Remove/ Merge/ Delete Duplicate Contacts on Android and Gmail

Have multiple duplicate contacts in your address book? Confused which is the right one? You do not need a third party app to clean up the duplicated contacts. Your Android phone has pretty nice options that allow you to clean up your address book by instantly merging all overlapping contact details into one contact.

Many of us often flash a ROM, stock or custom, or wipe the phone’s data sometimes. As soon as you sign into your Google and other email accounts, your Android phone starts syncing the saved contacts into your phone, resulting in duplicate contacts. Some people import contacts from a pre-exported backup from SD Card and this sometimes also creates multiple entries for the same contacts.

In this tutorial, we shall look into the different possible solutions to remove or clean up the duplicate contacts from your Android phone. To learn how you can do it, check out the simple tutorial below. I have tested the methods on Galaxy S4 and S3, but it should also work on Android devices by other brands like HTC, LG, Sony and Motorola. Options names might be different but function should be there.

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Delete Duplicate Contacts on Android:


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sync phone contacts

If your phone’s Contacts app is showing the email contacts from Gmail or other contacts and you do not want you phone to show them, you can easily remove such contacts from the list. Open contacts options and select Settings, then check the “Only Contacts with Phones” and done!

Remove Duplicate Contacts from Gmail:

Log/sign in to your Gmail account, click on Gmail on the top left corner and select “Contacts”. Now you can see all the contacts synced from your phone, Gmail and Google+.


If the auto sync option is enabled on your phone, the duplicate contacts will be removed from your device too.

You must be knowing that you can create a manual backup of the contacts saved on your phone. In case you do not know how to do it, open the Contacts options and select “Import/Export” option and select “Export to SD card” on the next screen. The contacts are saved as one file with .vcf extension and might look like this 00001.vcf. By default, this file is saved to the root/main directory of the internal or external SD Card of your Android device. Connect your phone to the computer using a USB cable and copy the vcf file to the desktop.

Open your Gmail on the browser and go to Gmail> More> Import, click on “Choose File” and select the vcf  file, and your phones contacts will be merged with your Gmail contacts.

Export Gmail Contacts to Phone Manually:


In case you have an HTC device, you can manage your phone contacts pretty easily on the device itself. Jut open Contacts and tap on the 3 Dot menu button on the top-right corner of the screen. From the list of options, select “Manage Contacts”. On the next screen, you’ll have options like deleting and merging duplicate contacts.

Duplicate Contacts Remover Apps:

[appbox googleplay com.rm.duplicatefinder]

I hope this simple tutorial would have helped you in removing the duplicate contacts from your Android phone. The guide was based on the options available on Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 and they might differ from phone to phone. I do believe, however, that all the options mentioned above can be found on all non-Samsung Android phones, may be in different words. For more nice tutorial on Android, keep visiting and let us know if you liked it.

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