How to Separate and Remove Contacts on Your Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

Part of managing your contacts on an Android tablet may involve separating or even removing contacts. It’s a bit of drudgery, but a necessary chore, nonetheless.

Separating contacts

The topic of separating contacts has little to do with parenting, although separating bickering children is the first step in avoiding a fight. Contacts in the address book might not be bickering, but occasionally the tablet may automatically join two contacts that aren’t really the same person. When that happens, you can split them by following these steps:

  1. Display the improperly joined contact.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose the Separate action, which might also be called Separate Contacts.

    The command might not be available, in which case you must first edit the contact. At that point, tap the Action Overflow icon to choose Separate.

  3. Tap the OK button to confirm that you’re splitting the contacts.

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

Removing a contact

Every so often, consider reviewing your tablet’s address book. Purge the folks whom you no longer recognize or you’ve forgotten. It’s simple:

  1. Edit the forlorn contact.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose Delete.

    If you don’t see the Delete item, the contact is brought in from another source, such as Facebook. You need to use that app to disassociate the contact.

  3. Tap the OK button to confirm. Poof! They’re gone.

On some tablets, you may find a Delete icon directly on the contact’s screen or on the Edit Contact screen. Tap that icon to remove it, and then tap the OK button to remove the contact.

  • Because the Contacts list is synchronized with your Google account, the contact is also removed there — and on other Android devices.

  • Removing a contact doesn’t kill the person in real life.