On my iPhone SE, I found that my "Default Account" for Contacts was iPhone. That was why newly created contacts would not sync with an Exchange Server. So I changed it to Exchange. I did not like the fact that migrating the iPhone contacts to the Exchange account needed either a 3rd party app or transferring through the cloud in some way. So I handraulically re-typed the contacts as new contacts in the "All Exchange" group. I made sure that the "All iPhone" group was unchecked. This caused the new contacts to sync with Exchange Server.
To tie up lose ends, I made sure that only the "All iPhone" group was checked, then deleted the re-typed contacts from that group. Then I made sure that only the "All Exchange" group was checked. Lo and behold, the contacts were gone.
1) Is this a bug?
2) How do I avoid this?
3) And how do I prevent Contact settings from switching to iPhone? I seem to be always switching it back over the years, after being burned repeatedly.