Remove/ Merge/ Delete Duplicate Contacts on Android and Gmail

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Remove Duplicate Entries from Contacts

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.


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Manage Your Phone Contacts

 

Delete Duplicate Contacts on Android:

If your phone’s contacts app is crowded with duplicate entries, let’s see how to fix them. 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.

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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.

Add or Remove Accounts:

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.

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Show Contacts with Phone Number Only:

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!

Contacts with Phone Number

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  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Do you see “Merge accounts”?

  • longtallsam

    I have an S5 and don’t find anything about merging contacts in it.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Well, there’re other methods too. Go to page 2 of this tutorial: http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-remove-duplicate-entries-from-phone-contacts-on-android-and-gmail/2/

  • Abdul Rahman Jafar

    Hi.. Rakesh..

    Good toturial… but my phone lenovo P780 android 4.2.2 is different from your samsung phone.. My phone have 1000+ duplicate contact. I delete it manually, but it coming back..

    So, how to solve the problems ???

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Interesting, but I would like to have more of your reflections! Sorry for the bad grammar!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    The option “Merge Accounts/Contacts” is there on the Galaxy Grand, Note 2, S4, Note 3, etc.and since I has the S3 when I wrote the guide, I believe it is on the S3 too. It’s another thing that Vzw does not make some handy things available to its users.

  • Mark Bonine

    No merge contacts option anywhere on my Galaxy S 3. Seems like my experience not unique. Suggest taking this down or at least editing for accuracy.

  • Guest

    There is no “merge contacts” on my Galaxy S 3 (SCH-I535 4.1.2). I’m concerned that similar feedback didn’t result mods to this article. Credibility is also stretched by claimed “versed-ness” in English literature when basic grammer not consistent with same.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/MrFPSDude DirtY DawG

    Don’t know what OS you are running yours but mine does not have that option. I have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 OS 4.2.2

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    I just checked my S4, Note 10.1and Note 3, the option os still there. In Note 3 it is present as Merge Accounts.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/MrFPSDude DirtY DawG

    the “merge contacts” option. Maybe in the S3 (as your screenshot suggests) however this option does not exist in the S4 OS 4.2.2. I ended up having to do it old school (which sucked). However the option DOES exist in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 which also runs 4.2.2…go figure.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Which option are you talking about?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/MrFPSDude DirtY DawG

    This option is not available on the Samsung Galaxy S4

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  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Okay try this: note down the contact number and names, delete them from the device, go to Settings> Sync and sync your contacts, then manually add those contacts. Hope this helps.

  • Paula

    They do indeed have numbers.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hi, the phone icon appears only before those contacts that have a phone number attached to them. Does those contacts have a number assigned to them?

  • Paula

    Thank you so much Rakesh, I tried the contacts backup to gmail account and it worked. Now I have to find out why there’s no green phone symbol beside 11 of my contacts. . . . . .

  • Drew Lawrence

    I would be happiest with just the numbers I actually put into my last one being there but I guess I don’t get that choice. It would have been easier to just manually enter the ones I want versus deleting so many. Oh well it’s still an awesome phone.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    If you want your phone contacts to appear in contacts, select it but in order that you can see all contacts from other accounts, you should also select Google account.

  • Drew Lawrence

    As of yesterday I have the Galaxy S4 they moved all my contacts over from my old Photon but for some reason there were repeats of about half and in some cases 3. I’m now going through and joining and deleting but if I check phone in the contacts to display they all disappear.

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    If you are signed in your phone with your Gmail account, your contacts must be there on Gmail. Which phone do you have?

  • Drew Lawrence

    From the phone. I had the box phone checked for contacts to display. I don’t remember ever saving contacts from my old phone to Gmail so I doubt they’re there. I check all and see a bit more. I just wish it wouldn’t have added the ones from Facebook on the last one or this one. I have over 2000 friends as I use FB to promote my band. I don’t really care to have their numbers!

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Disappeared? from phone or Gmail?

  • Drew Lawrence

    I found merge contacts and I had two choices Google or Samsung. I checked google and now All my contacts disappeared!

  • http://droidviews.com/ Dhananjay Bhardwaj

    The merging is done on the Gmail contacts on a Desktop PC. It could not be done on your device or on any, until and unless you’re using an App.

  • Todd Perry

    Useless there is no merge option on most android phones, maybe on your iphone. I have LG Optimus Q