Merging Contacts On Your iOS Device

Do you have a contact problem on your iOS device?

Do your duplicates stress you out??

It’s practically inevitable that duplicate contacts appears on your iOS device either by accident, typos, through sharing vCard information with others, or from something as basic as a contact changing their name and addresses, for which an additional entry gets added. Prior to iOS 7, there was no simple way of handling multiple contact entries on your iOS device, but that has finally changed, and now there is an easy way to merge those contacts directly and easily!

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Ok, this will be fantastic for those of you that experience DCS! Because this is done on your iOS device, you do not need to to sync to iCloud, iTunes or any other computer for the change to take effect, you simply make the change directly on your iOS device, and iCloud, takes care of pushing the changes automatically to any other iOS and OS X devices that use the same Apple ID.

I’ve got screen captures just below to assist.

This fantastic new feature is not actually called Merge, but rather Link Contacts, which is possibly why it’s often missed, or overlooked, regardless, here is what you do!

    1. From your iOS device, tap the Contacts app (or on your iPhone, tap the phone app) , open the contact you wish to merge another duplicate contacts with.
    2. Next, tap on the “Edit” button.
    3. Scroll down toward the bottom to find Link Contacts, then tap on the green plus icon “(+) link contacts…” to link/merge the contact with another.
    4. Then, locate the contact to merge (either a duplicate or a changed addressee) and tap on the name, then tap on “Link” in the corner.
    5. Repeat for more than one duplicate, otherwise tap on “Done” to finish the merging.

Yeah!! This instantly links/merges all contact details from the two (or more) contact cards into a single contact entry, it does not overwrite any information, it simply merges all details into a single contact.

In the screenshots below, the address information for multiple AT&T contacts has been merged into a single card. The first contact edited will be the one that accepts the merged details:

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Once you click “Done”, there will only be a single contact for the details you merged (linked), in this example I’ve Merged/Linked two AT&T accounts.

One great thing about the “Link Contacts” method is that although it merges the contacts, it can very easily be undone if you decide to unmerge/unlink the contact details. To do that, just go back to the contact in question, tap on “Edit” and then tap on the red (-) icon along the linked contacts details.

There are other ways to Merge/Link contacts, but I’m not going to address those here. Today I simply wanted to point out a great feature that was added to iOS 7.

So now it’s up to you! If you are loaded with duplicate contacts, you’ve been given the green light to get rid of them! It may take some time, but will definitely be worth it. Free you device of DCS!

Until next time, best to you and your fewer contacts.  🙂

Geoff Horwitz

About Geoff Horwitz

Geoff Horwitz, The MacMentor, is a computer technology guru. He has wealth of experience and expertise not only in Apple technology but in computing needs in general. Geoff has spent more than 20 years consulting for big businesses, most recently with Apple. He began his own successful business after he realized that there was a real need and demand for quality consulting and training on a smaller but much more gratifying scale. Now, as the MacMentor, he shares his knowledge with consumers, schools, libraries, and small businesses. Specializing in, but not limited to Apple technology. You can see from the reviews from his customers they not only appreciate what is learned, but also for his relaxed, patient and humorous style of mentoring. You can learn more about Geoff at his website, www.themacmentor.com

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