Tutorial: How to Link Contacts on iPhone Easily

This tutorial mainly introduces how to link contacts on iPhone. If you have multiple duplicate contacts on your iPhone, follow the steps in this tutorial to manage your contacts and make them look clearer.


By Ellie / Updated on July 9, 2024

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What can I do to duplicate contacts on my iPhone?


On my iPhone, I have multiple duplicate contacts. I’m not sure where they come from, but they drive me insane. Is there anything I can do to make them appear as a single unified contact? Thanks.”


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In your contact list, you may notice a number of similar contacts, some of which have incomplete information. These contacts could have been imported from Facebook, WhatsApp, iCloud, or other devices. When you have contacts from multiple sources, you might have multiple entries for the same person in Contacts.

Some users become irritated when they see the same contact multiple times. But don’t worry, there is how to link multiple contacts on iPhone and keep redundant contacts from appearing in your All Contacts list.

How to Link Contacts on iPhone

Actually, you can link contact cards for the same person in different accounts so they appear only once in your list in the Contacts app. In this section, we’ll show you how to link contacts on your iPhone. Follow the steps to make the contacts from different sources with the same name displayed as a single unified contact.

Step 1. Open the Phone app and tap on Contacts.

iPhone Contacts

Step 2. Tap on a duplicate contact that you want to link.

Duplicate Contacts

Step 3. Tap Edit from the upper right-hand corner.

Edit Contacts

Step 4. Scroll down and find link contacts....

Link Contacts

Step 5. Choose the other contact you want to merge and tap on Link.

Choose Linked Contacts

Step 6. Then you can see the linked contacts here. After this, you can see the information of the two “Danny Campbell” has been merged as one contact.

Linked Contacts

Safely backup contacts to PC via the free iOS backup tool FoneTool

Contacts information is important to us. It’s how we keep connections with our families, friends, clients, etc. So before learning how to link duplicate contacts on iPhone, it would be better to backup our contacts first in case there are some unexpected accidents causing contacts loss. Especially iPhone 14 recently removed the SIM card slot and maybe you are transferring contacts from SIM to eSIM. Something may go wrong.

Here we would like to introduce the free iOS backup tool FoneTool to you. It makes backing up your iPhone data to a computer simple. Check out its advantages.

  • Free software. You could extract an unlimited number of iPhone contacts for free.
  • Selectively backup. You preview iPhone contacts on your computer first and select needed iPhone contacts to transfer.
  • Free of data loss. When you restore contacts from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, it will not erase any data existing messages on the target device.
  • Wide compatibility. It supports most models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to iPhone 15 and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS  .

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your Windows PC. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and then launch FoneTool.

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Step 2. Click Phone Backup > Locate Selective Backup and click Get Started.

Custom Backup

Step 3. Tick Contacts only.

Choose Contacts

Step 4. Preview and select the contacts you want to backup > Click OK to confirm.

Preview and Select Contacts

Step 5. Choose the storage space > Click Start Backup to start.

Start Backup Contacts

Bonus tip: How to transfer Contacts between iOS devices

In addition to backing up contacts to your computer, you are also allowed to transfer your contacts from iPhone to iPhone directly using FoneTool app on your iPhone. If you need to transfer your contacts from your old iPhone to a new one or share contact with your friend, you can scan the QR code to install this app on both iPhones. Then follow the steps below.

MBackupper QR Code

Step 1. Run MBackupper app on both iPhones. Choose the Connect Device, and from an iPhone, tap the other one to build a connection.

Connect iPhone

Step 2. Then select the contacts you need. Tap Send to share contacts to the targeted iPhone. Then your contacts will be saved on the Contacts app of the device you send to.

Send Contacts

Note: If you need to transfer all your data, not only contacts from one iOS device to another, you can also use the iPhone to iPhone Transfer feature on your computer to achieve a one-click transfer.

iPhone to iPhone Standard


This post mainly introduces how to link contacts on iPhone to make your contacts list look neater. But before you do this, you’d better backup your iPhone contacts on your computer via FoneTool to protect your data.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.