How to Delete Multiple/All Contacts on iPhone at Once

You may want to delete multiple contacts on your iPhone when there are lots of contacts that you no longer need storing in the Contacts app. It may not save much iPhone storage space, but it can maximize storage space utilization. However, mass deleting contacts on the iPhone is by no means easy since the iPhone Contacts app doesn’t provide the multi-delete choice, which means you have to remove your unwanted contacts one by one. Then is there any way to mass delete contacts on the iPhone? The answer is yes. In this article, we’ll show you some ways on how to delete multiple contacts on your iPhone at once.

Part 1: Back Up Your iPhone Contacts before Deleting

Well, it is not rare that some users change their mind and want to get back the deleted contacts after the deletion. There are also some users losing the contacts that are still useful due to accidental deletion or some wrong operations. So we recommend you to back up your iPhone contacts before you get started deleting old contacts.

The iCloud backup doesn’t include the contacts that have already been stored in iCloud. So if the iCloud Contacts is turned on in your iPhone’s Settings app, you’d better create an iPhone backup on the computer via iTunes or Finder. Here are the detailed steps.

There is no way to view and access the iTunes backup contents directly except restoring it to your iOS device. Or may can use a third-party iPhone Backup Extractor tool to view the data inside your iTunes backup. If necessary, you can use this tool to restore only contacts from iPhone backup without affecting other data on the device.

Download iTunes Backup Extractor Download iTunes Backup Extractor for mac

Part 2: 3 Ways to Delete Multiple/All Contacts on iPhone

1. How to Delete All Contacts on iPhone at Once via iCloud

Sometimes you need to delete all contacts on your iPhone at once. In this case, you can perform the deletion of your contacts in the iPhone’s Settings app easily with the iCloud method.

After that, all the contacts will be deleted on your iPhone. When you turn on the iCloud Contacts again on your iPhone, the contacts in the iCloud will download and merge in your iPhone Contacts app. This method is useful when you want to erase your whole contacts list from the iPhone before you transform the possession of the device.

2. How to Delete Multiple Contacts on iPhone on Mac

If you don’t intend to wipe all but some of the contacts on your iPhone, you can bulk delete these contacts using the Contacts app on your Mac thanks to the synchronizing function of iCloud. The prerequisite is that your iPhone and Mac should be signed in to the same iCloud account, and the iCloud Contacts is activated on both of these two devices. Now let’s see how to delete multiple contacts from iPhone on Mac.

3. How to Mass Delete Contacts on iPhone on PC

What if you have a Windows PC instead of a Mac device? Don’t worry. You can delete multiple iPhone contacts on on your PC. The contacts you delete on will be removed on each of your devices that has iCloud Contacts turned on. To mass delete iPhone contacts on PC, please follow the steps below.

Extra Tip: How to Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone without backup

As we mentioned in Part 1, some users may change their mind and want to get back the contacts that have been mass deleted on the iPhone. If you have made a backup before the deletion, you can recover the deleted contacts by restoring the backup to your iPhone or utilizing an iPhone backup extractor to extract the contacts you need from the backup. However, the chances are that you haven’t backed up your iPhone data, or your backup has been corrupted. In this case, as long as the deleted contacts have not been covered by the newly-generated data on your iPhone, it is possible to recover those contacts from iPhone directly with some third-party iPhone data recovery tools.

Jihosoft iPhone Data Recovery is typically recommended to you. It is a powerful and credible iOS data recovery software that helps to recover deleted or lost data like contacts, messages, call logs, photos, WhatsApp, and many more data from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch selectively whether you have a backup or not. Due to this function, this tool can also be used to transfer contacts, photos, videos, and many other data from the iPhone to computer or export and print contacts from iPhone. Follow the steps below to complete the contacts recovery task.

Download iPhone/iPad/iPod Data Recovery software for Windows Download iPhone Data Recovery software for Mac

Note: The deleted data that have been covered by the newly generated data on your iPhone is unrecoverable. So when you encounter any data loss, turn on the Airplane Mode, stop using the iPhone, and then use the iPhone data recovery tool to scan and recover the deleted data as soon as possible.

Final Words

These are the methods on how to delete multiple contacts on the iPhone. Each technique applies to different scenarios. If you want to delete all contacts on your iPhone but keep them in the iCloud and other devices, then you can choose the first way. For the users who have a Mac, they can mass delete the contacts through the Contacts app on Mac. And for the Windows PC users, they can bulk delete the iPhone contacts on We hope this article is helpful to you. If you have any queries or suggestions, please tell us in the comment sections below.

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