Effective Ways to Delete Multiple Contacts and Manage Groups on iPhone/iPad

Suppose, you own an iPhone or an iPad and you have a lot of contacts stored on your device. Now, you might want to delete a lot of the outdated or unnecessary contacts from your device memory or for that matter from your iCloud account, or you might simply want to create a group and manage it for a quick access to your contacts at all times.

But, the default setting on an iPhone or iPad only lets you delete the contacts one by one. You cannot delete multiple contacts at a time. It also does not offer a direct option to create and manage groups on the device.

So, you might be wondering about how to delete multiple contacts on iPhone or iPad and how to manage groups. Fret not though, as there is always a solution and in this case, there are in fact multiple solutions available. You just have to choose one and follow the very simple steps involved to get to the desired outcome. This post will discuss in detail how you can achieve that.

Part 1: Using Various Third-Party Apps

You can effectively make use of a third-party app in order to delete multiple contacts at a time. There are a number of apps that will let you do that. You just have to install and run the particular app you prefer, and follow the steps involved carefully.

Smart Merge, WeSync, Groups, Delete Contacts+ etc., are just some of the many such apps available for download on the various app stores. You can pick any one of these apps. In this section, we'll discuss the process of deleting all contacts using Smart Merge and for managing groups, we will be using the app called Groups.

Using the app 'Smart Merge'

Step 1 - Install the app on your iPhone or iPad, and launch it. Once you are done setting it up, you should see a screen like the one given below.

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Step 2 - Once the app is launched, go to the 'All Contacts' menu and then click on the 'Edit' option or icon given on the top right hand side.

Step 3 - Now, you can select the contacts that you would like to delete by simply tapping on them, you will see that the contacts you have selected will have a green circle on them.

Step 4 - To delete the multiple contacts you have selected, all that you have to do now is to tap on the 'Delete' icon or the 'Trash' button, given on the bottom right hand side of the screen. The app will ask you to confirm your decision once again by clicking on the 'Delete' button as shown in the screenshot given below.

Using the app 'Groups'

Step 1 - Launch the app upon successful installation, it will ask for access to be granted to your contacts, go ahead and agree to that. You should now be at a screen that looks like the one given below.

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Step 2 - Go to 'All Contacts' and you will see that every contacts has an empty circle right next to it on its left hand side.

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Step 3 - You simple have to tap on these circles to select the contacts you want to work with or delete in this case.

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Step 4 - Once you are done selecting the contacts you don't want anymore, press the button that says 'Actions...' on the top right hand corner of the screen. You should now get a pop window with a list of options as shown in the image below, select the option of 'Delete contacts...' for deleting the selected contacts.

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Part 2: Delete Multiple Contacts through iCloud using your PC

If you want to delete multiple contacts from your iPhone or iPad using the iCloud storage, then you have to perform the following steps that are very easy to follow.

Step 1 - At first, you have to connect the device to your PC. Now, you have to log in to your valid iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. If you have don't have a valid Apple ID, then you need to register and create one.

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Step 2 - After you have logged in, you'll find multiple menu and options. You should select and tap on the 'Contacts' option.

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Step 3 - If you use Mac OS, then you have to hold the 'Command' button and select the contacts that you want to delete. But, if you use Windows OS, then you just have to hold the Control (Ctrl) button in order to select the unwanted or unnecessary contacts.

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Step 4 - After you have completed the selection step, you can either press the 'Delete' button on your keyboard or you can click on the gear icon (located at the lower left corner).

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Step 5 - The working or acting flow usually influences a person to click on the gear icon. This will provide you multiple options. But, you should select Delete option.

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This will enable you to delete a number of contacts at one time. The new status of the contacts will immediately show up on your device if you have kept the Contacts Synchronizing option turned on.

Part 3: Delete Multiple Contacts from iCloud without using a PC

There are two ways that can effectively and successfully delete multiple contacts from your iPhone or from your loved iPad without connecting to a PC. There are a few simple steps that you have to follow.

Step 1 - You should, at first, open the Settings menu.

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Step 2 - Then you have to select the iCloud option that gives you the opportunity to make changes to your iCloud synchronizing settings.

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Step 3 - Toggle and turn off the synchronization option for your Contacts.

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Step 4 - Now, a different screen will appear and you will be prompted to delete the contacts that you have stored in the local memory of your device. Tap on the 'Delete from My iPhone' option to remove all the contacts from your iCloud storage.

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Part 4: Create a New Group and Delete the Whole Group

iPhone or iPad do not give you the opportunity to create groups directly. In this case too, you must follow some rules and steps.

Step 1 - You have to connect your iOS device to the PC first. Then you should log into your iCloud account. You will have access to multiple options and menu. Click on 'Contacts' and then the plus (+) sign, that you should find in the bottom left corner of the screen.

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Step 2 - Choose the 'New Group' option. Give a name or title to the group.

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Step 3 - Go through your contacts. You have to hold the Command key (for Mac users) or the Control key (for Windows users) in order to select the contacts you want to add to this group. Now drag the selected contacts to the group you just created.

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Step 4 - In order to delete a group, you again have to connect your device to the PC, log into your iCloud account and open the Contacts menu by following the aforementioned steps. Once done, you must select the group you want to delete. You just have to click on that group title.

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Step 5 - Now, press the Delete button on the keyboard. It will open up a new pop-up option that will ask you to confirm your decision. Click on Delete to perform the removal of the group.

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These 4 steps are the mostly used, most popular, and most effective ways to delete multiple or all contacts, and to manage your groups on your iPhone or iPad. You just have to follow some simple steps and you are all set.

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