Even though adding and removing contacts on your smartphone is fairly easy, managing them can be quite a task. If you’ve been using your phone for a long time, it may have some contacts that are no longer available and some that you never even used once. Once you get down to managing your contact list, removing contacts manually can turn out to be a cumbersome task. In this article, we show you how to delete contacts in bulk from an Android smartphone.
How to delete contacts one at a time on an Android smartphone
Step 1: Go to Contacts and select the contact you want to remove. On some smartphones, you will need to press the ‘i’ icon to access the full details of the contact.
Step 2: Tap on ‘More’ and select ‘Delete’.
The contact will be deleted from your Android smartphone
Delete multiple contacts at once on an Android Smartphone
Step 1: Go to contacts and long press the contact you want to remove. A small tick will appear on the contact icon and you will be able to select multiple contacts.
Step 2: Select the contacts you want to remove by pressing on them.
Step 3: In order to select all contacts tap the ‘All’ option at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Select ‘Delete’ from the bottom menu.
The contacts you selected will be deleted from your Android smartphone.
Bulk delete contacts from your Android smartphone
Most Android phones only allow you to remove singular or multiple contacts at once. While this is useful in most scenarios, it can turn into a long process when you’ve got hundreds of contacts to sort through. In order to bulk delete hundreds of contacts at once, you will need to use a third-party app like Easy Contacts Cleaner.
Step 1: Download and install the Easy Contacts Cleaner app from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Give the app permission to access your contacts.
Step 3: Now you can sort through duplicate contacts, contacts with no name or phone, and unused contacts and easily delete them.
Step 4: To delete unused contacts simply click on the category and tap the ellipses to select all contacts. Then press delete. All your unused contacts will be deleted.
Step 5: You can also delete accounts based on the storage location and the apps they belong to. Simply click on ‘Accounts’ and delete the contacts you want.
Conclusion and final words
This is how you can delete contacts in bulk on your Android smartphone. If you want to merge or remove duplicate contacts from your device, read our instructional guide here. Before removing contacts, it is a good idea to back them up to your Google Account. Deleted contacts can be easily restored once you’ve created a backup.