How to Delete Multiple iPhone Contacts

Over the years, one thing that has consistently grown on my iPhone is the number of contacts. At times, they leave me completely confused; making me wonder whether I have ever met or known those people stored in my iPhone contacts. The iOS by default does not have a feature to delete multiple contacts at once. Thankfully, there are third-party apps to help.

“Groups” is one such app on the App Store that not only allows deleting all or multiple contacts from iPhone, but it also has a lot of other features. On top of that, it is completely free to use. For the purpose of this post, we will focus on the deleting contacts part, but you should surely explore its other features.

How to Delete Multiple Contacts from iPhone at Once

Step #1. Download the Groups app on your iPhone and launch it.

Step #2. Next, allow the app to access your contacts.

Allow Groups App to Access Your iPhone Contacts

Step #3. Now under Smart Labels, check out the number of uncategorized contacts, have email/photo/phone. You can tap on each one of these particular groups and clean them all up at once.

In this test, we will select Has photo from the Groups list.

Select iPhone Contacts by Label

Step #4. Next, scroll through your contacts and checkmark the ones which you wish to get rid of. To do so, just tap on the circle outline to the left of a specific name.

Select Contacts in Groups App on iPhone

Step #5. Tap on Choose Action at the top.

Tap on Choose Action in Groups iPhone App

Step #6. Tap on Delete contacts in the menu.

Tap on Delete Contacts in Groups iPhone App

Step #7. Finally, you have to tap on “Remove from my iPhone!” in the popup to give your final approval.

Tap on Remove from My iPhone in Groups App on iPhoneThat’s all!

If you wish to delete all contacts at once, instead of taping the circles at Step number 4, you can tap on Select All at the top-left of the screen and then follow step number five directly to delete all contacts from your iPhone at once.

Delete All iPhone Contacts at Once

How to Remove Multiple iPhone Contacts using iCloud

Before you start removing contacts, toggle your iCloud Backup on.

Enable iCloud Backup on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings on your iPhone → Tap on your Profile.

Tap on Settings then Your Name on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on iCloud → Tap on iCloud Backup.

Tap on iCloud then iCloud Backup on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Now turn iCloud Backup ON.

Enable iCloud Backup on iPhone or iPad

Please note that the Backup process may take 3 to 4 hours. You need a Wi-Fi network for this Backup process.

Delete Multiple Contacts from iPhone using iCloud

Step #1. Log on to iCloud.

Sign in to iCloud Using Apple ID



Step #2. Click on Contacts.

Click on Contacts in iCloud

Step #3. If you are using Mac, hold the Command button, and then click on each contact you want to remove. If you are using Windows PC, click on each contact while holding the Control (Ctrl) button (This will allow you to select multiple contacts.)

Select Contacts you Wish to Delete

Step #4. Now, either press the Delete button on the keyboard or click on Show Actions Menu (gear icon) located on the bottom left.

Click on Settings Icon in iCloud

Step #5. Click on Delete.

Click on Delete in iCloud Contacts

The changes will be reflected as long as Contacts syncing is enabled.

Watch out how to delete multiple contacts in iCloud

That’s pretty simple, right?

Wrapping up…

Deleting bulk contacts at once doesn’t need much of the technical work. We wish Apple notices this iOS limitation and rolls out this feature in the next update. But until then, we will either need to use iCloud or third-party apps to get things done.

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The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.