How to delete multiple or all contacts from iPhone?

Got a very long contacts list want to remove from your iPhone? To delete one contact at a time is apparently infeasible. There has to be some way we can bulk delete multiple contacts on iPhone or even delete all contacts at once on iPhone. In this guide, we will show you how to directly and quickly delete multiple contacts from iPhone, delete all contacts from iPhone iPad at once without computer or sync.


Part 1. How to batch delete multiple contacts from iPhone?

You can batch delete multiple contacts at the same time in the Contacts app. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone. Use two fingers to swipe up or down to select two or more adjacent name cards in the list. If you need to select and delete several inconsecutive name cards, just tap with two fingers to select all of them one by one.

Once you have selected all name cards you like to get rid of, use just one finger to long press on one of them, a contextual menu pops up, you will have the option to remove all selected contacts in batch. You can select as many contacts as you like, then hit the Delete Contacts button to remove all selected contacts from iPhone. This is the easiest way to delete multiple contacts on iPhone.

batch delete multiple name cards contacts on iphone

Part 2. How to delete all contacts from iPhone at once?

Want to quickly delete all contacts on iPhone? If you are searching for a free app to quickly remove all contacts from iPhone or iPad in just one go, we suggest you the MCbackup app. It comes with both free and pro versions. To batch delete contacts on iPhone, you can just use its free version.

Run MCbackup on iPhone, you will see a big button to backup contacts on iPhone.

free iphone contacts backup app mcbackup

You can firstly hit the Backup button to send a copy of all your contacts to your own email account so you can easily transfer or restore the contacts to any other devices you like or even import them back to iPhone.

Tap on Settings icon at the bottom right corner. Scroll down to the screen bottom, you should find the ‘Remove All Contacts‘ button with red background. Tap it, you will see a confirmation dialogue which reads, ‘All of the contact in your Address Book will be deleted. Are you sure?‘ If you are ready to remove all iPhone contacts, touch the OK button, then all contacts on iPhone will be deleted instantly.

remove all contacts from iphone at once using mcbackup app

Part 3. Delete multiple or all contacts from iCloud

On, log on with your Apple ID and password. Select Contacts. Open the All Contacts group from the left pane. Then click Settings (gear icon at the bottom left corner) > Select All, then click Settings > Delete. Confirm that you want to delete all the selected contacts by clicking the Delete button in the pop-up confirmation box.

Delete multiple or all contacts from iCloud
select & delete multiple or all contacts from iCloud

If you have Contacts turned on in iCloud settings on iPhone, those contacts you deleted from will also be deleted from all your connected devices, iPhone and/or iPad.

19 thoughts on “How to delete multiple or all contacts from iPhone?”

    1. this should not delete your contacts from the laptop. anyway, you can back up the contacts on your laptop first.

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