Changing smartphones can always be a bit tricky when it comes to how your contact list will eventually look like. If you’re the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S8 or a Galaxy S8+ Plus and you have recently added a SIM card with contacts stored on it to your smartphone, there’s a good chance you will be looking at duplicate contacts in your agenda.
As you probably know, there are already all kinds of apps that you can use to automatically clean your agenda. But that costs money and why pay for it and add bloatware to your phone when you can actually delete similar contacts on your own? If you don’t know how, we’re going to show you the detailed steps right in this article. You’ll see, it’s simple, anyone can do it.
Why am I seeing similar contacts in my agenda?
This problem usually manifests by having the same name written multiple times and for each name you could have different contact details. In one place, you can have the phone numbers, in another place, you can have the WhatsApp contact details and in another place, you can have that person’s email accounts. This happens because you have connected multiple email accounts. All the contacts associated with those accounts were stored on your phone and now you’re getting a bunch of mixed data.
How can I fix the similar contacts issue on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus?
At this point, you may be worried that you will have to manually go through each contact and delete the unnecessary information, to only keep the one with the phone number in it. Yet the trick here is to actually merge all those similar contacts, to bring all the information in one place, and keep that contact with all its personal or business details under one name.
Depending on how much information you have stored and how tangled it looks, you could:
- Go to your Gmail account, on a computer, and edit all your contacts from there, on a more visually-friendly environment;
- Go on with the editing right on your Samsung Galaxy device.
To find, merge or delete contacts right on your phone, follow these steps:
- Launch the Contacts app;
- Browse your contacts to find the similar ones that you want to merge or to link together;
- Select the first contact from that list of similar contacts;
- Look around for an option labeled as “Connected via”;
- Tap on the link icon available on the right side;
- Tap on the option labeled as “Link another contact”;
- Select all the contacts you want to link with this initially selected contact;
- Tap back and all those selected contacts with their details should now be reunited under a single name, a single entry in your Contacts list.
The Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus built-in tool for cleaning up contacts
Another reason why we suggested you not to pay for a third-party app is that your smartphone already has a built-in app supposed to do this job for you.
Assuming that you don’t want to manually go through your agenda and decide what contacts to group or link together, you can use this feature labeled as Link Contacts. What it does is to identify similar contacts, merge them, and clean up your list automatically.
How to enable Link Contacts:
- Turn on the smartphone;
- Launch the Contacts app;
- Look for the three dots icon at the upper right corner of the screen;
- Tap on that menu;
- Tap on Link Contacts;
- In the newly opened window, you will be asked to select classification criteria, so it will know how to sort apps by:
- Phone number
- Email address
- Tap on Done;
- Wait a few seconds for it to scan and remove all duplicate contents.
Leaving these menus and going back to your Contacts app, the list should be clean just like you wanted it to be.