• Thanks for the appreciation, Mary! Keep following us for more useful tips! 🙂

  • Mary Becerra

    YOUR ARTICLE WAS AWESOME!!!! I have been looking for a long time for a solution to this problem and doing as you instructed with one push of the contacts to display solved the issue of duplicate phone book entries on my phone!!

  • See Bee

    I tried managing dupicates manually and it is a pain. I downloaded the Duplicates View & Destroy app and all dups were gone in a minute. The app link is :


  • AK

    I have the S4 and have 1 contact that is duplicated a 1000+ times. How do I get rid of the contact without spending hours deleting one by one??

  • Do you see “Merge accounts”?

  • longtallsam

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

  • 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 ???

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

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • Which option are you talking about?

  • This option is not available on the Samsung Galaxy S4

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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