You can merge duplicate contacts in iOS 16 to avoid having to manually delete them. Additionally, you may link contact cards for the same individual across several accounts so that they only appear once in your Contacts app’s “All Contacts list.” If duplicate contacts are present, the update will automatically find them and let you know.
If you have contacts from several sources, you can have many entries for the same person in Contacts. To avoid duplicate contacts appearing in your All Contacts list, all contacts with the same name that may come from different sources are linked together and displayed as a single unified contact.
How to merge duplicate contacts on iPhone
If you have multiple contact cards with the same first and last name, you can merge duplicate contacts.
- Your iOS device’s Contacts app should be opened.
- Next, select the Duplicates Found menu item that is located beneath the “My Card” button.
- To examine and combine specific contacts, tap on them. To combine all duplicate contacts, tap the Merge All button.
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How to Link contacts manually on iPhone
If two entries for the same individual aren’t linked automatically, you can manually link them.
- Get your iPhone’s Contacts app open.
- Select a contact by tapping on it, and then select Edit from the menu.
- Select “Link Contacts” by tapping it.
- After choosing the other contact entry to link to, tap the Link option.
When you link contacts with various first or last names, the names on the separate cards stay the same, but only one name displays on the unified card. The contact’s name can be tapped when you tap on one of the related cards. After that, you may choose which name will appear on the unified card by clicking the “This Name for Unified Card” option.
When contacts are linked, they are not combined. The revised information is already available in all source accounts when changes are made to a unified contact.