[2024 Updated] How to Mass Delete Contacts on iPhone

This guide will tell you how to mass delete contacts on iPhone. Whether you want to delete multiple or all contacts, you will find a way to do it here.

Lena by Lena Updated December 28, 2023
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Want to delete duplicate contacts on iPhone? Performing a seemingly straightforward task such as selecting multiple contacts and deleting them individually may seem intuitive, much like the way it's done in iOS Messages and iOS Mail. However, surprisingly, Apple has not included this functionality in iOS Contacts. It seems that you can only delete contacts one by one. Is there an easy way to mass delete contacts on iPhone?

Can you mass delete contacts on iPhone?

The answer is YES! Many iPhone users may not be aware of this, but there is actually a way to mass delete contacts on iPhone.

In the past, removing contacts from your iPhone was a fairly complicated process that required the use of iCloud. However, with the recent launch of iOS 16, a newly introduced feature now enables you to effortlessly swipe your finger quickly across multiple entries, making the deletion of contacts a much more streamlined experience on your iPhone. Just keep reading to see how to mass delete contacts on iPhone 15/14/13.

Mass delete contacts on iPhone

How to mass delete contacts on iPhone (iOS 16)

It is important to highlight that this particular feature is designed to delete groups of contacts that are consecutive in the list. It does not provide the capability to individually select multiple contacts in the same manner as selecting multiple individual messages in iOS Messages. If you want to preview and select the contacts you want to delete, you can refer to the next part.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to mass delete contacts on iPhone.

1. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone or access the Phone app and navigate to the Contacts collection.

2. Locate the group of contacts that you wish to remove.

3. Utilizing two fingers, press and hold on a contact within the list.

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4. Then proceed to slide your fingers upwards or downwards to highlight adjacent contacts as part of your selection. Release your fingers once you have finished selecting the contacts you want to delete.

Select the contacts

💡 If you wish to select other contacts, simply scroll through the contacts list and repeat the steps above.

5. To delete the selected contacts, press and hold with one finger on any of the highlighted contacts. From the dropdown menu that appears, tap  "Delete [X] Contacts" option.

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6. Confirm the deletion by tapping on "Delete Contacts" in the prompt that appears.

By following these steps, you can easily mass delete contacts on iPhone. However, this feature is only available for iOS 16 and later versions. If you do not want to update your iPhone, you can check the next part to get other solutions.

Other ways to mass delete contacts on iPhone

If you have not updated to iOS 16 or if you prefer more flexibility in deleting contacts on your iPhone, particularly when the contacts are not consecutive but you still want to remove them all, there are alternative methods available. These methods involve utilizing iCloud for managing your contacts.

In order to use iCloud to mass delete contacts on your iPhone, you should make sure that you have contacts sync turned on and that all contacts have been uploaded to iCloud. You can go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud to turn on Contacts sync.

How to mass delete contacts on iPhone via iCloud.com

Your contact information, when utilizing iCloud, is securely stored and backed up, allowing for seamless access across all your devices, including your computer. The integration with iCloud ensures that any modifications made to your contact details are automatically synchronized across all of your devices, eliminating the need for manual updates. 

When you delete contacts in iCloud, they will also be deleted from your iPhone. You can take advantage of this feature to mass delete contacts on iPhone.

Method 1: Mass delete contacts on your computer

  • Open a web browser on your computer and go to iCloud.com.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  • Click on the "Contacts" icon to access your contacts.

iCloud site

  • Hold down the "Ctrl" key (or "Command" key on a Mac) and click on each contact you want to delete.
  • Once you have selected all the desired contacts, press the "Delete" key on your keyboard or click on the settings icon (usually represented by a gear or three dots) and select "Delete".
  • Confirm the deletion when prompted.


Method 2: Using the iCloud website on iPhone

  • Open a web browser on your iPhone and go to iCloud.com.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  • Tap on the "Contacts" icon to view your contacts.
  • Tap on the first contact you want to delete, and without lifting your finger, slide it to the right.
  • While still holding the first contact, use another finger to tap on any additional contacts you wish to delete.
  • Once you have selected all the desired contacts, tap on the trash bin icon or the settings icon (usually represented by a gear or three dots) and choose "Delete".
  • Confirm the deletion if prompted.

How to mass delete contacts on iPhone via iCloud syncing

To delete all contacts on your iPhone using iCloud settings, you can follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap your name.
  • From the list of options, select 'iCloud' and find the 'Contacts' option.
  • Toggle off the switch next to Contacts. A prompt will appear asking if you want to delete contacts from your iPhone or keep them on your device. Tap on 'Delete from My iPhone' to proceed with the deletion process.

Delet from My iPhone

The contacts will be deleted on your iPhone but you can find them in iCloud.com

How to mass delete contacts on iPhone via FoneTool

If you want to efficiently remove all contacts in bulk using a computer, then you can rely on the powerful tool called FoneTool. While FoneTool is commonly known as a data-sharing tool used for transferring, backing up, and restoring data across different devices, it also offers advanced features to help you delete personal files safely.

With the Privacy Erasure feature, you can erase contacts on iPhone at once. It also allows you to deeply erase the contacts to ensure they are not recovered.
In case you will need the deleted contacts in the future, you can first backup the contacts. FoneTool lets you preview and select the contacts you want to backup.

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✔ To backup iPhone contacts, choose Phone Backup > go to Selective Backup > click Contacts to select the contacts to need > click Start Backup.

Backup iPhone contacts

✔ To delete iPhone contacts, choose Toolbox > choose Data Eraser > Erase private data > select Contacts > click Start Erase.

Erase contacts on iPhone

Final words

That’s all about how to mass delete contacts on iPhone. If you have updated to iOS 16, then you can swipe your finger to select the unwanted contacts. If you are using iCloud contacts, then you can delete contacts from iCloud.com to achieve the goal. Or you can use FoneTool to safely delete all your contacts. Nevertheless, feel free to explore any of the methods described in this post and choose the one that best suits your needs.

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