Forum Question: Mac Mail/contacts/ Creates Multiple Cards Of Same Contact?

Macbook pro 13″ ver 10.11.6 late 2008
Problem:- mail/contacts/ creates multiple cards of same contact? I have tried deleting them but they reappear?
Any help would be great,
Thanks Brian
Brian Edmond

Comments: 5 Responses to “Mac Mail/contacts/ Creates Multiple Cards Of Same Contact?”

    10/27/16 @ 11:09 am

    It shouldn’t. But perhaps you have multiple sources (accounts) in your Contacts app. For instance, it is possible to have local (old On My Mac) contacts, iCloud contacts, Google (Gmail) contacts, and many other account types. So you may seem to have the same contact twice, but one is in iCloud and the other in Gmail, or On My Mac.
    In the Contacts app, go to Contacts, Preferences, Accounts. See what you have. Maybe do a little house-cleaning. Personally, I have all of my contacts in iCloud and have removed any old local On My Mac contacts and don’t enable Gmail to use Contacts. So everything is in one place.

    Brian Edmond
    10/27/16 @ 11:15 am

    Gary It is only when I select :- (All Icloud) in contacts some names have as many as 50 cards?

    10/27/16 @ 11:23 am

    So you have no other accounts? Not sure how come you have so many duplicates. I’d clean it up and pay careful attention to what happens when you add new contacts and such to see what action you are taking that may be creating these.

    Brian Edmond
    10/27/16 @ 5:15 pm

    Yes I have Google, and a smart group contacts

    10/27/16 @ 5:49 pm

    So I would look closely at that. You probably have Google, iCloud and possibly local “on my Mac” contacts as well. Ignore the “smart groups” as they are just saved searches. Look through your contacts in each account and spend some time cleaning them up.

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