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How to delete a contact from the server

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How to delete a contact from the server: Have you tried to delete a contact from your Android smartphone but, by accessing Gmail from your PC, it is still present on the famous e-mail service? Have you deleted a name from the Outlook.com address book but, both on your smartphone and on your tablet, is it still present? There is obviously something wrong with the synchronization of your e-mail account (and therefore of your address book), but don’t worry: it is a problem of very simple resolution.

All you have to do is delete a contact from the server of your e-mail service (eg Gmail, Outlook.com or iCloud) and verify that the address book synchronization options are configured correctly on smartphones and tablets. I know, said like this it may seem like a complex operation to complete, especially for a low-tech guy like you, and instead I assure you that you are wrong!

Take five minutes of free time, read the instructions I am about to give you and try to put them into practice: I assure you that, regardless of the email service and device you use, you will be able to delete a contact from the address book and find it deleted on all your devices. Happy reading and good luck for everything!

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How to delete a contact from the Gmail server

If you use Gmail as an e-mail service and you want to delete a contact from it, so that it disappears from all your devices, proceed as follows: I assure you that it is a very simple procedure.

From computer

To delete a contact from the Gmail server , connect to Google Contacts , the Gmail address book management service, log in to your Google account (if necessary) and use the search bar at the top to find the name you want to delete.

At this point, click on the name of the contact you are interested in, press the icon with the three vertical dots located at the top right, select the Delete item from the menu that opens and confirm by pressing the Delete button that appears at center of the screen.

The name selected by you will be deleted from the Gmail servers and, consequently, from all the devices that you have connected to the service address book, therefore your smartphone, your tablet and your e-mail clients on your computer. Happy?

Da Android

How to delete a contact from the Gmail server from Android

Are you using an Android device and would you like to delete a contact from Gmail through it? No problem. You just need to have activated the synchronization of the address book between the device and the famous Google e-mail service. To verify this, open the Android Settings app (the gear icon on the home screen), go to Accounts and first select the Google logo and then your e-mail address (if necessary). Check, then, that the option relating to synchronization of contactsis active, otherwise you activate it. If you have any difficulties and / or want more information on how to synchronize Android address book with Gmail, consult my guide dedicated to the topic.

Once the phonebook synchronization between Android and Gmail has been activated, all you have to do is open the Contacts or Phonebook app of your device, search for the name to be deleted (using the appropriate search function in the application) and select it. At this point, you have to press the menu button (which could be represented by three dots, by three horizontal lines or by the item Other , depending on how the app is structured) and you must select the Delete / Delete contact item from the menu that opens. Then confirm by pressing the appropriate button that appears on the screen and the game will be done.

Within a few seconds, the contact selected in the Address Book app will be deleted from your device, from the Gmail servers and, consequently, from all devices connected to the latter.

From iOS

How to delete a contact from the iPhone Gmail server

If you want to delete a contact from Gmail and use an iOS device , such as an iPhone or iPad , you must have previously set up your Google account on the latter and have activated contact synchronization. To check this, go to the iOS Settings menu (the gear icon on the home screen), go to Account and password and make sure that in the screen that opens there is an item relating to Gmail : in case of success positive, tap on it and check that the lever relative to the Contacts is moved to ON(otherwise, move it yourself to enable synchronization of contacts with Gmail). If any steps are not clear to you, check out my tutorial on how to set up Gmail on iPhone.

Once the synchronization of contacts between iPhone / iPad and Gmail has been verified (or activated), all you have to do is open the iOS Contacts app and select the name to delete . At this point, tap on the Edit item located at the top right, get to the bottom of the screen that opens, press the Delete contact option and confirm by tapping the Delete contact button that appears at the bottom.

Within a few seconds, the contact deleted from the Gmail Contacts app will also be deleted from the service’s servers and, consequently, from the address book of all the devices synchronized with the latter.

How to delete a contact from the Outlook server

If you use Outlook.com as an e-mail service and would like a hand to delete a contact from all the devices connected to it, take a couple of minutes and follow the instructions I am about to give you. You can act from a PC, smartphone or tablet.

From computer

How to delete a contact from the Outlook server

To delete a contact from the Outlook servers , connect to your mailbox on Outlook.com and log into your Microsoft account. Subsequently, click on the icon with the 9 squares located at the top left and select the item People in the menu that is shown to you, to access the Outlook address book.

Now, use the search field at the top to find the name to delete and click on it. Then press the Delete button located at the top (in the Outlook.com toolbar), confirm by clicking on the Delete button and you’re done.

The contact you deleted will be deleted from the Outlook servers and from all the devices that you have synchronized with the Microsoft e-mail service.

Da Android

How to delete a contact from the Outlook server from Android

If you use an Android terminal , you can delete contacts from Outlook.com servers by following the same procedure that I showed you earlier for Gmail. You must then go to the Settings> Accounts menu , check that there is already an Outlook account configured (if not, you have to press the Add account item ) and select it, and then move the lever on the option to synchronize contacts to ON .

At this point, open the Contacts or Address Book app of your phone (or tablet), search for the name to delete , select it and tap the menu button (which could be represented by three dots, three horizontal lines or by the item Other , a depending on the app in use). Then select the item Delete / Delete contact from the menu that opens, reply Delete to the warning that appears on the screen and that’s it.

From iOS

How to delete a contact from the Outlook server from iOS

If you have an iPhone or an iPad , you can delete contacts from Outlook by following the same procedure that I showed you earlier for Gmail. You must, therefore, verify that you have activated the synchronization of contacts with Outlook and then you must delete the names of your interest from the iOS Contacts app.

To verify that you have activated the synchronization of contacts between Outlook and iOS, go to the Settings menu of your device (the gear icon located on the home screen), go to Accounts and passwords and make sure that in the screen that opens there is an item related to Outlook : otherwise, tap on the vice Add account and configure your Outlook.com account following the instructions you find in my tutorial on How to add emails on iPhone (by activating the contact synchronization lever at the end of the procedure).

If, on the other hand, the Outlook account is already configured on the device, select it and make sure that the switch relative to Contacts is moved to ON (otherwise, move it yourself to activate contact synchronization). Now, open the iOS Contacts app and select the name to delete .

Then presses on the Edit item located at the top right, get to the bottom of the screen that opens and tap on Delete contact twice in a row. In this way, the selected name will be deleted from the Outlook servers and from all devices connected to the latter. It wasn’t difficult, was it ?!

How to delete a contact from the iCloud server

Are you an Apple user and have you synchronized your address book with iCloud ? In this case, you can delete contacts from the service’s servers (and therefore from all devices connected to it) by acting from the iCloud web panel, the macOS Contacts app or the iOS address book. Here is all explained in detail.

From computer

How to delete a contact from the iCloud server

If you want to delete a contact from iCloud , connect to the main page of the service and log in using your Apple ID . Then click on the Contacts icon that appears on the screen and use the search field at the top to find the name of your interest.

When the operation is completed, click on the name to be deleted , then on the Edit item at the top and, finally, on the Delete contact item at the bottom. Then confirm by pressing the Delete button and that’s it: the contact will be deleted from the iCloud servers and from all your devices connected to it.

If you are using a Mac , you can also achieve the same result through the macOS Contacts application. Before proceeding, however, go to System Preferences (the gear icon located on the Dock bar), select the iCloud item from the latter and make sure that your iCloud account is configured correctly on the computer and that there is the check mark next to the Contacts item (if not, log in to iCloud and put the check mark next to the contacts item).

Now, open the macOS Contacts application (you can find it in the Launchpad or by searching in Spotlight), find the name to be deleted using the appropriate bar located at the top and proceed with its deletion by right-clicking on it, selecting the Delete card item from the menu that appears and confirming (i.e. by pressing the Delete button that appears on the screen).

From iOS

How to delete a contact from the iCloud server on iOS

If you have an iPhone or iPad and you have associated the latter with your iCloud account, you can delete contacts from the service’s servers by using the iOS Contacts app. To check if your device is connected to iCloud, go to the Settings menu (the gear icon located on the home screen) and tap your name . If your name is not there, presses on the item to log in and log in to iCloud. Then, tap on your name , then on the iCloud entry and, if necessary, move the lever relative to the Contacts option to ON .

You are now ready to take action! Start the iOS Contacts app, select the name to delete and tap on the Edit item located at the top right. Then scroll the screen that opens, press the Delete contact option at the bottom and confirm by tapping the Delete contact button that appears on the display of your device. Mission accomplished!

How to delete a contact from the WhatsApp server

How to delete a contact from the WhatsApp server

Would you like to delete a contact from the WhatsApp server , so as not to see him anymore in the message composition screen of this famous app? It can be done, but first it is good to make one thing clear: while Gmail, Outlook, iCloud and e-mail services have their own address book, WhatsApp takes contacts from the smartphone address book. This means that it is not possible to act directly on the contacts present on the service servers, but that you can only delete a contact from the address book of your device and, consequently, from that of the application.

To delete a contact from Android , open the Contacts app or Phonebook of your device, select the name to delete , press the menu button (which could be represented by three dots, three horizontal lines or the item Other ) and first select the item Delete / Delete contact from the menu that opens and then the Delete item from the box that appears in the center of the screen.

To delete a contact from iPhone , on the other hand, open the iOS Contacts app, select the name to be deleted and first tap on the Edit item located at the top right, then on the Delete contact option at the bottom of the screen. is open and, finally, on the Delete contact button that appears on the phone display.

Now, open WhatsApp, select the Chat tab , press the button to start composing a new message and the name you deleted from the address book should also have disappeared from WhatsApp. Otherwise, if you use Android, you can force the update of the WhatsApp address book by pressing the button with the three dots located at the top right and selecting the Update item from the menu that appears.

In case of second thoughts

If after deleting a contact from the servers of Gmail, Outlook, iCloud or other e-mail services you have second thoughts, you can retrace your steps by following the instructions I gave you in my tutorials on how to recover Android contacts and how to recover iPhone contacts. The result is not always 100% guaranteed but, between cloud backup systems and data recovery applications, if it hasn’t been too long since the deletion of contacts, you should be able to achieve your goal.