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 & sync. Select your Google account and uncheck 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 the 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. Select 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.


  1. Patrick Henry says

    I had synced from two sources and so the contact data was redundant and repeating. Your guide gave me assurance in the risky game of deleting contacts. I then synced with Gmail and all is well. Thanks.

  2. Sergio SG says

    To delete all contacts stored on phone:

    go to settings> applications> manage applications> Contacts storage>clear data.

    This will delete all contacts in the address book.

    I had some merge issues, duplicates would not merge on phone although I kept merging in gmail contacts, so I turned off sync, deleted all contacts this way and re-synced to google contacts and all is great now!

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