Have multiple duplicate contacts in your address book? Confused which is the right one? You do not need a third party app to clean up the duplicated contacts. Your Android phone has pretty nice options that allow you to cleanup your address book by instantly merging all overlapping contact-details into one contact.
Your Android phone lets you add contacts from multiple accounts, such as phone contacts, Google account, other email accounts, SIM card contacts, and so on. If the sync is enabled, your phone keeps syncing all contacts and sometimes due to this multiplicity you get one or more duplicates for each entry on your phonebook.
Many of us often flash a ROM, stock or custom, or wipe the phone’s data sometimes. As soon as you sign into your Google and other email accounts, your Android phone starts syncing the saved contacts into your phone, resulting in duplicate contacts. Some people import contacts from a pre-exported backup from SD Card and this sometimes also creates multiple entries for the same contacts.
In this tutorial we shall look into the different possible solutions to remove or clean up the duplicate contacts from your Android phone. To learn how you can do it, check out the simple tutorial below. I have tested the methods on Galaxy S4 and S3, but it should also work on Android devices by other brands like HTC, LG, Sony and Motorola. Options names might be different but function should be there.
If you phone is suffering from the duplicate contacts complex, let’s start from the the phone itself. Open your phone’s contacts and tap the “Merge Contacts” option. When you select the merge the merge option, the phone will start scanning your entire address book and provide with a detailed results list that will contain all the duplicate contacts and let you choose whether you want to merge all contacts with matching details such as phone number and email address, etc. Your phone will thus merge the duplicate contacts found, so you have a neat looking address book to make you more productive.
Open your Contacts again to verify that all duplicate entries are gone. In case they are still present there, tap on “Contacts to Display” option and select a single source (preferably your Google account) from where the phone shows the contacts.
By choosing what online accounts to sync to fetch available contacts you can decrease the chances of your phone having duplicate contacts. Open the Contacts app and tap on the options key to find the “Accounts” option and tap it. You will see a pop up with the list of active accounts from where your phone is getting and syncing address book data. From here, you can remove or add an online account. If you want your Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft Exchange or non-Gmail contacts to show in Contacts you can add then by tapping on the “Add Account” button. To sync Facebook and Twitter contacts you need to install and sign in first.
If your phone’s Contacts app is showing the email contacts from Gmail or other contacts and you do not want you phone to show them, you can easily remove such contacts from the list. Open contacts options and select Settings, then check the “Only Contacts with Phones” and done!
If you have an Android device, you must be having a Gmail account too. You can get rid of the duplicate contacts on your Android phone without even touching it. Yes, this is possible! Here is how you can do it.
Log/sign in to your Gmail account, click on Gmail on the top left corner and select “Contacts”. Now you can see all the contacts synced from your phone, Gmail and Google+.
Click on the “More” and select “Find &Merge Duplicates…” option. Gmail will scan for the duplicate contacts and show you the list. Click on “Merge” and all your duplicate contacts will be merged into one.
If the auto sync option is enabled on your phone, the duplicate contacts will be removed from your device too.
You must be knowing that you can create a manual backup of the contacts saved on your phone. In case you do not know how to do it, open the Contacts options and select “Import/Export” option and select “Export to SD card” on the next screen. The contacts are saved as one file with .vcf extension and might look like this 00001.vcf. By default this file is saved to the root/main directory of the internal or external SD Card of your Android device. Connect your phone to the computer using a USB cable and copy the vcf file to desktop.
Open your Gmail on the browser and go to Gmail> More> Import, click on “Choose File” and select the vcf file, and your phones contacts will be merged with your Gmail contacts.
Go to Gmail> More> Export and select all or desired contacts to be exported. Then choose the “vCard format” (that is a file with .vcf extension) and click on “Import” button. The Gmail contacts will be downloaded to your computer. Copy this file to your phone, open Contacts> Import/Export> Import from SD card and select the VCard file downloaded from Gmail. Done!
In case you have an HTC device, you can manage your phone contacts pretty easily on the device itself. Jut open Contacts and tap on the 3 Dot menu button on the top-right corner of the screen. From the list of options, select “Manage Contacts”. On the next screen, you’ll have options like deleting and merging duplicate contacts.
The Google Play Store has millions of Apps for all purposes. It is natural that it has some goods app that can help you with removing and managing the duplicate contacts on your phone. Here are three free apps that might be useful for you.
I hope this simple tutorial would have helped you in removing the duplicate contacts from your Android phone. The guide was based on the options available on Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 and they might differ from phone to phone. I do believe, however, that all the options mentioned above can be found on all non-Samsung Android phones, may be in different words. For more nice tutorial on Android, keep visiting Droidviews.com and let us know if you liked it.