How do you delete read-only contacts from Android? This article will answer all your questions about this topic.
Everyone has some contacts stored on their android phones. You can also delete these contacts at any time if you wish. However, there have been complaints about read-only contacts. According to them, the read-only contacts cannot be deleted on android.
They also stated that you can delete read-only contacts by attempting to delete them.
This clearly implies that you must hide these contacts if it’s not your intention to deal with them. There are several ways to delete read-only contacts from android, and we have the perfect solution for you. We’ll be sharing them all with you here, one at a time.
Let’s just get on with it
This first method will demonstrate how to delete read only android contacts by unlinking that particular app. The process may differ depending on your android version. Let’s take a look at how it works…
For Android Pie or 9.00
Open the Contacts App.
Scroll down to locate the contact that you wish to delete.
Next, tap the’menu” or’more icon on the screen. This icon is usually 3 dots.
Next, tap on the “View Linked Contacts” option in the dropdown menu.
Next, click on the Unlink icon from the popup window.
You have now unlinked that contact from the particular app.
Next, locate the contact and tap on the “More” or “Menu” buttons.
Next, tap on the Uninstall button.
To confirm, click on the Delete option from the popup menu.
Android Oreo, or 8
Tap on the Contacts icon to open it.
Next, locate the contact you wish to delete.
To open the dropdown menu, tap on the menu icon or the menu button.
Tap on the “View linked contacts” option in the dropdown menu.
Next, tap on the Unlink icon.
Next, tap on the Unlink button again by tapping on it.
You need to tap the contact again after you have unlinked it.
Finally, you can delete it.
You can delete any read-only contacts from your Android 9 or 8 phone by following the above-mentioned steps.
Using Google’s Contact App
In the second method, we will show you how Google’s Contact app can be used to delete a read only contact. You must therefore have installed and used the Contact app by Google on Android.
Most new android phones include Google Contact app as default. You can also install it from below. You will need to sync your contacts to the Contact App.
If you already use the Contact app, most contacts will be saved and synced. Follow the steps below.
Steps to follow
First, open contacts.google.com using your browser.
The next step is to log in with the Google account you are using, if not already.
You will now see all contacts saved to your Google Contact app.
Scroll down to locate the read-only contact that you wish to remove from the list.
Click on the “More Actions” icon. It looks like the ‘3 dots’ on the right side.
A dropdown menu will open. You will need to click the Delete button from the dropdown menu.
A new popup will now appear asking for confirmation to delete the file. Click on the Delete button to confirm deletion.
Now, sync your contacts on your phone, so you can see that read-only contacts have disappeared.
As we have said, the read-only contact are related to third-party communication apps. If you’ve tried all the methods above but still cannot delete these contacts, this method may work for you. This article will show you how to delete read-only contacts from apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger, Imo and Viber.
It is really quite simple. You first need to uninstall any app that is linked to these read-only contacts. Then, you can install it again. However, this time you’ll see that the numbers have been removed from your android device.
We have discovered that read-only contacts are not necessary. We have provided some tips to help you delete the read-only contact.
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