It’s practically inevitable for duplicate contact information to appear on an iPhone or iPad over the course of using an iOS device, whether by accident, typos or through sharing vcard information with others.
But the good news is that there is a simple way to merge duplicated contacts in iOS.
Merging Duplicate Contacts in iOS
The feature is actually called “Link Contacts”, which is perhaps why it’s not widely used and often overlooked, here is how to use it:
- From the Phone app or the Contacts app, open the contact you wish to merge other duplicate contacts with
- Tap on the “Edit” button
- Scroll down to find “Linked Contacts”, then tap on the green plus icon “(+) link contacts…” to link/merge the contact with another
- Locate the contact to merge (either a duplicate or a changed addressee) and tap on the name, then tap on “Link” in the corner
- Repeat for more than one duplicate, otherwise tap on “Done” to finish the merging
This instantly merges all contact details from the two (or more) contact cards into a single contact entry – it does not overwrite phone number, address, or email information, it simply merges all details into a single card.