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3 Ways to Delete your iPhone Contacts

For most of us, our contacts list are some of the most important part of our iPhones and we care most about backing them up as they remind us of our loved ones, friends and colleagues who are far apart. For this reason, iPhones are well known for their contact management system as iTunes back up the contacts by default. Over time, the address book gets cluttered with contacts you no longer need to a level where the iPhone cannot hold more, which results in a need to delete some of these contacts. Deleting some of these contacts make it easier to find the contact you want. This article describes some of the most common methods for deleting iPhone contacts.

Have you ever wondered how you can clean up your iPhone and get rid of unnecessary contacts? Here are the two free ways that you can easily use to clean up your contacts.

Method one – using your contact application

This is the first and simplest way to delete the contacts one by one. Simply follow the following steps:

  • Open the Contact application on your iPhone home screen.
  • Locate the contact you want to delete. you can simply type the name at the top of the screen for first searching.
  • Tap the contact to open the details.
  • Tap edit in the upper right corner of the contact details.
  • Scroll down at the bottom of the contact detail and tap on delete contact to confirm.


Method two – using your address book and iTunes

Alternatively, you can choose to delete contacts by use of your address book. The following steps should be followed:

  • Open your address book. If you are syncing the contacts on PC or Mac, you can get them on the address book on the computer.
  • Select the contacts you want to delete.
  • If you are using Mac, on the address book click “Edit” menu and then hit “Delete card” on a PC click “Action” in the contact list, then “Menu” and then “Delete Contact” as shown below.
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer, open iTunes and select your device at the top right of the iTunes window.
  • Click on the info button at the top of the iTunes window, enable “sync contacts” and tap “All contacts” at the bottom. Click “Apply” to sync your iPhone with iTunes and remove the contacts you deleted from address book.

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At times contacts can be deleted but still appear in your contact menu as you search through the search filter. This might include sensitive information that you wanted to have been deleted long ago. To deal with such problems the use of Wandershare SafeEraser is encouraged.

Wondershare SafeEraser removes all the deleted messages, your cache, browsing history, junk applications and files. To delete contacts permanently by use of Wondershare SafeEraser, the following procedure is followed:

  1. Run the SafeEraser on your computer after successful installation.
  2. Connect your iOS device to the computer via a USB cable.
  3. Wait for a pop up window showing your device conntected successfully.


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Method 1: Data Clean up

  • Click on ‘1-Click Clean up’ on the primary window. The program will automatically begin scanning your device.


  • Once the scanning process is complete, the program will display the total amount of junk files. Click on “Clean up” to free the space.


  • To ensure that all the junk files are completely cleaned up, the device should remain connected throughout the whole process.
  • When the cleanup is complete, the program will display the space information on your screen as follows.
  • You can now click home to go back to the main window or click “Rescan” to repeat the process.


Method 2: Erasing Deleted Files

This permanently deletes trashed files.

  • In the primary window, click “Erase Deleted Files” and scanning process will be initiated. The program will also show the progress of the records detected.


  • Erase the files selected by clicking “Erase Now” You can also select the files you want erased by checking in the box in front of it.


  • The program will then prompt you to type the word ‘delete’ to confirm permanent deletion.
  • Once deletion is complete, the program will display “successfully erased”.


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