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How to Delete All Contacts on iPhone

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You can remove contacts on your iPhone if you no longer need them. If it’s only one or multiple, you can delete all contacts on iPhone.

You can delete contacts from your iPhone if you no longer need a contact due to an ended relationship, a service provider you no longer use, or other reasons. There is a couple of ways to do it. First, either delete several contacts simultaneously or delete all contacts on iPhone.

If you need to delete several or all contacts at once, doing so is straightforward using your phone or the iCloud website.

Let’s check out the process to delete all contacts on your iPhone the easy way. Here’s how.

How to Delete Contacts on iPhone

You can use a few methods to delete contacts from your iPhone. Each option is easy to do, provided you know where to look. So here’s a look at deleting a single contact from iPhone.

To delete a contact on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Contacts app from the iPhone’s home screen. Alternatively, you can open the Phone app and select the Contacts option.Delete All Contacts on iPhone
  2. Find the person you want to delete from your Contacts list and tap their name.Delete All Contacts on iPhone
  3. Tap the Edit button on the top right corner of the contact’s information screen.Delete All Contacts on iPhone
  4. Swipe down to the bottom of the screen and tap the red Delete Contact option.Delete All Contacts on iPhone
  5. Tap the Delete Contact button again to verify the deletion of the contact from your iPhone.Delete All Contacts on iPhone

How to Remove Multiple iPhone Contacts at Once

So, deleting a single contact from your iPhone is easy enough, but you might need to delete multiple contacts. And deleting them individually is tedious and time-consuming.

Luckily you can delete multiple contacts at once using iCloud. You can do this from your iPhone or from another device, such as your PC or Mac.

To delete multiple iPhone contacts at once using iCloud:

  1. Open the iCloud website and sign in if you aren’t already.
  2. Click the Contacts option from the home page.
  3. Select the contacts you want to delete. You can select multiple contacts by holding the Ctrl key and clicking contacts. On a Mac, hold the Command key and select the contacts you want to delete instead. Delete All Contacts on iPhone
  4. After selecting multiple contacts, click the gear icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and select the Delete option.
  5. When the verification message appears, click the Delete button to confirm the deletion.

Note: To delete all contacts from iCloud, use Ctrl + A to select them all. After that, you can use the steps as shown above – click Delete and verify the deletion of all contacts.

How to Delete All Contacts on an iPhone

You can disable contacts syncing if you want to delete all contacts from your iPhone at once.

To remove all contacts on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app from your iPhone’s home screen.View Saved Wi-Fi Network Passwords on iPhone
  2. When the Settings app opens, tap your name at the top to open the Apple ID menu.Delete All Contacts on iPhone
  3. Tap the Show All option from the Apps Using iCloud section.
  4. Toggle the Contacts switch to the Off position.
  5. When you get the message about what you want to do with previously synced contacts, select the Delete from My iPhone option and verify.

Using Third-Party Apps to Delete iPhone Contacts

If you would prefer to use a third-party app to delete all contacts on your iPhone, there are a few worth noting. Groups is a free app that includes in-app purchases for additional features. However, it allows you to delete all contacts on your iPhone quickly.

Another app you might want to use for deleting contacts and contact management, in general, is Delete Contacts+. Delete Contacts+ is also free, but with in-app purchases to unlock additional functionality, such as smart filters, backup options, and more.

Managing Contacts on Your iPhone

After following the steps above, it will delete all contacts on iPhone. Whether you want to delete a single contact or all of them, Apple makes the process straightforward via iCloud or directly from your iPhone. And while you can use a third-party app, you can save a few bucks using native iOS tools as you don’t need to spend on in-app purchases.

In addition to removing contacts from your iPhone, your phone offers other ways to manage them. For example, if you have pages of duplicate contacts, you’ll want to know how to delete duplicate contacts on your iPhone. Also, speaking of duplicates, you might need to merge contacts on your iPhone.

If you have a contact that you frequently call, learn about adding contacts to your iPhone’s Favorites list.

It’s also important to note that if you switch from Android to iPhone, you will want to bring your contacts. For more, check out how to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone. And for more about all things regarding contacts, read our guide to managing contacts on your iPhone.

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