What is the best way to merge and remove duplicate contacts in macOS and iCloud?

how to merge or remove duplicate contacts

Have you created duplicate contact cards in your Mac over the years when maintain and migrating your contact list on your device. Also thus duplicity is seen when you  set up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time.  Unless you intentionally keep certain information for the same contact separated out for whatever reason, duplicate cards will add nothing but frustration to your day, so here find the best way as how to merge or remove them easily.

Before you begin as with any computer procedure that involves deleting data, make sure you have a backup of your system

Then launch the Contacts app on your Mac found in Applications/Contacts.

Remove duplicate contacts in Mac

In the Groups pane on the left, make sure All Contacts is selected at the top of the list. If the Groups view is hidden, select the menu bar option View -> Show Groups to reveal it.

From the menu bar, select Card -> Look for Duplicates.

Contacts in Mac

A dropdown dialog will appear telling you how many duplicate cards were found that either have the same name but contain different information, or have both the same name and the same information. To merge the duplicate cards and information, click the Merge button.

Remove Duplicate iCloud Contacts on PC and Mac

If you don’t have access to your Mac you can remotely delete duplicate entries in your Contacts list in the following way. As there’s no way to select multiple contacts on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11, so this manual method is the best workaround, although bear in mind it only applies to contacts synced to iCloud.

First launch a web browser on your device or computer.

Navigate to icloud.com.

Sign in using your iCloud credentials.

Click Contacts.

Contacts in Mac

Select All Contacts in the upper left corner of the screen.

Hold down the Command (⌘) key and manually click the duplicate cards you want to delete.

Duplicate contacts in Mac

Click the cog icon in the lower left corner and select Delete from the popup menu.

Confirm you want to remove the selected contacts by clicking the Delete option in the dialog pane.

Now all done you have save space as well as duplicity of your contacts.

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