For the longest time, I have been annoyed by the state of my contacts on Android. Between college and family, France and Lebanon, my Android.Appstorm contacts and my pharmacy suppliers and customers, I had over 800 contacts that were almost impossible to manage. Then I decided to set aside a few hours one day and go through them all on Google Contacts, managing duplicates and groups, deleting contact details that I didn’t need anymore, and so on.
Now that my contact list is as pristine as possible, I still find myself with the odd duplicate every now and then. Merging these duplicates should be a straightforward process on my phone but unfortunately, most contact apps on Android — whether the default Android People app or the alternatives made by Samsung or LG or HTC — don’t offer a simple duplicate searching and merging option. Enter Merge+, the easiest and fastest way to merge duplicates on Android. Here’s how to use it.
Step 1: Search for Duplicates
After downloading Merge+ and opening it for the first time, you will be faced with the most simple app interface you have ever seen. And for its purposes, it doesn’t need to be anything else. There are 2 buttons, one that starts searching for duplicates, and another that allows you to download Contacts+, the team’s complete contact management solution. Click on Find Duplicates and the app will start crawling through your contact list, looking for any repeated contacts. Once done, a notification icon will appear with the number of duplicates found.
Step 2: Merging Suggestions
Clicking on the notification opens a second screen within the app that displays all the suggested duplicates that the app found. You can expand any of these to view more detailed information about them, and then check or uncheck the ones you want to merge. Once you’re done, click Merge and… well, ta-da, you’re done!
Step 3: Did it Work?
The job is done, it’s as simple as that. But if you want to verify what happened to your contacts and whether the merger carried over all the details, you can head to your People / Contacts app and search for the cards that you just merged. You’ll find that the phone numbers, emails, etc have been put together in one card instead of multiple ones.
For over a year, I have been using Google Contacts’ website to find and merge duplicates. It’s a tedious process because I have to remember to open the website on my computer every few weeks, whereas the bulk of my contact management is nowadays associated with my phone. Now with Merge+, I can keep the app installed and open it every couple of weeks, do a quick search and merge contacts on the fly if I ever discover duplicates. It takes less than a minute and is as efficient as possible.