Notebook on iPhone and the iPad has always been quite advanced. In particular, a large amount of different information could be added to one entry, ranging from phone numbers to various notes. That is, all entries associated with a particular contact could be kept directly in the phone book. But no matter how many lines it supports, no matter what data it saves, it always had one huge minus.
Contacts on iPhone and iPad have never been able to delete multiple entries at once. Until this year, the removal procedure was generally strange. It was necessary to go into contact and through the edit button to delete it. Now this process has been simplified and the ability has been added deleting multiple entries. We understand how it works and what other ways to clearing the contact list can be used.
How to delete multiple contacts on iPhone
I wouldn’t say that I missed the opportunity terribly delete multiple contacts from a notebook. Once I was faced with the need to clear the phone book, and then such an opportunity to do it directly from the device would be very useful. Otherwise, most often we delete one record at a time. There are, of course, moments when it is necessary to do this en masse, but they are not so frequent. Nevertheless, it’s good that in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 such an opportunity appeared.
But something went wrong at Apple this year and not everyone can guess how it works. And it’s not enough to think about it. I managed to perform all the actions as it should, so that the selection does not disappear only the second time. To delete multiple contacts from iphone or iPad, you need to do the following:
- Make sure your iPhone updated to iOS 16and iPad — up to iPadOS 16.
- Go to the Contacts app.
- Find the contact you want to delete.
- Touch it with two fingers and, without removing them, swipe up one contact and return back to the original. The required entry will be highlighted in grey.
- Select all entries in the list using this movement.
- If the contacts are located side by side, you can select several contacts at a time.
- Hold your finger on any of the selected contacts until the context menu appears.
- Click on the “Delete H contacts” button.
After that, all selected contacts will be deleted. Not to say that the way to highlight records is very logical. Somehow, it doesn’t look like Cupertino really wanted anyone to know about this method of working with the application. It would be much more logical to give the opportunity to tick unnecessary entries and safely delete them. Most likely, this was done for security, so that you do not accidentally delete the contacts you really need.
How to delete contacts from iCloud
When I had to clean my phone book, it was rather dreary to do it directly from the device. Therefore, I used the second method, which I like the most – using web version of iCloud. Here the main criterion is that your contacts must be synchronized with cloud from Apple. Otherwise, our trick will fail. To delete multiple contacts via iClouddo the following:
- From your computer, go to iCloud web version.
- In the upper right corner, click on the rectangle of twelve small squares to access all applications.
- Select “Contacts”.
- Holding down a key Ctrl на Windows or Cmd на Macselect all the contacts you don’t need.
- Click on the gear in the lower left corner and select “Delete”.
All selected contacts will immediately disappear from the general list. For sync smartphone with iCloud just go to the respective app and drag the list down to update.
How to quickly delete contacts on iPhone
But it may turn out that there is no computer at hand, and you need to delete several entries right now. Then you can come to the rescue Groups app. It has an outdated and somewhat sparse interface, but it does its job very well. Delete multiple contacts via Groups can be done as follows:
- Download Groups app from the App Store.
- Once launched, allow it access to contacts.
- Open the “Groups” tab and go to the “All Contacts” folder.
- Tick the contacts you want to delete and click “Choose an action” at the top of the page.
- Click “Delete Contacts”.
All selected contacts will be deleted immediately. Giving third-party applications access to your contact list is not the safest thing to do. Therefore, if you doubt the cleanliness of the developers of third-party solutions, then it is better to use the options provided by Apple itself. In any case, I’m glad that really useful features are slowly appearing in iOS. It remains only to make sure that you do not have to guess how they are launched. And if you already guessed it, then I would like the gestures to be extremely obvious and performed the first time.
Source: AppleInsider.ru — крупнейший сайт о iPhone, iPad, Mac в России by appleinsider.ru.
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