Google Contacts 2019 HeroSource: Android Central

When it comes to our Android devices, we tend to go through and organize everything, including changing all of our settings and anything else. However, for some reason, the organization of our contact list feels like a chore, and we end up with duplicate entries for just a single person. Thankfully, the days of having to go through and find every single duplicate manually are gone, as there are apps that do the hard work for us.

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How to delete a contact from your Android phone

  1. Open the Google Contacts app on your phone.
  2. Locate the contact you wish to delete and tap on it.

    Delete Contact with Google Contacts AppSource: Android Central

  3. Tap on the three-dots in the top right-hand corner.
  4. Select Delete.
  5. Confirm that you wish to delete the contact.

How to find and merge duplicates

  1. Open the Google Contacts app on your phone.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu button in the top left-hand corner.

    Merge Contacts from SuggestionsSource: Android Central

  3. Tap on the Suggestions button.
  4. From this menu, select Merge duplicates

    Completion of suggested Contact merging with Google ContactsSource: Android Central

After choosing the Merge duplicates option, you'll be given two more options from the Contacts app. The first will offer to accept a single duplicate suggestion by tapping Merge. If you want to merge all possible duplicate contact suggestions, tap on the Merge All button.

One might think that Google wants you to worry about an "all or nothing" approach, but the Contacts app has one more trick. If you want to pick and choose which contacts to delete, here's what you need to do.

  1. Open the Google Contacts app on your phone.
  2. Tap the three-dot button in the top right-hand corner.

    Select Contacts to manually mergeSource: Android Central

  3. Tap on More in the top right-hand corner.
  4. Tap on the Select button.
  5. Go through your suggestions and choose the contacts you want to merge.
  6. When finished, tap the three-dot button and then select Merge.

    Confirm merging of contacts from Contacts appSource: Android Central

Take advantage of third-party applications

There are a plethora of solid contact replacement applications on the Play Store with different special features. One example is the aptly-named Duplicate Contacts Fixer and Remover which not only syncs your contacts, but gets rid of duplicates even quicker.

  1. Open the Duplicate Contacts Fixer and Remover app on your phone.
  2. Select the account that you wish to remove the duplicate contacts of.
  3. Tap on the Find Duplicates button within the app.

    Delete Duplicate Contacts with Duplicate Contacts Fixer AppSource: Android Central

  4. After the scan has been run, the app will show all duplicate and similar contacts in your list.
  5. Tap the Delete Duplicates button, and the app will remove any duplicates that were found.

It's a great feeling to go through your contact list and know that there are no more duplicates wasting your time. Between the available third-party apps in the Play Store and Google's own Contacts app, there's a way for you to get rid of those duplicates quickly and easily.

Keep your contacts list clean and organized

Over the years, your contact list can become a jumbled mess, especially if you've switched between devices. However, it will be much easier to call the right number, after the duplicates have either been merged or deleted.

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