deleting contacts. Say goodbye at last!

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