I have 3 google accounts which have a bunch of auto-populated email addresses and contacts I have never intended to add to my android

I went to Settings > Accounts > Google > foobar@gmail.com > Contacts > Switched toOFF

HOWEVER when I go back to the phone app, all of the garbage auto-populated email addresses are STILL THERE. And when I select one of them, it clearly indicates with a google logo it was "synced from google account".

I intentionally don't use Google stuff. I want it off my phone.

Lollipop 5.1 Galaxy S6

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    I haven't done that, and thus can only give an "educated guess": You've already switched of sync for those accounts you don't want the contacts from. Make a backup from the others, just to be safe. Then go to Settings › Apps, select the "All" tab, and check for something like "contact storage" (not sure how it's called exactly on Lollipop). Chose to delete its cache and data. That gets you rid of all contacts on your device – and afterwards, only those from the accounts with sync enabled should be sync'd back to it.
    – Izzy
    Jul 6 '15 at 13:53
  • Iam pissed off with Google screwing around with my contacts and am amazed at this bizarre piece of software. When I got this phone a friend said don't trust Google with anything to do with syncing especially your contacts. Trying to backup the remaining disaster has only made problems worse. Don't, repeat DON'T LET GOOGLE NEAR YOUR CONTACTS.
    – user177961
    Jul 23 '16 at 2:16
  • LineageOS + pico gApps is a very difficult phone overhaul that can do this.
    – Jonathan
    Jan 24 '19 at 18:00
  • LineageOS without any GApps is the better solution. Especially when the OP states "I intentionally don't use Google stuff. I want it off my phone." If you need parts of that: microG provides a compatible API that replaces "things Google" by "things FOSS" – e.g. the maps API uses OSM, and so on.
    – Izzy
    Jan 24 '19 at 21:24

You have done half the work.

By this query we can understand that this new Google's people details sync should be turned off too together with Google contacts as this new service connecting you with others via some other platforms such as Google+.

Follow these steps:

Go to Contacts app-Open contact's settings(by touching 3 dots on the upper right corner)-Contacts to display(select account from which you want contacts from such as from 'phone contacts' or from a specific 'Google account'.

It's done.

Attaching picture to see inside settings of contacts app.

Contact app settings

Note: Be specific with an account as you can see in the picture samsung is taking contacts from all the apps that are telegram,paytm,hike, and even from samsung pay.


What you really need to do is go here Google Contacts.
Log-in with your account from which you want to delete contacts and then delete any contact you want from here.
Once deleted from here, they'll be deleted from everywhere.

  • What if I want them there but not on my phone?
    – Jonathan
    Dec 8 '18 at 7:37
  • @Jonathan Just untick contact sync in settings-accounts-google and delete those contacts from your phone. Dec 12 '18 at 13:06

After unsyncing the account you can use the Delete Contacts app.

This deletes all of the contacts on your phone, either group by group or all.

GeoffMcQueen mentions in his Removing Mistakenly Synced Contacts on Android blog post that this may take a while.

  1. In Settings/Account: remove or uncheck sync contact for the account
  2. I find this app, able to remove contacts by accounts: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lps.contactremover&rdid=com.lps.contactremover
  3. Group Filter, select the account
  4. Select All and delete

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