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How to Merge Contacts on iPhone

Is your iPhone contact list full of duplicate contacts? You can solve the problem by merging contacts. Here’s how.

Modern smartphones allow us to easily import contacts from all sorts of sources, from your SIM card to your email account. This convenience comes at a cost, however. With contacts pulled from so many different sources, you’ll end up with duplicate contacts for the same person.

What is more frustrating is that each of these contacts may contain different information, so we cannot just delete one of them, because we will lose some of the contact information. The good news is that it is simple to merge iPhone contacts so that all contact information is combined into one contact.

If you want to know how to merge contacts on iPhone, follow this guide.

How to Merge Contacts on iPhone Using Contacts Links

If you have two contacts for the same person, each may contain different information. One contact may contain their work number and another may contain their personal number, for example.

If so, you don’t want to lose any of this information by deleting any of the contacts. Instead, you can combine the two contacts into one.

Here is how to merge contacts on iPhone:

  1. Open the contacts application.
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  2. Find one of the duplicate contacts and tap on it.
  3. Press on To modify.
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  4. Scroll down the page and tap Link contacts.
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  5. Tap the other duplicate contact in your contact list.
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  6. Press on Link in the upper right corner.
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  7. You should now see both contacts listed under Related Contacts.
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  8. Press on Fact.
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  9. The contact should now display the information of both linked contacts.
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  10. Your contact list will now only show one contact for this person, not two.
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How to Unlink Merged Contacts on iPhone

You can decide to unlink the merged contacts later. You might want to set up different contacts for work and home, for example.

To unlink merged contacts on iPhone:

  1. Open the contacts application.
    iphone contact app
  2. Find the merged contact and tap on it.
  3. Press on To modify.
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  4. Scroll down the page and tap the red button next to one of the linked contacts.
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  5. Press on Ungroup.
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  6. Press on Fact at the top of the screen.
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  7. Your contacts are now unlinked. You can modify them as you wish.

How to Delete Duplicate Contacts on iPhone

If you have two contacts that contain exactly the same information, there is nothing to be gained by merging them. The easiest course of action is to delete one of the contacts to keep your contact list as clean as possible.

To delete duplicate contacts on iPhone:

  1. Open the contacts application.
    iphone contact app
  2. Find the contact you want to delete and tap it.
  3. Press on To modify.
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  4. Scroll down the screen and tap delete contact.
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  5. Faucet delete contact confirm.
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  6. Your duplicate contact is now deleted.

Repair Your iPhone Contacts

When you switch phones over the years, it’s all too easy to end up with a messy contact list.

You can, however, regain control. Adding contacts to your favorites on iPhone makes it quick and easy to find your most important contacts. If you recently migrated to iPhone, you must know how to migrate contacts from Android to iOS. You can even share contacts via iMessage and WhatsApp.

If you want to become a contacts master, check out our ultimate guide to managing contacts on your iPhone.