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How to delete all contacts in iPhone 3G?
How to delete all contacts in iPhone 3G? Is the only way to do it is to delete contacts individually?
How to delete all contacts in iPhone 3G? Is the only way to do it is to delete contacts individually?

How to delete all contacts in iPhone 3G?

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On your iPhone go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Select your MobileMe account.

Turn Contacts off for over the air syncing. This will erase all contacts from your iPhone.

Wait a minute or two followed by turning Contacts back on.

 

Worked for me

 

-Gabe

On your iPhone go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Select your MobileMe account.

Turn Contacts off for over the air syncing. This will erase all contacts from your iPhone.

Wait a minute or two followed by turning Contacts back on.

 

Worked for me

 

-Gabe

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Hi, I am trying to delete all of my iPhone contacts, but I have not synced them to Exchange or the iCloud. Is there another way to delete them. I tried doing that on my iphone but it allows me to delete one-by-one I have 340! Thanks for your kind attention. :smileyhappy:

Hi, I am trying to delete all of my iPhone contacts, but I have not synced them to Exchange or the iCloud. Is there another way to delete them. I tried doing that on my iphone but it allows me to delete one-by-one I have 340! Thanks for your kind attention. :smileyhappy:

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Flankey wrote:

Hi, I am trying to delete all of my iPhone contacts, but I have not synced them to Exchange or the iCloud. Is there another way to delete them. I tried doing that on my iphone but it allows me to delete one-by-one I have 340! Thanks for your kind attention. :smileyhappy:


If you want to get rid of everything just do a factory reset


Flankey wrote:

Hi, I am trying to delete all of my iPhone contacts, but I have not synced them to Exchange or the iCloud. Is there another way to delete them. I tried doing that on my iphone but it allows me to delete one-by-one I have 340! Thanks for your kind attention. :smileyhappy:


If you want to get rid of everything just do a factory reset

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Flankey wrote:

Hi, I am trying to delete all of my iPhone contacts, but I have not synced them to Exchange or the iCloud. Is there another way to delete them. I tried doing that on my iphone but it allows me to delete one-by-one I have 340! Thanks for your kind attention. :smileyhappy:


If you want to get rid of everything just do a factory reset


Home>Settings>general>reset>erase all content and settings. This will take it back to the out of the box settings. 


wingrider01 wrote:

Flankey wrote:

Hi, I am trying to delete all of my iPhone contacts, but I have not synced them to Exchange or the iCloud. Is there another way to delete them. I tried doing that on my iphone but it allows me to delete one-by-one I have 340! Thanks for your kind attention. :smileyhappy:


If you want to get rid of everything just do a factory reset


Home>Settings>general>reset>erase all content and settings. This will take it back to the out of the box settings. 

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Flankey wrote:

Hi, I am trying to delete all of my iPhone contacts, but I have not synced them to Exchange or the iCloud. Is there another way to delete them. I tried doing that on my iphone but it allows me to delete one-by-one I have 340! Thanks for your kind attention. :smileyhappy:


Even if you've never synced to another device, you should still see an account that your contacts are under in Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Select that account and turn Contacts off and as a previous post suggested, wait a couple minutes before turning Contacts back on. Since your contacts are only stored on the iphone, I'm not sure if turning contacts off/on will get rid of them. If not, the only way to delete all the contacts may to delete the account which will also get rid of any email, calendar entries, reminders or notes associated with that account. Once you delete the account, you can then re-create it but again, you may not be able to get other items back.

 


Flankey wrote:

Hi, I am trying to delete all of my iPhone contacts, but I have not synced them to Exchange or the iCloud. Is there another way to delete them. I tried doing that on my iphone but it allows me to delete one-by-one I have 340! Thanks for your kind attention. :smileyhappy:


Even if you've never synced to another device, you should still see an account that your contacts are under in Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Select that account and turn Contacts off and as a previous post suggested, wait a couple minutes before turning Contacts back on. Since your contacts are only stored on the iphone, I'm not sure if turning contacts off/on will get rid of them. If not, the only way to delete all the contacts may to delete the account which will also get rid of any email, calendar entries, reminders or notes associated with that account. Once you delete the account, you can then re-create it but again, you may not be able to get other items back.

 

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Oct 16, 2012 3:21:14 AM
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Either reset your device as advised by other users, or - if you do not wish to reset all iPhone settings - use third party tool to delete the contacts. Here is more about how to delete all iphone contacts one by one or all at once.

Either reset your device as advised by other users, or - if you do not wish to reset all iPhone settings - use third party tool to delete the contacts. Here is more about how to delete all iphone contacts one by one or all at once.

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Hello, thank you all for your reply. I found kPaks answer useful. I have deleted my iphone contacts without resetting my iphone settings or deleting any additinoal data from my phone :smileyhappy:

Hello, thank you all for your reply. I found kPaks answer useful. I have deleted my iphone contacts without resetting my iphone settings or deleting any additinoal data from my phone :smileyhappy:

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Edited by carterlinba on Jan 17, 2013 at 1:56:27 AM

kPaks wrote:

Either reset your device as advised by other users, or - if you do not wish to reset all iPhone settings - use third party tool to delete the contacts. Here is more about how to delete all iphone contacts one by one or all at once.


If you are syncing through mobile me and you want to remove all the contacts from the iphone, here are a couple of steps that might help out.

Go to settings > mail, contacts, calendars > mobile me account.
In here you can turn contact syncing off.
If this is on and you turn it off, it will remove all contacts from the iphone.
If this is off and you turn it on, it will remove any contacts from the iphone and sync what is out on your mobile me account.

Hope this helps.


kPaks wrote:

Either reset your device as advised by other users, or - if you do not wish to reset all iPhone settings - use third party tool to delete the contacts. Here is more about how to delete all iphone contacts one by one or all at once.


If you are syncing through mobile me and you want to remove all the contacts from the iphone, here are a couple of steps that might help out.

Go to settings > mail, contacts, calendars > mobile me account.
In here you can turn contact syncing off.
If this is on and you turn it off, it will remove all contacts from the iphone.
If this is off and you turn it on, it will remove any contacts from the iphone and sync what is out on your mobile me account.

Hope this helps.

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Hi I managed to delete all my contacts form my old 3GS using kPaks' advice. However, I still have my iPhone contacts in my iCloud account. How can I delete all contacts from my iCloud at once too?
Hi I managed to delete all my contacts form my old 3GS using kPaks' advice. However, I still have my iPhone contacts in my iCloud account. How can I delete all contacts from my iCloud at once too?

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Just log in to your iCloud account via your computer - (i.e. via your web-browser). Next click on "Contacts". Select all your iCloud contacts by clicking CTRL + A, right-click the selection and select "Delete".

Just log in to your iCloud account via your computer - (i.e. via your web-browser). Next click on "Contacts". Select all your iCloud contacts by clicking CTRL + A, right-click the selection and select "Delete".

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Thanks, sorry for the late reply. all set now.

I deleted my iphone contacts and removed them from my icloud account too as they kept popping up on my new iphone where I use the same icloud account.

Anyways - all has been resolved since some time now.
Thanks, sorry for the late reply. all set now.

I deleted my iphone contacts and removed them from my icloud account too as they kept popping up on my new iphone where I use the same icloud account.

Anyways - all has been resolved since some time now.

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Does the method suggested by kPaks work for iOS 7?

Does the method suggested by kPaks work for iOS 7?

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Yep, it does. :smileywink:

Yep, it does. :smileywink:

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