Is Your iPhone Automatically Adding Contacts? 2 Solutions

  • This seem to affect primarily Gmail users, but the problem itself may be on Apple’s end.
  • You can delete contacts manually through the Contacts app by long-pressing and tapping Delete Contact.
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If contacts being automatically added to your iPhone is something you need to fix then this is the article for you. I was taking a brisk stroll through the contacts list on my iPhone 15 Pro when I realized I had over 9000 contacts within the list. This was far too many, and it turns out I had a certain feature in my email account enabled. Thankfully, I found a solution. Here’s what you can do.

How To Fix Contacts Automatically Added to iPhone

Looking around the web, both users on Reddit and the Apple Support community forums are experiencing an issue where contacts from their email (Gmail, specifically) are being automatically added to their Contacts app on iPhone. To make it slightly more frustrating, it seems this is happening whenever the user responds to any email, meaning their Contacts list is flooded with random email addresses and individuals. But there’s a fix:

1. Disable Saving Contacts Automatically in Gmail

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It seems this is only a specific issue for those using both iPhone and Gmail. If you’re not using Gmail and think you’re experiencing this problem, you may need to look through the settings of your email account.

First, let’s ensure this stops happening. Gmail features a “Create contacts for auto-complete” option that users can disable. Note that disabling this feature will not create new contacts whenever you respond to an email. If you use Gmail to respond to a lot of emails, you may not be entirely happy with this solution, but it’s one of the best for now.

Time needed: 1 minute

How to disable Create contacts for auto-complete in Gmail:

  1. First, from a desktop browser, go to your Gmail.

  2. Select Settings in the top-right corner. You may need to click See All Settings.

    contacts automatically added iPhone Settings

  3. Navigate to General.

  4. Scroll down to Create contacts for auto-complete and select I’ll add contacts myself.

    contacts automatically added iPhone Add Contacts Myself

  5. Alternatively, you can also visit your primary Google Account, select People and sharing and disable Contact info saved from interactions.

    contacts automatically added iPhone Contact Info Saved from Interactions

You may also want to know what to do if a Mac isn’t displaying all Gmail settings.

2. Delete the Contacts from Your iPhone

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This may delete contacts you intentionally added from Google. Consider your options and what contacts are associated with your account before proceeding.

If you have a bunch of unnecessary contacts due to this issue, then an iPhone can simply delete them. The steps are pretty easy, and if you find out you deleted too many contacts, you can always turn this feature back on to perform a resync.

  1. From your iPhone, navigate to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Contacts.
    contacts automatically added iPhone Tap Contacts
  3. Choose Accounts.
    contacts automatically added iPhone Tap Accounts
  4. Select the Account that is adding too many contacts.
    contacts automatically added iPhone Select Gmail
  5. Disable Contacts. Accept the prompt when you receive it and continue with the onscreen instructions.
    contacts automatically added iPhone Deselect Contacts

While these solutions may require a bit of luck, they are some of the few until an update arrives. However, in my experience, keeping a contacts list clean is a Sisyphean task all on its own. So long as you can access those really worth contacting, isn’t that what’s important? Of course, you may also want to know what to do if your iPhone contacts disappeared.

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