How to Delete a Contact on the iPhone 5

Sometimes the easiest way to remember or access a phone number on your iPhone 5 is to simply save it as a new contact. Since you can store a very large number of contacts on the device, there are very few drawbacks to creating as many contacts as you want. But occasionally you may end up with a contact that you do not need or want, or that you worry someone using your phone might attempt to contact. For these situations it is important to learn how to delete a contact from your iPhone 5. Fortunately this problem is very approachable and is something you can do for any individual contact on your phone.

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Permanently Delete a Contact From Your iPhone 5

Whatever your reasoning behind deleting a contact, it is important to note that it will be gone after you perform this action. So if you actually just need to edit some information about the contact, such as an incorrect phone number or a name misspelling, you can do that instead by following these instructions to navigate to the Edit Contact menu.


Step 1: Tap the Phone icon.

phone icon on iphone 5


Step 2: Touch the Contacts option at the bottom of the screen.

iphone 5 contacts menu


Step 3: Scroll to the contact that you wish to delete, then touch the contact name once to open it.



Step 4: Tap the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.


contact edit menu iphone 5


Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of the menu, then press the red Delete Contact button.

how to delete a contact on the iphone 5


Step 6: Touch the red Delete Contact button on the pop-up window to confirm that you wish to delete this contact.

confirm contact delete iphone 5


You can view more of our iPhone 5 articles to find out about other helpful things you can do to improve your experience with your phone.