Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Merge Duplicate Contacts

In Samsung Galaxy SIII, there are several way that allow you to retrieve contacts then save them into your phone, such as add it on your own or retrieve it from mms that contains contact or phone number.

See also: How to Save MMS Contacts in Samsung Galaxy S3

You can also retrieve contacts from social network sites and add them to your phone. But, sometimes the contacts you have added may be displayed more than one. So, to make you easier using your contact and organizing them then you can merging the same or duplicate identical contacts into one.

How to join contacts?
In addition to make you more easier to use and orginizing them, this steps will make your contact more neat and orderly. Well, to do so kindly following the steps below:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Scroll to Contacts, then tap on it.
  3. Tap the Contacts tab.
  4. Tap the required contact.
  5. Tap the Menu key.
  6. On the pop up menu select Join contact.
  7. Tap the required contact you wish to merge.
  8. Finish. Now your selected contact will be merge into a single contact.

By knowing on how to merge duplicate contacts, now you can organizing your phone book in order to make them more organize and make you more easier when you want to use them. So, try this useful tips then share your experience here through the comment below :)


  1. I have as many as 3 entries for each Contact. Merging didn't help. What can I do to get each contact mentioned only once?

    1. Hi Ruti Mizrachi,
      Thanks for coming.
      Normally, once you've merged some contacts, the numbers or email from them will be merge into a single contact. So, did your contacts still mentioned more than once even though you already merged them? Or, the contacts you've merged has the same numbers? If so, try to only display contacts from your phone only. To see the complete steps, kindly visit our post about it here:
      Hope this helps :)

    2. Hi I've followed your advice about display contact viewing and selected viewing phone only however when viewing contacts through messaging ie to send a text I still get duplicate contacts one a mob no. and the other an email address help

    3. Hi Rickyegrant,
      Thanks for coming.
      In the Contact app, tap the Menu key then select Settings. Tick the checkbox next to "Only contact with phone" to enable this option. Enable this option will made your phone only display contacts that have phone number.
      Hope this helps :)

  2. Hi there, I recently got a samsung tablet with sim and a samsung phone, using sync and bavkup. I transferred my contacts which were extensive on my old dumb phone and spli r them between two new sims to retreve them. Now I have lots of duplicates as you described.

    Now my question is if I merge them do they get backed up like that and is it then save top delete them from the sim card later so I hands a clean clutter free collection of contracts? A nd if its in scync mode, if I celery from deeps is deleted from cloud storsge too, whats the best practice for toys situation?

    My main concern was if I merge my contavts, do they see hpw up as merged on the cloud storage? So if I delete the excess duplicates, will they be deleted from thier original source too? Is thiz just to tidy up the phone/ tablet?
    Mamy thanks, Kathryn

    1. Hi Kathryn Erskine,
      Thanks for coming.
      Can you please tell me what's your old phone? Does your old phone has a feature to export contacts to the .vcf file? If it has, it'd better if you export your contacts to .vcf file and then import the file to your new phone and save the contact to your phone storage.
      FYI, if you save a contact in phone storage then you will be allowed to add more than one number and also information within the contact, but SIM card only allows you to save a single number in a single contact. I think it's causing you to have many duplicate contacts.

  3. hi i have a samsung galaxy SIII M..
    my problem is this..
    when when i text someone i have duplicate contacts appear in the list.. which is crazy as there are no duplicate contacts in my list!
    i have my contacts stored on my phone so that i can have images to identify the caller.. so what appears is the contact list is one with the image
    and then underneath the same contact minus the image

    has anyone else come across this weird problem and how do i rectify it please?
    thanks in advance


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