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How to merge duplicate contacts on Android

The “Contacts” app is probably one of the most overlooked apps on your Android phone. Messaging, texting, and phone apps use your contacts, so it’s important to clean them up regularly. We’ll show you how to combine duplicates.

What is a “duplicate contact?” You can easily end up with two instances of the same person, one with a phone number and one with an email address. The good news is that you don’t have to find these duplicates yourself.

Merge Duplicate Contacts with Google Contacts

Google offers its own simply named “contacts” app for all android devices. If it’s not already on yours, you can download it from the Play Store.

First, open the app and make sure you’re on the correct Google account, if you have more than one, by tapping the profile icon in the search bar. You can switch here if you need.

Use the correct Google account.

You can now switch to the “Repair and Manage” tab at the bottom of the screen.

Switch to "Repair and manage."

Select the “Merge and Fix” tool.

To select "Merge and Repair."

Google will find all the contacts that it thinks could be merged. Tap “Merge Duplicates” to review the suggestions.

Faucet "Merge duplicates."

Review the suggestions and tap “Merge” or “Ignore” on any of them. If they all look good, you can merge them all at once with the “Merge All” button.

Merge contacts.

You are ready ! Contacts will now appear as one, with no more duplicates.

Merge Duplicate Contacts with Samsung Contacts

The default “Contacts” app on Samsung Galaxy devices has a tool to merge duplicate contacts. Let’s open the app to get started.

To open "contacts."

Press the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) on the left side of the screen and select “Manage contacts”.

Press the menu and "Manage contacts."

Select “Merge Contacts”.

Faucet "Merge contacts."

There are three sections on this screen. Duplicate contacts are organized according to the duplicated part: “Number”, “Email” or “Name”. Select one of the contacts you want to combine or tap “Select All”.

Select Contacts.

Tap “Merge” at the bottom of the screen.

Faucet "Merge."

That’s it! The contacts will now appear as one. It is very easy for contacts to get out of control. Luckily, Google and Samsung have some easy ways to help you keep things organized.

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