[Complete Guide] How to Stop Sharing Contacts on iPhone

Why are my contacts syncing with another iPhone? How to stop sharing contacts between 2 iPhones? This guide will tell you everying you want to know.


By Lena / Updated on June 17, 2024

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How to Stop Sharing Contacts between iPhones

I’m using the same Apple ID with my Dad on my iPhone 14, iOS 17. Everything is fine except for receiving strange contacts on both of our iPhones. I want to have my only own contacts on my iPhone. What can I do to stop sharing my contact information on iPhone?

- Question from Apple Community

Contacts are important for making calls and sending emails. It’s good to see your contacts are safe and sound on your iPhone, but keeping receiving strange contacts or giving away your contacts is definitely not what you want.

iCloud offers an easy way for users to sync contacts. When you keep the same ID on 2 iPhones, the contacts could be merged. It's a good choice to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.

iPhone Contacts Icon

Contacts should be very private. There is nothing worse than sharing contact information with others. The following sections will give you a very thorough explanation and solution to let you know how to unlink contacts on iPhone.

Section 1. Why Contacts Are Shared and How to Stop It

Your contacts are showing up on another iPhone because iCloud Contacts are enabled on both iPhones. All of your contacts are uploaded to iCloud of the same account and then it will send and merge all the contacts to each iPhone to sync contacts.

► Will you lose contacts after stopping the sharing? The answer is No. Besides, you can choose to transfer contacts from one Apple ID to another.

How to Stop Sharing Contacts on iPhone

When you find you are sharing contacts with others, you can disable iCloud contacts and delete the strange contacts on iPhone.

1. Go to Settings on iPhone.

2. Tap [your name] and select iCloud.

3. Find Contacts and turn off it to stop sharing contacts between 2 iPhone.

4. You would receive the prompt What would you like to do with the previously synced iCloud contacts on your iPhone? Select Keep on my iPhone.

5. Open Contacts app on iPhone and delete the unwanted contacts.

Turn off iCloud Contacts

Clearing the others’ contacts on your iPhone is not enough. Removing your contacts on the other iPhone makes you really separate 2 iPhones. After you have stopped receiving contacts from another iPhone, your contacts are still on the other iPhone. This section will help you erase them on the other devices.

1. Open a browser and go to iCloud.com.

2. Sign in your Apple ID and select the feature of Contacts.

iCloud Site

3. Find your contacts and delete them from iCloud.

Now you can create a new Apple account for your own use. If you want to backup iPhone contacts, just turn on iCloud Sync to save contacts to your new account.

Tips: Before you sell or give away your iPhone, you need to wipe iPhone clean to prevent privacy leakage. If your ID is signed in on a strange iOS device, you could use find my iPhone to erase it.

Section 2. How to Unsync Google Contacts between 2 iPhones

Your contacts could be also uploaded to the server of Google. If you are sharing the same Google account with others and both of you are using Google Contacts, your contacts would also be merged on 2 iPhones.

1. Open Settings app on iPhone.

2. Scroll down the screen and select Accounts and Passwords.

3. Select Gmail and then turn off Contacts.

Gmail Contacts

Tips: To delete your contacts on the other devices, you could also go to contacts.google.com to pick up and delete them.

Section 3. How to Keep Contacts Separate on Two iPhones Perfectly

Having contacts stored in another place makes it always safe even if you unexpectedly lost them for some reason. Both iCloud and Google will automatically sync your contacts when the Internet is connected. It's a convenient iPhone contacts backup way. Now you have stopped sharing contacts on iPhone and you should use another solution to backup and sync iPhone contacts.

FoneTool is a perfect solution for iPhone backup and data transfer. It can help you save contacts to computer andtransfer contacts to another iPhone. With all the necessary contacts in backup, you could stop cloud sync and feel free to remove the unwanted contacts.

★ Selectively Backup & Transfer: You can view all contacts and decide to backup/transfer some of them or all.
★ Widely Compatible: FoneTool supports all iPhones including the latest iOS 17/16, iPhone 15/14 series.

Let's see how to transfer iPhone contacts to computer as backup:

Step 1. Download FoneTool and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

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Step 2. Select Phone Transfer on the home screen > Go to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click Contacts and select the contacts you want to transfer.

Select Contacts

Step 4. Click Start Transfer > Select a path to store your contacts > Select the format you prefer (If you want to export iPhone contacts to Excel, please choose CSV.) > Click Transfer to complete the task.


If you want to transfer contacts from computer to iPhone, please choose PC to iPhone option.

Transfer to iPhone

Besides contacts, FoneTool also can help you transfer other iPhone data like photos, videos, music, and messages. You can freely share data between iPhone and computer, between iPhone and another iPhone/iPad.

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later series support eSIM. If you want to convert SIM card to eSIM, you can backup iPhone contacts with FoneTool in advance. Just in case unexpected errors happen during the conversion.

Bonus Tip: Let Family Sharing Helps You Sharing iTunes Library

Most users are sharing accounts with others because they want to share the same iTunes library. But it will also share a lot of private information, otherwise, you won’t want to know how to stop sharing contacts on iPhone.

In fact, using Family Sharing could also let you share the purchased iTunes library with another Apple ID.

1. Open Settings app on iPhone.

2. Tap the [your name] and select Family Sharing.

3. Set up your family and invite your family members.

Family Sharing


That's all about how to stop sharing contacts between 2 iPhones. Turn off Contacts in iCloud will help you stop sharing contacts between iPhones.

PS: When you want to backup iPhone or transfer data to your family or friend's iPhone, you can let FoneTool help you make it. It's the best choice to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone with different Apple IDs.

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Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.