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I have 5 different email accounts: iCloud, GMail, Hotmail and two others which my iPhone does not give the option to sync its contacts.

So, I have only synced my contacts with iCloud and since barely a month ago, when I edit a contact it appears immediately a copy of it and if I delete one, both of the are deleted.

Does anyone know what is going on?

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marked as duplicate by bmike Aug 26 '13 at 17:03

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Does the duplicate appear on your iPhone or within your iCloud account.

Try editing your iPhone contacts directly via this tool for example:

Also, where do you edit the contact entries from which the duplicates result - on your iPhone or within the iCloud. I would assume that if you are editing them on the iPhone, a temporary local copy is created on your iPhone until it is synced back to the iCloud after which the duplicate copy (physically residing on your iPhone) will be gone.

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