By Demi twitter / Last update April 18, 2023

After using mobile phone for a long time, your iPhone Contacts app must be lying a large number of contacts that may never to be in touch again. They may belong to your former colleagues, friends who will never contact, etc. What is the point of keeping these contacts if you don't delete them?

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Here in this guide, we will show you the simple steps to erase contacts on iPhone using different workable methods in every detail. Feel free to look through them one after another, and choose one that meet your demands.

✍ Warm tip: Before using any of the following methods to delete your iPhone contacts, you can backup iPhone contacts that are matter so that you won’t lose anything important after deletion process.

Way 1. How to delete contacts on iPhone individually

The most common method you may think about is to delete contacts from your iPhone Contacts app one by one. If you don’t have a large number of contacts to delete, it will be a wise choice to delete contacts from iPhone Contacts app. Follow steps below to know how to erase iPhone contacts from the Contacts app.

Step 1. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone > Tap the contacts you’d like to delete.

Step 2. Click Edit icon in the upper-right corner > Scroll down to the bottom and tap the Delete Contact button.

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Way 2. How to erase all contacts on iPhone via Gmail/Outlook/Yahoo

If your iPhone contacts were imported from your email account, like Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo, you can make use of your email accounts to erase iPhone contacts. Here are steps of how to delete multiple contacts on iPhone via Gmail or other accounts.

Step 1. Go to your iPhone Settings app > Scroll down to locate and choose Password & Accounts, where you can see all your accounts that apply to this iPhone.

Step 2. Select the account you want to delete contacts from > Toggle off the Contacts option.

Step 3. When a window prompts, tap Delete from My iPhone to confirm.

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Way 3. How to erase contacts on iPhone with iCloud

It can be kind of time-consuming to only delete contacts one-by-one on iPhone or delete contacts from your certain email accounts. To get the job done fast or erase all contacts on iPhone at once, iCloud can do you a favor.

Before we go over how to erase all contacts on iPhone using iCloud, make sure you have synced iPhone contacts to iCloud. You can now delete all previously synced iCloud contacts from your iPhone with the steps below.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap [your name] > Tap iCloud > Scroll down to locate and toggle off the switch next to Contacts.

Step 2. When a window prompts, tap on Delete from My iPhone.

delete contacts from iCloud

Bonus tip: Backup iPhone contacts without data loss

As mentioned from the very beginning, there is always a possibility of accidentally deleting important contacts while trying to delete the unwanted ones. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a backup of your contacts so that you can restore them if a situation occurs.

What’s more, if you choose to erase contacts from your email accounts or iCloud, there may be chances of contact merge issues when you delete contacts from one of their sources. A backup helps you to avoid such issues.

Here in this guide, we highly recommend FoneTool, a free iPhone backup expert, which enables you to backup important iPhone contacts to PC. Besides, it also supports messages, photos, music, videos backup, and full iPhone backup.

Get the tool right now and follow the simple steps to backup iPhone contacts and other data using FoneTool.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via USB > You may need to tap Trust to let your computer access iPhone data.

Step 2. Launch FoneTool, and click Phone Backup > Mouse over to Selective Backup > Click Get Started.

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Step 3. Check the Contacts icon and uncheck the others > Preview and select the contacts you’d like to backup to computer > Click OK to confirm.

preview and select contacts

Step 4. Finally, you can customize the backup destination, and click Start Backup. That’s it.

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In conclusion, it is a quick and simple process to erase contacts on iPhone in just a few steps, which makes your iPhone Contacts app better-organized. Whether you choose to delete single contacts one by one or clear all of your contacts at once, it’s important to backup files before proceeding. Hope this guide can help you, and for more queries or feedback, please feel free to contact us.



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