Android: How to Delete All Contacts

If you wish to delete all contacts from your Android device, there is a quicker way than deleting them one-by-one. Just use one of these methods.

Method 1 – Clear Data on the Device

  1. Disable syncing by going to “Settings” > “Accounts“. Select your Google account and uncheck “Sync Contacts“. If you sync contacts with other apps such as Facebook or Twitter, be sure to disable syncing for those apps as well.
    Android uncheck sync contacts
  2. Go to “Settings” > “Applications” > “Manage applications” > “All” > “Contacts Storage” and select “Clear data“.
    Note: This will also clear other data like your recent calls and Favorites.
    Andorid clear storage from Contacts Storage

Method 2 – Delete All Contacts From Account You Sync With

If you don’t mind losing your contacts in your account as well as your phone, delete all of the contacts from the account your Android syncs with using your computer. For example, if you sync your Android with Google Contacts, sign into Gmail and follow these steps:

  1. From Gmail, switch from “Gmail” to “Contacts” on the left pane.
  2. Check the box at the top of the left row to select all contacts.
  3. Select “More” > “Delete contacts“.
    Delete all contacts from Gmail

The next time your Android automatically syncs with Google, they will be completely cleared.

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