How to Merge Duplicate Contacts on Your iPhone

Learn how to delete duplicate contacts on your iPhone and keep all your saved information on a unified card.

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Want to know how to remove duplicate contacts in your iPhone? When you have multiple entries in Contacts for a single person, you can link the contacts together into a unified contact card. However, if you link two contacts with different first or last names, only one name appears on the unified card, so you'll need to decide which name to use.

In this article, we'll cover how to remove duplicate contacts and rename the unified contact card appropriately. In our example, a single contact has information saved under two last names: Smith and Staley. I want Smith to be the name that appears in Contacts. Here's how to merge contacts:

  1. Open the Contacts app.

    Open the Contacts app to merge duplicate contacts
  2. Select the contact you want to use as the primary contact on the merged contact card.

    tap the contact you with to merge with duplicate contacts
  3. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.

    tap edit
  4. Scroll down and tap on link contacts.

  5. Scroll through your contacts list and tap the duplicate contact you wish to merge with this contact. Don't worry about accidentally selecting the same contact—the contact card you're currently in will be gray.

  6. Tap Link in the upper-right corner.

  7. The information from the contact you just selected will be added to the contact card you started with.
  8. The name from the first card will be the name listed on the newly unified card.
  9. If you'd like to change this, simply tap on the name sections and type the name you'd prefer.

  10. Tap Done to save changes.

You'll now have one contact card showing the merged information from the duplicate contacts on your iPhone! You can also repeat this process if you have more than one duplicate card for a contact.

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