Many Samsung users have reported that when they try to delete a contact from their Contacts application, the contact gets deleted, but it reappears after some time. Well, this can be quite a frustrating issue because once you delete a contact, you are not expecting to see it again without you putting it back in your contacts. Though this might sound like a complex issue, it is actually a simple issue that can be resolved quite quickly.
There are various reasons why this could be happening. You might be seeing the deleted contacts again and again because of some simple cache issues. Sometimes the issue can happen because of the automatic syncing of accounts. Whatever be the reason, we have listed in this article, all the possible solutions that you can try and get this issue of yours fixed in a matter of seconds. So what are you waiting for? Shall we start trying the solutions listed here one by one straight away? Hope you find your fix super soon.
Solution 1: Clear the Cache of the Contacts Application
If you are seeing a deleted contact in your Contacts application, it could be because the contact is being shown from the cache memory of the Contacts application. So let’s try clearing off the application cache of the Contacts app in this solution.
Step 1: Launch the Settings application from the app drawer.
Step 2: From the Settings screen, click on the Apps option.
Step 3: As next, from the list of applications, scroll down and click on the Contacts application.
Step 4: Next you need to click on the Storage option.
Step 5: Now on the Storage screen, at the bottom part, click on the button named Clear cache to clear off the application cache of the Contacts application.
Once the app cache is cleared, try deleting the contact once again, just like how you would normally delete a contact, and see if it is coming back or not. If it is, move on to the next solution in line.
Solution 2: Disable Syncing of Contacts in the Google Account
Sometimes, the deleted contact can keep coming back if you have saved this contact in your Google account and if Google account syncing is enabled for contacts. Let’s disable contact syncing if that’s the case.
Step 1: Once again, launch the Settings application.
Step 2: On the Settings screen, click on the Accounts and backup option.
Step 3: As next, on the Accounts and backup screen, click on the Accounts option.
Step 4: As next, click on the Google account where the contact is saved, from the list of accounts available.
Step 5: Click on the Sync account option next.
Step 6: Now on the Sync account screen, turn OFF the toggle button corresponding to the Contacts option. That’s it.
Please go ahead and delete the contact one more time. This time it should not come back.
Solution 3: Delete the Contacts from Google Contacts
If you are still facing the issue, let’s go ahead and delete the contact straight from your Google contacts.
Step 1: Launch the Google Chrome application from the applications drawer. You can use any other browser as well.
Step 2: As next, on the URL bar, either copy and paste the following URL.
Or you can simply click here to go straight to the Google Contacts page of your Google account.
Once you are at the Google Contacts page, click on the profile icons associated with all the contacts that you want to delete, to select them.
Note: If you cannot find the contact to be deleted and if you have more than 1 Google account linked to your device, it could be because the contact is saved in a different account. In that case, you can change the Google account selected, by clicking on your profile icon present at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Now your contacts will be selected, indicated by tick marks. Hit the 3 vertical dots icon present at the top and choose the Delete option from the options available.
Step 4: When the following confirmation window pops open, hit the Move to trash button to proceed with the Delete operation.
Step 5: Let’s now delete the contacts from the Trash as well. For that, click on the 3 horizontal lines present at the top left corner of the screen.
Step 6: Then click on the Trash option.
Step 7: Now, you can delete everything in the trash in one go by clicking on the Empty Trash now link present at the top part of the screen. Or you can once again click on the profile icons associated with each of the contacts, that you want to delete, to select them.
Note: Even if you do not empty your trash, contents in the trash that stays for more than 30 days will be automatically deleted.
Step 8: Once the contacts to be deleted are selected, hit the Delete forever button at the top to delete them forever.
Solution 4: Unlink the Contacts to Delete from All Accounts and then Delete
If the contact is still coming back, it could very well be because the contact is linked to some other account as well. So, in this solution let’s try unlinking the contact from everywhere and then try deleting it once again.
Step 1: From the app drawer, click on the Contacts application to launch it.
Step 2: Locate the contact that you want to delete from your Contacts app and then click on it.
Step 3: On the screen that follows, click on the 3 vertical dots icon present at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 4: From the tiny menu available, click on the Add/remove linked contacts option.
Step 5: Hit the Unlink all button at the bottom part of the screen.
Step 6: Once the contact is unlinked from everywhere, hit the 3 vertical dots icon once again.
Step 7: This time hit the Delete option and delete the contact once again.
Keep an eye on the contact and check if it is coming back, which most probably won’t happen.
Hope the deleted contacts reappearing issue is no longer bothering you. If it still is, please do drop us a comment, we would be happy to help.
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