Creating a new contact on your iPhone 5 is a fairly simple process, and it is one of the best ways to store phone numbers or email addresses for people that you need to contact regularly. But if you have a large list of contacts that is largely filled with people that you no longer communicate with, or if you have a contact that is full of incorrect information, then it’s helpful to delete them. But it isn’t extremely obvious how to delete a contact in iOS 7, so you can follow the steps below to learn how to do it on your iPhone 5.
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Deleting Old Contacts in iOS 7
Note that once you delete a contact, it will be gone from your phone. It may still be available in an old backup if you restore through iTunes, but these can be problematic to restore, particularly if you are syncing your contacts in iCloud. So it might be a good idea to save that phone number or email address somewhere else if you aren’t entirely positive that you want to delete it permanently. But if you are sure that you want to delete a contact from your iPhone 5, simply follow the steps below.
Step 1: Touch the Phone icon.
Step 2: Touch the Contacts option at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Select the contact that you want to delete.
Step 4: Touch the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 5: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen, then select the Delete Contact option.
Step 6: Touch the Delete Contact button to confirm that you want to delete the contact from your phone.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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