Removing duplicate Contacts on iCloud?
Okay, I have iOS 5 running on my iPad 2 and iPhone 4. I logged into iCloud with my iTunes Apple ID. I also have a MobileMe account which had all of my Contacts. After restoring from a backup, my Contacts were just fine. In settings, they were synced using MobileMe and turned off in iCloud.
I followed the directions in the leaked PDF explaining how to copy your MobileMe data to iCloud, and it seemed to work just fine. However, somehow, I now have duplicates of ALL of my contacts on iCloud. They are still fine if I just sync them with MobileMe and turn iCloud off. But if I turn MobileMe off and iCloud on, then I get duplicates.
How the heck do you remove the Contact data from iCloud? I just want to start over and remove all of the contacts from iCloud. The only way I see to remove Contacts from iCloud is to leave it synced and manually delete individual contacts. There is no group delete or entire delete from what I can see. Having over 100 contacts, it's just not plausible to delete the individual duplicates, so now I appear to be stuck.
So now I have to turn iCloud Contacts off and MobileMe contacts back on so that I don't have duplicates. At least until I find a way to remove data from iCloud???
EDIT: This could be a big problem, because with iCloud, how do you specify a "master" data source if something gets corrupted? For example, with MobileMe contact syncing, I could force my Mac's Address Book to overwrite the MobileMe data. But with iCloud, there doesn't appear to be a way to force a source of data, so if something gets corrupted (or duplicated in my case), how do you fix it? There isn't a web interface, so that's out.
Last edited by Travisimo; 06-15-2011 at 08:09 PM.
Well I fixed the problem by purchasing an app from the App Store that allowed me to delete a large group of contacts at once. This was much quicker than having to manually delete them one by one! Then I was able to sync them from MobileMe back to icloud again and have no duplicates now. However, I think I'm going to turn off Cobtacts and Calendar on iCloud until Lion comes out. Then I think it will be more straightforward because I Should be able to use Address Book and iCal to make changes to iCloud, right?
- 06-17-2011, 03:05 PM #3iPhone Newbie
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Yes, however you should still be able to do that now. I'm just not sure how reliable it is right now. I've had some goofy things happen with mine already where I have all contacts disappear and then reappear 20 minutes later.
Just chalking it up to them working out the kinks right now and hope it gets better upon official release.
- 09-06-2011, 11:17 PM #5
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- 10-13-2011, 09:56 PM #7iMore Newbie
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Had the same problem, before we had a family mobile me, switched it over to iCloud and ended up with my wires 200 contacts as well as my 70 on three iPhones. Really pissed me off, so what i did was restore all the phones back to yesterday (since they backed up from when we updated them) and then create two more iCloud accounts with the other me.com ones we had. used the main account (mine) on all three phones but turned off everything but the calendar because thats the only thing we care to really share amongst the family. I swear my wife is OCD, we live by the calendar on our MacBooks and iPhones! Anyways, then used the other addresses to set-up iMessage so we quit sending ourselves messages and couldn't tell what was for who. Anyways thats really crappy and its wasting Apples storage space in my opinion. Why have three iClouds when we could have one family one? I don't get it, i think its a major flaw, besides that I would love if i could choose to NOT have photos pushed to all my devices. Its stupid. Put them in the cloud, great idea, put them everywhere, stupid. Same as the whole contact problems i am having also.Space Grey 64gb iPhone 5s
Ipad Air White 32gb Wifi+LTE
Macbook pro 15" (2010)
Also in our house:
White 32gb iPhone 5
White 16gb iPhone 4s
iPad Mini 32gb Wifi+LTE
iPad Mini 16gb Wifi
Macbook Pro 13"
- 10-14-2011, 02:56 PM #8
- 10-17-2011, 04:51 PM #9
For people without MobileMe
Go to System Pref on your Mac
Untick Address Book, selected Delete from Mac
Then tick Address Book again, then select Merge
Duplicates will be removed and if you are using Birthdays in your Calendar, you'll notice that the Birthday events are back to single entries as well.
I before had this solution:
go in Addressbook to Edit: Distribution List, and unchecked iCloud.
also unchecking in preferences of address and iCal the account. but will it actualize stil¨?
- 12-19-2011, 03:39 AM #10
Is the App PhoneBook CleanMaster?
- 12-19-2011, 03:41 AM #11
Try PhoneBook CleanMaster
I looked for some Apps which helps with cleaning up the duplication problem, found that PhoneBook CleanMaster works the best, it gives you the option for reviewing the detailed information before deleting or merging. Other App all seems to work but a little clumsy. But no free app, all cost money. Does anyone find anything free which does the job?
- 12-19-2011, 06:54 AM #12
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Address book has a view duplicates feature, as far as I can remember. That would work.
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- 12-20-2011, 12:14 AM #13
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- 12-26-2011, 08:55 PM #16iPhone Newbie
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If you have a file (csv) backup of your contacts that you have previousy exported, In iCloud.com go to your adress book. Click on one and press command+a or control+a. This should select all, and hit delete (on Mac it would only delete if I pressed command+delete). Then I added it and it began to sync properly through iCloud.