How to Separate Contacts on Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Occasionally the Android may automatically join two contacts in your address book that aren’t really the same person. When that happens, you can split them by following these steps:

  1. Display the improperly joined contact.
    As an example, I’m Facebook friends with other humans named Dan Gookin. My phone accidentally joined my address book entry with another Dan Gookin.
  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon or MORE button.
  3. Choose Separate.
    The command might not be available, in which case you need to edit the contact.
    The Separate action might also be called Separate Contacts or Unlink Contacts. On some phones, the action is titled Manage Linked Contacts.
  4. Tap the OK button to confirm that you’re splitting the contacts.
    Or tap the minus (–) icon to remove one of the links. You may also have to save the contact.

You don’t need to actively look for improperly joined contacts — you’ll just stumble across them. When you do, feel free to separate them, especially if you detect any bickering.