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How to Delete Single/Multiple Contacts on iPad

Sofia Albert updated on Sep 18, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

I haven't been able to find a way to delete more than one contact at a time. Removing them one by one can be time-consuming because I have a lot of unwanted contacts to get rid of. Can someone tell me how to bulk-delete contacts on the iPad?

- Question from Apple Community

Have you ever met the same situation as we mentioned above? Deleting one or two contacts is easy. However, deleting multiple or all contacts on the iPad at once can be tricky since Apple doesn't offer its users options to remove bulk contacts. Luckily, this guide provides a few solutions to get the work done. Besides, we also collect some useful methods to help users who want to remove contacts from iCloud or clean up duplicate contacts on the iPad at once.

PAGE CONTENT:
Part 1. Quick Way to Remove Individual/Multiple Contacts on iPad at Once
Part 2. Delete Multiple/All Contacts from iCloud
Part 3. Erase Multiple Recent Mail Contacts from iPad
Part 4. Cleanup Duplicate Contacts on iPad at Once
Bonus Tip: Fixes to "Can't Delete Contacts Delete from iPad" Issue

Part 1. Quick Way to Remove Individual/Multiple Contacts on iPad at Once

Deleting just one or two contacts on the iPad is easy, but trying to delete bulk contacts at the same time is a tough task. But that doesn't mean impossible. There are a couple of ways to do it. 

Delete Single Contact on iPad

Step 1. Open your Contacts app on the iPad.

Step 2. Find the contact you want to remove and tap it.

Step 3. Tap “Edit” at the top right corner of the screen, then scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap “Delete Contact.”

Step 4. Confirm your choice.

Delete Single Contact on iPad

Notice:
It's worth noting that you can't completely remove contacts from the iPad with the above methods, which probably lead to privacy leaks. If you want to delete contacts from the iPad permanently without privacy leaks, the following method is yours.
 

Delete Multiple Contacts on iPad without Privacy Leak

As we all know, the iPad has no built-in feature to delete multiple contacts at once. For this purpose, you'll need to use EaseUS MobiMover, which is a professional iOS data management tool that enables you to clear away the bulk contacts with ease. Besides, with MobiMover, you can share data between different iOS devices, transfer files from PC to iOS device, or even download videos from any site using URL for free.

Now download this all-in-one software to delete all of your iPad contacts in just a few easy steps.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer, either Mac or PC, with a USB cable. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and click "Content Management > Contacts".

delete contacts on iPhone - Step 1

Step 2. Click "Select All" to select all the contacts on your iPhone or tick the checkbox next to the items you want to remove to choose specific items, then click "Delete" to delete the selected contacts from your iPhone. (Before you remove these files from your device, you are recommended to make a backup of them by clicking "Transfer to PC".)

delete contacts on iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. After clicking the delete button, you will see a new window asking you whether to delete the selected items. Click "Yes" in the window to confirm your deletion.

delete contacts on iPhone - Step 3

Part 2. Delete Multiple/All Contacts from iCloud

Want to get rid of multiple or all contacts from iCloud but don't know how? Luckily, the following steps can help you for this purpose.

Delete All Contacts from iCloud at Once via iCloud Settings

Step 1. Open the Settings app on the iPad > Tap your iCloud name.

Step 2. Tap on iCloud.

Step 3. Find Contacts and turn it off.

Step 4. A window will pop up and enables you to choose "Keep on My iPad" or "Delete from My iPad", just tap the latter one.

Delete Multiple Contacts from iCloud via iCloud.com

Step ​1. Visit iCloud.com and sign-in with your Apple ID and passcode.

Step 2. Tap on the "Contacts" option when you log in.

Step 3. Delete single or multiple unwanted contacts by:

  • Remove a contact: Select the desired contact you want to remove and hit on the "Delete" key on your keyboard.
  • Delete multiple or all Contacts: Hold down the "Ctrl" key and click on the first unwanted contact > Select as many as you want to remove > Either click the "Delete" key on your keyboard or tap on the Settings icon located at the bottom left to remove them. Or you can click "Select All" to remove all contacts from iCloud.

Delete Multiple Contacts from iCloud

Part 3. Erase Multiple Recent Mail Contacts from iPad

Recently we received a message from the Apple community says: "I feel so upset that I can not stop my iPhone from syncing my recently used email contacts. Now, I desperately want to wipe all of those out at once. Is there any way to delete them? It is better if you can help me delete them at once since I have hundreds of them."

You can easily prevent contacts from syncing in iCloud by going to the Settings app on iPad > iCloud > Tap Contacts and toggle contacts off. However, if you want to wipe out multiple contacts from the mail, you have to delete them one by one manually. If you have a large number of contacts to remove but don't want to delete them one by one, we suggest you remove the iCloud account from the iPad.

To remove multiple old and recently contacts from the Mail app one by one, you can:

Step 1. Open your Mail app on the iPad.

Step 2. Tap on the write new email icon at the bottom right of your screen.

Step 3. Tying the contact's name you want to delete into the "To" field.

Step 4. Then all recent contacts will appear with a blue circle next to them, just tap the icon next to the old email address to remove it.

Step 5. Tap "Remove from Recent" to permanently delete this email address from your previous recipients.

Remove Multiple Old and Recent Contacts from the Mail App

Part 4. Cleanup Duplicate Contacts on iPad at Once

Some users have several duplicate contacts and want to delete them all at once. If you are facing the same problem, then you can use EaseUS MobiMover to make it in just 3 steps. You just need to download EaseUS MobiMover on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer, then follow the steps below to do it.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer (Mac or PC), launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to " Content Management" > "Contacts."

delete all contacts on iPhone/iPad - Step 1

Step 2. Then, you will see all of your iPhone contacts, which are arranged in alphabetical order. You can choose the duplicates by ticking the box next to the contact. Or you can also click the "Select All"  to delete all the contacts on your iPhone or iPad. After choosing, you can click "Delete" to delete duplicate or all contacts from your iPhone/iPad.

delete all contacts on iPhone/iPad - Step 2

Step 3. Then you will see a new window asking you whether to delete the selected items. Click "Yes" in the window to confirm your deletion.

delete all contacts on iPhone/iPad - Step 3

Bonus Tip: Fixes to "Can't Delete Contacts Delete from iPad" Issue

Many factors might result in "Contacts won't delete from iPad" Issue, such as iPad fails to update, Contacts app freezes or iPad stuck on Apple logo. Regardless of the reasons, you can simply fix this Issue by trying troubleshooting tips as below.

1. Restart your iPad.
2. Hard reset your iPad.
3. Force quit Contact App and re-lunch it by double-clicking on the Home button > Locate Contact app > Swipe up on it to quit > Click the Home button to return to Home Screen > Tap Contact to reopen it.
4. Update iOS by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Choose Download & Install.
5. Clear space on your iPad by going to Settings app > General > iPhone storage > Delete unwanted apps.
6. Contact Apple to help you out.

Conclusion

That's all methods we offer to delete contacts from the iPad. We hope it can help you. If you find this guide is helpful to you, just share it with your friends who stuck in a similar situation.