When you import contacts to your iPhone (or iCloud or iPad) in large numbers, there's always the chance that you'll end up with duplicates. And everyone knows how bad it is to handle duplicate contacts, find them and merge/delete them.
The stock Contacts app on the iPhone doesn't feature anything close to a smart merge feature. If you want to find, remove/merge duplicate contacts on your iPhone, there are three options: do it manually or use software on Mac/PC and then import contacts or use an iPhone app to remove duplicate contacts. This third option is what we're exploring in this post.
There are dozens of iPhone apps that promise to remove and merge duplicate contacts on your iPhone. About 90% of them work sort of “okay” and most of them require you to purchase (or upgrade through an IAP) to remove/merge duplicates. But here are some that we felt worked good.
Best iPhone Apps to Remove Duplicate Contacts
#1. Clean Doctor
Clean Doctor is much more than just a simple contact cleaner for your iPhone. You can use this app to prevent your smartphone from being cluttered with junk files.
This app instantly detects several duplicate contacts, images and allows you to delete them at one go. It can also let you optimize the storage of your iOS device. The system information display let you know the accurate conditions of the device.
#2. Remove Master
No longer want to keep duplicate contacts and photos on your iOS device and want to delete them all at once? Give this task to “Remove Master” and keep your Photos app as well as address book free from the unnecessary stuff. You can also remove the matching screenshots and burst photos from your device. To let you retrieve your deleted contacts, it provides the backup option. As for functionality, it's quite simple.
#3. Cleanup Duplicate Contacts
“Cleanup Duplicate Contacts” does the work of deleting unnecessary contacts with lightning fast speed. It's exactly something you would want to prevent your address book from being cluttered.
You can choose the merge level to find similar contacts; it and removes them without any hassle. It allows you to manage several contact sources such as iCloud, Gmail. Since it creates a backup of your address book, you will be able to retrieve any deleted contact quickly.
#4. Full Contact Address Book
“FullContact Address Book” is the best contact manager app for your iPhone. Aside from letting you merge all the duplicate contacts, it allows you to keep your address book organized.
You can add notes to your contacts to remember important things. FullContact also allows you to add photos, company information, social profiles to any contact automatically so that you have the detailed information about a particular person.
SmartMerge's interface and simplicity are unmatched. It is quite fast too. Coupled with an ultra-simple interface, what you get is a quick way to delete duplicates and merge the ones you need to keep.
You can quickly find and merge all duplicate contacts. If you don't want to get rid of the contacts for good, you have the option to back them up. To easily access your backup from anywhere, you can export it to Dropbox, Google Drive, or email.
#6. Cleaner Pro
Cleaner Pro is a highly functional contact manager for iPhone. With it, finding and merging duplicate contacts is a pretty simple task. The smart filters allow you to find out the contacts you need quickly.
You can easily delete contacts without a name, email, and phone number. Cleaner Pro allows you to backup your address book so that the deleted contacts can be recovered later. It supports 15 different languages such as English, Español, Français, Italiano, Deutsch, Português.
#7. Fix Duplicate
This app has been designed to detect and eliminate duplicate contacts without any hassle. With the simple user interface and neat functionality, it stands up to the task of cleaning up the Contacts. It auto-detects images from your gallery, selfies and allows you to remove them. The in-app backup and restore functionality provides the required convenience to import and export your address book.
#8. Duplicate Contacts Remover
Is finding duplicate contacts and eliminating them a long task on your iPhone? Assign this responsibility to “Duplicate Contacts Remover” and keep your address book neat and clean. Based on a name, phone number and email, it enables you to detect duplicate contacts. Courtesy the easy-to-use features, it makes contact management a straightforward affair.
ContactClean works perfectly in eliminating the duplicate contacts of your iOS device. The option to get rid of several contacts in batches save plenty of time.
It's capable of finding duplicate contacts with the same name, phone number and email automatically. Besides, you can combine multiple partial contacts of the same person into one. To ensure the backup remains safe, email it to yourself.
#10. Contacts Duster Pro
By letting you remove duplicate contacts comfortably, Contacts Duster Pro prevents your address book from being completely messed up. Whether you are upgrading to a new device or switching between carriers, this app makes sure you are able to import and export your contacts more conveniently.
Apart from detecting and merging duplicate contacts, it marks the undetected duplicates for auto-syncing. It has the support of 12 languages such as Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Dutch, French, Italian and Swedish.
The Bottom Line
So, get started with one of these favorite apps and keep your address book well-organized. If you want to do much more than just cleaning up the Contacts, go for the more comprehensive solution.
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