iCloud duplicate contacts are not uncommon. For example, sometimes duplicate contacts can be created after iCloud sync. Regardless of the cause, the most important thing is to remove or merge duplicate contacts on icloud.com. This way, you can better manage and organize your contacts. This guide will show you how to fix the iCloud duplicate contacts issue on Mac and PC. It will also talk about how to get rid of duplicate contacts on iPhone. Just read on!
How to merge or delete iCloud duplicate contacts on Mac
You can quickly and accurately detect and get rid of iCloud contact duplicates by using ContactsMate, a professional contact manger for Mac. The app allows users to merge/remove duplicates, sync contacts, export contacts and do other cool things. It supports variety of websites, services and import/export contact formats.
Step 1. Download and install ContactsMate. Launch it.
Step 2. From the toolbar, click Add Account. Click iCloud and sign in to it with your Apple ID and password. Once signed in, you will be presented with a list of apps like iCloud Drive, Photos, Mail and Contacts. Make sure you select the checkbox before Contacts. Close the Internet Accounts window.
Step 3. Go back to ContactsMate. You should find a group called iCloud in the left panel of the interface. Select the group and click the Scan button in the toolbar.
Step 4. If there are any dupes, the Conflict Resolution window will appear, listing the detected iCloud duplicate contacts and providing you with a few available solutions (Edit, Merge, Ignore, etc.). Choose a solution and click the Fix or Fix All button in the lower right corner of the window.
Now your iCloud contacts will be duplicate-free. And they will be automatically synced to your iCloud Contacts.
You can set this duplicate contact remover to find certain types of duplicate contacts. From the top menu bar, select Preferences > Conflicts. There you can set the app to detect or ignore types of contact duplicates.
- Duplicate name
- Exact Duplicate Contacts
- Duplicate addresses in a single contact
- Duplicate phone numbers in a single contact
- And more?
How to merge or delete iCloud duplicate contacts on PC
How to delete duplicate contacts in iCloud on PC? If you are a Windows PC user, you can follow the instructions below.
Step 1. Go to https://www.icloud.com. Sign in with your account. Click the web-based app Contacts.
Step 2. In the lower left corner, click the gear icon and choose Select All.
Click the gear icon again and select Export vCard. All your iCloud contacts will be exported as a single .vcf file.
Step 3. Go to https://contacts.google.com/. Sign in to Google Contacts with your account. On the left panel of the page, click Import. Click Select file. Upload the .vcf file you?ve just exported. Click Import.
The imported iCloud contacts will be labeled by the date.
Step 4. Under Labels, select the right label. Here I choose the label Imported on 9/20. Click the Duplicates tool.
Step 5. It will list the groups of duplicate contacts iCloud. You can click the Merge button to merge iCloud duplicate contacts. To batch merge duplicate contacts iCloud, click Merge all.
Step 6. Click the Export tool. In the Export contacts dialog box, here I select Import on 9/20. In the Export as section, select the option vCard (for iOS Contacts). Click Export.
Step 7. Go back to icloud.com. Click the gear icon and select Import. Upload the vCard file.
This method is easy to operate. However, there?s a drawback. There is only one action ? Merge ? available.
Bonus tip: How do you get rid of duplicate contacts on iPhone?
The methods above show you how to remove iCloud duplicate contacts on PC, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, etc. As long as you are familiar with how these methods work, it will be super easy to delete duplicate contacts on iPhone. You only need to synchronize iPhone contacts with iCloud first. If you have no idea how to set it up, here?s a video tutorial.
Hopefully these instructions on how to merge or delete iCloud duplicate contacts will be helpful to you. If you have a lot of contacts to manage and organize, you will benefit from professional software like ContactsMate. In addition to detecting and fix duplicate contacts, it can also make it super easy to sync, edit, add, view, search, export, backup and manage contacts.