How to Merge Duplicate Contacts on Android


It’s always exciting to go from a smartphone to a brand new shiny smartphone. However, you cannot ignore the possibility of losing your valuable data and setting up a new phone. One of the major problems that users usually face while switching Android phones is duplication of contacts, which can happen due to several reasons. It could also be because you have contacts backup on Gmail as well as on the SIM card. Here are two ways how these contacts can be synced in such a way that there is no duplication.

How to Merge Duplicate Contacts on Android

Here are some steps on how you can merge duplicate contacts on your Android phone. Notably, these steps may vary slightly from brand to brand.

  1. Open Contacts app on Android phone and tap on Menu
  2. Go to Settings > Contact Manager > Merge Contacts
  3. You can choose to merge specific contacts by tapping on the “Merge” option
  4. You can also choose to merge identical duplicate contacts by selecting “Quick Merge”.

Notably, brands like OnePlus ask the user to merge their duplicate contacts when they open the Contacts app. They can choose to do it manually or merge them all at once.

How to Use Gmail to Delete Duplicate Contacts on Android

Sometimes when you have contacts backup on Gmail and on the phone, the contacts get duplicated as soon as they sync. Here’s how you can remove duplicate contacts completely.

  1. Open your Gmail account and go to the menu on the top left corner and select “Contacts” from the drop down list
  2. Then you will see all your contacts. Tap the “More” option at the top of the screen and select Find and Merge Duplicate Contacts
  3. You will see a list of duplicate contacts. You can simply uncheck the contacts you don’t want to merge
  4. Choose “Merge” and voila!

How to merge duplicate contacts on Android The post first appeared on BGR India.

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