Delete a Contact From iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Delete a contact from the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with these steps.

1. Open the Contacts app.

iOS Contacts icon

2. Choose the contact you wish to get rid of.

3. Tap Edit. (If you don’t see an Edit button, view this post.)

iOS Contact Edit button

4. Scroll down and tap Delete Contact.

iOS Delete Contact button

The ability to delete multiple contacts is not available within the Apple iOS system. You will need a third-party app such as Cleanup for such capability.

If you receive an error that says “The linked Facebook contact will not be deleted”, see the post: Cannot Delete Facebook Contact From iOS

Comments

  1. J.B.Subramaniam says

    In my ipod touch, this method didn’t work.It shows ” The linked Facebook contact will not be deleted”. So status quo ante. What next?

  2. Jeannine says

    I phone 3 deleted a name and number in my contacts but when i go to email the name and number is still there how do I delete this?

  3. Elaine kirwan says

    Hi … I deleted a name and number from my contacts.. But it is still in messages with no way to delete it. The name is still there with the number listed under other . Listed under mobile in other contacts. If you press on name to send message only the number and not name registers . I cannot delete this name and number from messages . Gone from contacts . Help please!!

  4. Norma Scarth says

    Like Jules Edited a contact to remove a wrong address, still came up as both the new and old address so I cancelled the contact altogether and started a new email and the wrong address came up ???? Checked Contacts and there was no record of any address for this person ???

  5. Jules says

    I’ve deleted the contact but when I put in the first letter of that ontact in the ‘To…..’ on a new message it still brings up that contact!! Even though it has been deleted????

  6. Sunitha says

    How come when I delete a contact from my I phone the contact still appears in my text messeges.how do i completely remove the contact .it does not appear in my phonebook just texts.

  7. Nicole says

    This is REALLY helpful!!!!!!!! I have been trying to remove a contact for a while but did not know how. Thanks :)

  8. j says

    My think is even after deleting the contact when you go into messaging and begin to type the contact still appears. How do you get rid of that?

  9. Barb says

    I have the same question as above. Is there a fix for this? The contact is deleted but still shows up in text and also old deleted text msgs show up in the search.

  10. Althea Brown says

    How come when i delete a contact from my iphone the contact still appears in my text messages. How do i completely remove the contact. It does not appear in my phonebook just texts

  11. Cathy says

    With the last IOS update, my phone brought all my facebook friends into my contact list. I don’t want them there but I can’t delete them, even individually. Is there any way to change it back?

  12. MikeC says

    I have a contact that shows as a contact on on my text messages but not on my list of contacts. Anyone have any idea how to erase the contact all together?

  13. Sue says

    Similar question. I tried to make a group in my IPAD 1 from a suggestion I saw on the web but it didn’t work. Now, when I tap m in the to box of a new email, it still shows this deleted contact married with one of my valid contacts in there.
    Apple is a real pain in some ways!

  14. Rosi says

    How come when i delete a contact from my iphone the contact still appears in my text messages. How do i completely remove the contact. It does not appear in my phonebook just texts

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