A year ago when I upgraded my iPhone to the latest model, the computer technician who works on our business computers helped me with a couple of issues with which I was having problems. He doesn't know what happened, but he ended up importing my complete business address book email addresses into my iPhone and now I have over 4,000 contacts of customers I will never contact with my personal iPhone.

This presents a great problem for me each time I want to look up a personal contact, I have to wade through hundreds of names until I find the one I need. Is there a program that will allow me to work with this huge contacts list outside of the iPhone (such as on my regular computer with a large screen) and permanently delete those contacts that I don't need?

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    Are you using a Mac or Windows computer? – tubedogg Aug 31 '13 at 17:38

I'm not sure if this will solve the problem exactly as you specified, but you can hide those 4000 contacts of customers on your iPhone with the steps below.

If your entire email's contacts are synced with your iPhone, you can choose to display only actual contacts and hide those email contacts with the Groups button in the Contacts.app in iPhone

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For instance, this is a sample screen that could show when you touch Groups

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Also, if you go to your Mail settings on your iPhone (Settings => Mail, Contacts, Calendars) and your Mail account, you can choose to remove your email contacts from your iPhone contacts by turning Contacts off in the picture below.

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The only method that I can come up with is enabling iCloud on your iPhone and delete the contacts your don’t need from iCloud.

Since the contacts are synchronized online, anything you’ve deleted from the iCloud will also be applied to your iPhone. If you use Mac, you can also use the Contacts app to manage your existing contacts (by ensuring your iCloud on Mac is also enabled)

PS. You can find iCloud in System Preferences.


Just to basically state an implementation of an answer I found here regarding the creation of a group within the contacts tree in your Outlook.

  1. What you should do is to create a new group "mobile", and then go into you other lists - "do a list view> and group them by mobile number" - then drag all the contacts that have mobile numbers to your new group.

  2. Do this for all your lists. Then set visibility on the "groups tab" in contacts to the new group mobile and voila!


My issue was Exchange syncing contacts. I got the clue from the answer above. There is an option under groups to remove the tick from Suggested Contacts. This reduced my contacts to just those with phone numbers that I had added.

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