Q: My deleted contacts still show up when I want to send a text message.
"My deleted contacts still show up when I want to send a text message. But when I go to my address book, there're not there. Only when I want to send a text MSG, their name comes up. And if I select them, it only shows the numbers but not name in the message. How can I get rid of that?" -- From Apple Forum
As for the recently deleted contacts on your iPhone, whenever you write a text message, the message app usually pops up with the phone numbers and names of people that you regularly contact with. iOS device is good at remember things, from browser history, to call log, to iCloud documents, to recently deleted csontacts and pictures. Sometimes it's good, but sometimes it becomes frustrating.
So if you want to remove the recently deleted contacts showing up in text history, how do you do? Here in this article, you are offered two solutions for your reference.
Every time you want to send a message, the recent contacts always appears in text history and it is annoying, right? Actually you can remove the recent contacts directly from your iPhone's Messages app. But the thing is you have to delete them one by one from your Message app.
Here is the instructions:
Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and go to your Contacts app to confirm that you have deleted the unwanted phone number or contacts from your Address book.
Step 2. Then switch to the Messages app, create a new message and start to type the name or phone number of the contact you want to remove.
Step 3. When the unwanted contact appears in text history, tap the circled "i" icon on the right of the contact to bring out the new contact information window.
Step 4. Then please find out and tap "Remove From Recents" option. Check if it is the contact you want to remove when it suggests, if yes, please tap it to delete the unwanted phone number once and for all.
Step 5. After removing the unwanted contact information, you will be returned to the New Message window, where you'll notice that the unwanted contact is gone and only the correct contact information from your Contacts app is displayed.
You might consider it a hassle to delete recent contacts from iPhone Message app one by one, and it could be a lot of work if you want to confirm that you have deleted all the unwanted recent contacts from your iPhone or iPad without omission. So here a professional iOS Data Eraser - Deleted Contact Eraser for iOS is recommended for you.
With it, you can systematically manage all the contacts on your iPhone/iPad/iPod in a program, including the existing ones and deleted ones. You can selectively or wholly erase the recently deleted contacts showing up in text history on your iOS device after previewing. Apart from deleted contacts, you can also erase the deleted messages, calendars, reminders, voice memos, photos, notes, call history, Safari bookmarks and etc. from your iDevice with no opportunity to restore.
Below are the free trail of the program in Mac and Windows version, please download in on your computer and start to erase the recent contacts showing up in iPhone text history with ease now.
Here is how:
Step 1. Launch the recommended iPhone Deleted Contact Eraser tool after installation, and connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable. Then the program will detect the connected device automatically.
Note: All iOS device are compatible with the program, including iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/SE, iPad Pro, the new iPad, iPad Air, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPod touch and etc.
Step 2. Choose "Erase Deleted Files" mode on the interface to erase deleted contacts on iPhone. Then the program will start to scan and analyze the iPhone files. After a while, the deleted private data will be detected by the program.
Step 3. Under the "Deleted data" category, please click "Contacts" tab to preview all the deleted contact history on your phone. Select the unwanted contact while previewing and then click "Erase Now" to wipe them out of your device. Thus the recent contacts will not show up in text history from your Message app now.