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.
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.
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.
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!