How to Easily Delete All Contacts on iPhone

If you’re trying to delete all contacts on your iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably figured out that Apple does not make clearing contacts a simple, straightforward process. Instead, we’ll use a work-around involving iCloud to erase all those contacts. If you’re simply trying to reset your iPhone, there’s an easier way. But if you’re trying to delete all of your contacts, this tip will do the trick. Here’s how to delete all contacts on iPhone—the easy way.

Related: How to Merge Duplicate Contacts

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How to Delete All Contacts on iPhone

In order to easily erase all of the contacts on your iPhone or iPad, we need to first move all of those contacts to iCloud. To do this:

  • Open the Settings app on iPhone.

  • Tap Mail.

  • Select Accounts.

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  • Tap iCloud.

  • Toggle off Contacts.

  • Don’t select Delete yet; choose Keep on My iPhone.

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  • Toggle Contacts back on. Tap Merge.

  • Now, all of your contacts are stored in iCloud. Once more, toggle Contacts off.

  • Tap Delete from My iPhone.

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  • Now go back to your Accounts. You can select Gmail, Yahoo, or whatever other mail provider you have an account for.

  • Toggle off Contacts within each account and select Delete from My iPhone.

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  • Now the only contacts left should be those from Facebook. To erase all of those contacts, open the Settings app and select Facebook.

  • Toggle Contacts off and they will be removed from Contacts.

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This is by far the easiest way that I’ve found to delete all contacts from your iPhone. Remember, however, if your true goal is to erase everything from your iPhone to get ready to sell or give it away, simply resetting your iPhone is even easier.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.