Delete Multiple Contacts on Android - All Possible Methods

Written By Axel Nash |

Query: It is quite easy to choose a contact and permanently delete it on your Android phone. But what if you need to delete multiple contacts on Android?

Sometimes, the contact list on your mobile phone is out of date and some people you haven't speak to for years are still in it. That's the moment you want to delete some of your contacts. However, deleting multiple contacts on your phone is not as easy as you might think.

In this article, we discuss all possible methods you can take to delete multiple Android contacts - read on to know the details.

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Part 1: Delete Multiple Contacts on Android

One of the easiest ways to delete multiple contacts android users can opt for is to go directly through the Contacts application on their phone. It is simple to remove one or more contacts while using the app on an Android device.

Delete Multiple Contacts on Android via Contacts App

You can access the Google Contacts application you have pre-installed on your phone to remove unwanted contacts. The steps for removing many contacts from the app mentioned here work on most Android tablet and smartphone devices.

How to do this?

Step 1: Open the Contacts app on your Android phone.

Step 2: Tap the three-dot icon at the top right corner and choose "Select".

Notes: you can also touch and hold a contact to select it.

tap the three dot icon

Step 3: Select the contacts you want to remove from your Android phone and then tap the trash icon and confirm the deletion by taping Move to Trash button.

select the contacts

Step 4: After the contacts move to the Trash, you can directly delete them in the Trash section to permanently delete the contacts. Now, open the Trash section.

Step 5: Tap and hold all the specific contacts you want to delete.

Step 6: Press the three-dot icon and choose the "Delete Forever" option. When the window opens, click on the "Delete forever" button.

delete forever

Remove All Contacts on Android using Contacts App

Instead of directly choosing each contact to delete multiple contacts, android users can directly remove all contacts easily from the Contacts app.

How to do this?

Step 1: Open the Contacts app. Go to the top three-dot icon and click on it.

Step 2: Choose the "Select all" option.

Step 3: Press the Delete icon and choose the Delete button.

Step 4: Go to the Trash tab.

Step 5: Press the "Empty Trash Now" button and click on Delete Forever.

How to Restore Deleted Contacts on Android

The deleted contacts in Android under the Google Contacts app stay in the system for at least 30 days.So, if you want to restore the deleted contacts, you can do so within the 30-day limit.

Also, you have to meet below requirements:

  1. Automatic sync turned on.
  2. The deleted contacts are saved in your Google account.
  3. Your Android phone is online.

Part 2: Delete Multiple Android Contacts on PC

Much like deleting multiple contacts on Android, users can remove several Android contacts directly through their PC.

Delete Multiple Contacts on Android via Google

You can access your Google Account through the desktop and remove the unwanted contacts.

How to do this?

Step 1: Open your preferred browser on your PC.

Step 2: Visit the site and log in with your Google account using on your Android phone.

Step 3: To delete one contact, tick the box beside it or different boxes beside multiple contacts you want to remove.

to delete one contact

If you want to choose all contacts, tap the checkbox beside one of the contacts. Then, press the down arrow at the top right corner > choose All.

Step 4: After choosing the contacts to delete, tap the More or the vertical three-dot icon.

Step 5: Click on Delete Contacts > Delete.

click on delete contacts

The removed contacts go automatically to the Trash section.

How to Permanently Delete Contacts

Like the Google Contacts app on Android, The deleted contacts stay stored for around 30 days in the Trash section of Google Contacts as well. You can manually choose to permanently delete the removed contacts in the similar way.

How to do this?

Step 1: Open Contacts > Trash.

Step 2: Choose the contact.

Step 3: Press the "Delete Forever" button.

Part 3: Delete Contacts in Bulk on Samsung Phone

In the context of deleting multiple contacts on Android, users can use generic tactics to remove multiple contacts. For Samsung Galaxy users, the process is simple and slightly personalized to their brand. So, you have to use specific steps to delete multiple contacts on Samsung phones.

How to do this?

Step 1: Choose and open the default Contacts app on the Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Step 2: Tap the contact to remove and hold. A green check mark will become visible beside it if it is successfully deleted.

tap the contact

To delete multiple contacts, do this step and then tick all the other contacts to delete.

tick all other contacts delete

To remove all contacts, click on the 'Select All' choice.

Step 3: At the top-right side of the screen, press the Delete button.

press the delete button

Step 4: On the next pop-up window, tap on Delete for removal confirmation.

Bonus: Back up Your Android Contacts Before Deleting

While deleting multiple contacts on Android is simple to do with the sequences mentioned before, saving them first is vital. This is in case you delete important contacts by mistake or need the removed contacts at a later unprecedented time.

Here, it would be best if you use MobileTrans to back up your phone contacts to computer. It is free to use this software and it can back up all contacts securely with one click. It supports even the latest Android 12 version, including the new Samsung 22 devices. So, you can backup and restore through any device.

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How to do this?

Step 1: Use a USB cable to connect your Android phone to the computer.

Step 2: On your PC, download MobileTrans and install it.

Step 3: Launch the software. Click on the "Backup & Restore" tab.

click on the backup and restore

Step 4: Press the Backup button. The software will detect the device and data types. This will take some time.

Step 5: Choose the data types to backup, i.e., Contacts. Click the Start button.

choose the data types to backup

Step 6: After processing the backup, click the Restore module > MobileTrans backup file. This will show you the backed-up files.

click the restore module

Step 7: Press Restore to re-save contacts if needed at any time. (Optional)


The process of deleting multiple contacts on Android is simple to complete, whether you go through your Android device or PC. There are separate steps for Samsung users to delete the contacts safely. You should learn the steps well and follow them carefully to remove the right contacts, but backup your contacts first with software like MobileTrans first.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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