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How to delete contacts on your iPad, or easily delete multiple contacts at once using iCloud

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  • You can delete contacts on your iPad to make engaging with the device more efficient.
  • You can delete individual contacts right on your iPad with just a few quick taps, but it’s a slow process if you have many contacts you want to delete.
  • Using a Mac computer synced to your iPad through an iCloud account, you can make deleting multiple contacts much faster.
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Chances are that you use only a small percentage of all the contacts you have on your iPad.

Over the years, those contacts can add up as you add in a coworker who has since changed jobs, or your sibling’s old phone number that has since been replaced.

Luckily, contacts are easy to remove from an iPad in a few different ways. 

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How to delete individual contacts on your iPad

Deleting a contact on your iPad is quick and easy.

1. Open your Contacts app.

2. Scroll to the contact you want to remove and tap it.

3. Now tap “Edit” at the top right corner of the contact page, then scroll to the bottom of the next page and tap “Delete Contact.”

4. Confirm your choice in the pop-up window.

How to delete multiple contacts on your iPad using iCloud and a Mac computer

If you have multiple iPad contacts you want to delete, the above, straightforward process can be quite time consuming, so it may be a better idea to put to work a Mac computer that shares an iCloud account with your iPad. 

1. On your Mac, launch the System Preferences window from the Apple logo at the top left of the screen.

2. Choose iCloud.

icloud system preferences

3. Enter your Apple ID and password if prompted, and click Contacts on the next window to merge your iPad and Mac’s contacts.

4. Now open the Application window and click on Contacts.

contacts app

5. While holding down the Command key, scroll through your contacts and click on each contact you wish to delete.

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6. Hit the Delete key on your keyboard.

7. Confirm your choice to delete the batch of contacts.

The contacts deleted via iCloud on your Mac will be removed from all other devices connected to iCloud, including your iPad in this case. 

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