Had some issues syncing a colleagues contacts. Basically, his synched with every address book it could find and now he has hundreds of contacts on his iPhone that he doesn’t need.ï¿½ï¿½ Our first question was, can we delete our contacts on the iPhone itself and the second question was could we mass delete contacts on the iPhone.ï¿½ The reason why we ask this is that he didn’t have his computer close to him so he couldn’t delete using iTunes.ï¿½
The answer to the first question is yes.ï¿½ It isn’t very obvious but you need to go to your contacts, select the contact you want to delete.ï¿½ In the upper right hand corner, there is an “edit” button.ï¿½ Once you do that scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Delete Contact” button.ï¿½ Seems pretty obvious now but wasn’t when your first trying.
The answer to the second question is probably not.ï¿½ Searched the Internet and tried different ways to delete in mass and failed.ï¿½ If you know of any way to mass delete contacts, please leave a comment.ï¿½ It would be greatly appreciated.
Update(7.11.08): After installing the new 2.0 software on my iPhone, it doesn’t look like there is a clear way of mass deleteing contacts throught the iPhone interface.ï¿½ I heard rumors that there would be but it looks like that’s all it turned out to be, rumors.ï¿½ Right now , it seems like you would have to delete them all on the exchange server through OWA or Outlook and the sync.ï¿½ Any ideas?
Update(7.13.08): Looked over the revised iPhone manual and there is no reference to mass deleting contacts from within the iPhone.ï¿½ Looks like we are SOL.ï¿½ Maybe the next software release?
Update (11.25.08): Apple released version 2.2 for the iPhone and unfortunately, it has no remedy for the mass deletion of contacts on the iPhone.ï¿½ Here’s to hoping for the next release.