Some time ago I have synced my Facebook contacts (using Facebook for Android app) with my contacts. I also have my Gmail account synchronized. Having all those contacts is too much.

I went to Account and synchronization and turned off Facebook synchronization. Also in Google account I unchecked the Synchronize contacts box (however I still synchronize Gmail, Picasa, Calender and Google Reader).

Now the contacts are not in my contact list, but when I want to send SMS, I still have to browse trough all Gmail, Facebook and local contacts. That's too many entries and it's hard to find the right number. How to get rid of Gmail and Facebook contacts completely?

Also, when I go to Dialer, all my Facebook friends, who shared their phone numbers, appear there. How to remove those entries also?

I'm using Android 2.3.5

  • Do you use the stock SMS App?
    – Flow
    May 17, 2012 at 10:20
  • Yes, my device has vanilla Android without any branding/mods/custom UI.
    – Tschareck
    May 17, 2012 at 10:22

1 Answer 1


On Contacts tab of stock contacts app, hit Options button. Then, choose more ~> Display Options.

On this screen, un-check Only contacts with phone numbers. Then, check all accounts whose contacts you want to delete (like Facebook, all Gmail groups). And, un-check all accounts whose contacts you don't want to delete (like Phone, SIM). Tap Save button after you finished checking and un-checking.

On Contacts tab, hit Options button again. Choose Delete this time. On next screen, tap Select all and then Delete button. Done!

After this, again go to display options to display your contacts which weren't deleted.

  • The trick is, that I needed to check at least Local contacts as well. Otherwise list would be empty when I go to Delete.
    – Tschareck
    Jun 2, 2012 at 17:41
  • @Tschareck No... Delete pulls list from current view.
    – iOS
    Jun 2, 2012 at 17:48

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