How to Delete Contacts on Your iPhone

There are many ways to delete contacts on your iPhone. You can either delete contacts using the phone app, on iCloud or with an app from the Apple Store. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to delete contacts on iPhone using iOS 15.

Note: If you’ve enabled syncing to iCloud, the contacts will be saved and backed up to your iCloud account.

Delete Individual Contacts Using the Phone app

  1. Open the Phone app.

    Open the Phone app
    Open the Phone app
  2. Go to Contacts at the bottom of the screen.

    Go to Contacts
    Go to Contacts
  3. Browse through the contact list and select the Contact you want to delete.

    Select the Contact to Delete
    Select the Contact to Delete
  4. Tap Edit on the contact screen.

    Tap Edit
    Tap Edit
  5. Select Delete Contact at the bottom of the screen.

    Select Delete Contact
    Select Delete Contact

Delete Multiple Contacts Using iCloud

To delete contacts using iCloud, first make sure contacts are already backed up to your iCloud account.

To back up your contacts on iCloud, go to Settings >Apple ID >iCloud. Tap the slider next to ‘Contacts’ to sync the saved numbers on your iPhone with iCloud. You can log into your iCloud to confirm that the contacts are synced.

You can easily select and delete multiple contacts from your iCloud account. Here is how:

  1. Sign in to your iCloud account on your Mac or Windows computer (note you can also do this by logging into iCloud on your phone).

    Sign in to iCloud
    Sign in to iCloud
  2. Open Contacts on iCloud.

    Open Contacts on iCloud
    Open Contacts on iCloud
  3. Press Shift (Windows) or Command (Mac) and left-click to select multiple contacts to delete.

    Select Multiple Contacts
    Select Multiple Contacts on iCloud
  4. Tap the Settings icon on the bottom-left of the screen.

    Tap the Settings icon on the bottom left
    Tap the Settings icon on the bottom left
  5. Select Delete on the pop-up to get rid of the selected contacts.

    Tap Delete
    Tap Delete

Note: Deleting a contact removes it entirely from your iPhone. If you delete the contact on iCloud, it will be permanently gone from all your linked devices as well.

Delete Multiple Contacts Using Third-Party Apps

Deleting contacts with iCloud is fast, but if you haven’t backed up your contacts, this may not be an option for you. An alternative is using apps from the Apple Store to get rid of the contacts on your iPhone.

One of the best apps to use is Delete Contacts+.

Delete Contacts+

With Delete Contacts+, you can group contacts in categories like names,  emails, contacts, or addresses.

This grouping makes it easier to delete specific contacts.

  1. Install the Delete Contacts+ app from the Apple Store.

    Install Delete Contacts +
    Install Delete Contacts +
  2. Click OK to grant the app access to your contacts.

    Click Ok
    Click Ok to grant access
  3. Select the Contacts you want to delete.

    Select Contacts to Delete
    Select Contacts to Delete
  4. Tap Delete at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap Delete at the bottom of the screen
    Tap Delete at the bottom of the screen

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