Do you need to cleanup your duplicate contacts? Are you dreading the idea of going through your contact list and deleting them one at a time? Don’t worry there is hope. In fact chances are you can remove and cleanup all of your duplicate contacts in a matter of seconds!
Contacts can add up quick and if you have doubles or triple of those contacts your address book can be a really long one. Duplicate contacts on an android phone love to pop up after performing a master reset or importing contacts from another source.
Androids actually have A LOT of backups built in to make sure that you don’t lose your information should anything undesired ever happen to your device. Be grateful! It’s much better to clean up duplicate contacts then to be missing contacts.
Luckily there are a few ways to remove the duplicate contacts from your android.
Showing contacts from a single source
The best way to cleanup your contacts is to make sure that they are not syncing from multiple sources. If you just synced your phone and it synced contacts that were saved on your SIM Card, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Y-mail, Hotmail, Exchange ActiveSync, an Address book built in by your service provider, your SD card (Memory Card), etc. then you might have a ton of duplicate contacts, one for each account!
So what we simply need to do is tell your phone to only show contacts from a single account or source.
Some phones make this easy you just have to know where to look.
From the home screen, tap Apps > People/Contacts (it might say People or it might say Contacts depending on your phones manufacturer), while looking at your contact list tap the Menu key > select Contacts to display. Under Contacts to display, select the account(s) which contain the contacts you wish to display or deselect the account(s) that you do not want contacts displayed from.
Note: You might have to scroll down once you tap on your menu key, the “Contacts to display” option might not be visible unless you scroll down.
This is the most common method used to locate an Android phones display options but your phone might be a little different, so you might need to snoop around in your phones settings to try to locate the right display options.
This is the BEST way to remove duplicates because you don’t delete anything, and you get to keep backups of your contacts. All of your contacts remain on your phone and on their respective accounts it just doesn’t show them.
There’s an App for that
As usual the all powerful Android and its amazing Play Store has an app for almost anything and this situation is no exception.
If you choose, you can most certainly look for an application on Google’s Play Store that will assist in managing your contacts.
Access your Apps > Play Store > Search (tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the screen) > Type in “Duplicated Contacts” into the search field; Press the Enter/Search icon in the bottom right of your keyboard. Read the reviews of the applications available, pick one, and enjoy.
A word of caution though, you might be trusting your contacts to an application and its developer so just be aware and take that into consideration, if you can use the Contacts to Display option mentioned earlier in this article to accomplish your goals then I recommend you stick with that method instead of an application, but I digress.
Delete your duplicate contacts one at a time
Not the most preferred method by any means, and if you’re here then chances are you didn’t want to go through the painstaking process of removing every duplicate contact manually. But this option is most certainly available.
I hope you enjoyed the article and remember that it’s always better to have duplicate contacts than missing contacts on your phone.
If you have any questions or would like to share another method that you used to remove duplicate contacts from your android phone then don’t hesitate to leave it in a comment below. Enjoy and have a fantastic day.