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After installing Skype a week ago, my telephone agenda duplicated a lot of contacts, for many of them I have seven duplicates - therefore eight entries for each contact.

After installing WhatsApp, I had this problem too - many contacts had one duplicate. But after installing Skype, the telephone agenda is a horrible mess. For each such contact, Skype added five or six more duplicated contacts.

I tried to delete one such duplicated contact and I got the message "This contact is read-only. It can't be deleted, but you can hide it." - and below this message I get the buttons "Hide" and "Delete", but I tried the "Delete" button and it works, so it actually can be deleted! Which is really inconsistent.

So the question is: how can I get rid of all those duplicate contacts? (without having to delete them manually, one by one, of course)

On other phones, you can access WhatsApp from the main contact, it doesn't have to be duplicated in order to send a WhatsApp message from the main telephone contacts list.

My phone is Honor 7s.

The Android version is 8.1.0

I am using the Nova Launcher but it acts the same with the Huawei Home launcher too.

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    There are several duplicate cleanup apps available. I cannot say how well they work as I never had to revert to them: I use neither Skype nor WA, and rarely give an app other than dialer/SMS access to my contacts… – Izzy Mar 28 at 7:20
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in the contacts app, untick the "whatsapp, skype, etc.." from the "contacts to display" options, select "customize" and done!

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    Thanks but I don't have such options in the contacts app. In fact, on the Honor 7s phone I don't even have any options in the contacts app. I checked on a Galaxy A5 (2017) phone and it has an options menu (hamburger button) but it doesn't contain such options. What contacts app are you using? Can you show a screenshot with those two options please? – Joe Jobs Mar 28 at 23:24

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