How To Delete Multiple Contacts From iPhone All At Once

December 13, 2016

Every year we see a new iPhone flagship getting released with more features, functionalities, and apparently a heavier price tag. iPhones have evolved over the years, and somewhat dramatically. However, what hasn’t changed much, other than the appearance, is the Contacts App. No new significantly useful functionalities have been added to this app over the years.

If you wish to delete multiple contacts on your iPhone, you cannot do it through Contacts App; it only lets you delete one at a time.  So, what do you do? You use a third party app or a computer to remove the contacts from the list. Let’s take a look at how to delete multiple contacts on iPhone and also how to delete iPhone contacts all at once!

Delete Multiple Contacts Using A Third Party App

Using an app is an easy way to download multiple contacts from your iPhone. There are a number of apps that let you perform this action; our favorites are Groups or Smart Merge apps. The process is pretty straightforward and more or less the same across all such apps. Here, we will outline how you can remove multiple contacts at a time using the Groups app.

Groups is a free app that you can easily download from the App Store. Once you have downloaded and installed this app, follow these simple steps:

  • Launch the app on your iPhone
  • You will be prompted to grant this app access to your contacts; do what is required
  • You will see the Groups list; from there tap on All Contacts at the top
  • You will now see the list of the contacts with a checkbox on the left of each contact; scroll through the list while checking the contacts you wish to delete from your phone
  • Once you have selected all the contacts you wish to delete, tap on Choose Action on the top panel
  • A menu will pop up; select Delete Contacts
  • To confirm your action tap on ‘Remove from my iPhone!’ on the dialogue box that pops up

That would be it! The selected contacts will be deleted from your phonebook or contacts list. You can go to the original Contacts app of your iPhone to verify that the contacts were actually removed from the list.

Groups may perhaps not be the most visually appealing app around, but it will do the job pretty quickly and effectively. You may also try the other apps as well if you like.

Delete Multiple Contacts Using Your Mac Or PC

Mac Computer

Now let me tell you how to delete contacts from iCloud, if you have a Mac computer, deleting multiple contacts from iPhone (or any other iOS device) is possible. You can use the Contacts app of your Mac OS for this purpose. You will just need to make sure that you are signed into the same iCloud account on your iPhone and Mac both. You will also need to ensure that the Contacts app is checked. To sign into iCloud, here is what you can do:

  • Go to Settings and click on iCloud
  • This is the section where you can sign in to iCloud and also check the Contacts. This will enable you to synch the contacts across all the devices.

Once you have signed in to iCloud (if you were not already), launch the Contacts app on the Mac computer. You can find Contacts in the Applications.

Click on All Contacts first. Now, press and hold the Command button on the keyboard of your computer. While holding down the Command button, select all the contacts you wish to delete one by one.

Once all the contacts you wish to delete have been selected, simply right click and on the pop-up menu choose ‘Delete Cards.’ On the next window confirm your action. The contacts will be deleted.

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Windows Computer

You can delete multiple contacts on your iPhone from your PC as well. Go to icloud.com website and sign in with the same Apple ID you have used to sign in to the iPhone on which you wish to delete multiple contacts.

Once you are logged in, you will see several icons, among which you will find Contacts. Select Contacts. Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting the contacts you wish to delete. Once all the contacts have been selected, simply press the Delete key on the keyboard. Confirm the action by clicking on Delete on the pop-up dialogue box.

How To Delete iPhone Contacts All At Once

So you want to know how to delete iPhone contacts all at once? It is indeed pretty easy to delete all your contacts at once from your iPhone. Again, Contacts App doesn’t allow you to do that. You can use one of the two methods we have outlined above. But, if you are removing the contacts because you wish to sell the phone or give it to someone else, make sure you factory reset the phone and wipe it clean.

We hope this post would have solved all your queries related to how to delete multiple contacts on iPhone 6s

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