How to delete a contact in Telegram

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On the Telegram messaging app, you can delete each contact individually or delete them all at once. Not only that, but you can also delete contacts on Telegram from your PC, Android device or iPhone. Also, no matter what device you use for this, it will only take you a minute or two.

In this guide, we are going to show you how to delete contacts on Telegram using different devices.



How to delete contacts in Telegram on PC

When you first create your Telegram account, all contacts on your phone are synced to your account. And since Telegram is a cloud-based app, all contacts and messages are synced to your cloud storage. On the other hand, when you add a contact to your Telegram contact list, they will also be automatically uploaded to your phone's contact list.

Since you can add as many Telegram contacts as you want, it can be easy for your contact list to accumulate the names of people you rarely talk to. Fortunately, deleting contacts on Telegram only requires a few steps. Although it is easier to delete your Telegram contacts on your mobile phone, it can also be done on the desktop app.

Regardless of the operating system you have on your PC or laptop, deleting contacts on the Telegram desktop app requires the same steps. You can choose to delete one contact, multiple contacts, or all of your contacts at once.

Contact unique

To delete a single contact on Telegram on your PC, here is what you need to do:


  1. Launch the Telegram app on your desktop.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Select "Contacts" from the left sidebar.
  4. Find the contact you want to delete. When you click on their name, you will be taken to their contact details page.

    Notes: If you have never talked to this person before on the app, your chat will be empty.
  5. Go to the three dots in the upper right corner.
  6. Choose "Delete Contact" from the drop-down menu.
  7. Select "Delete" again to confirm.

That's all we can say about it. To do this, you can use both the desktop app and the web app.


Keep in mind that once you delete a contact from the app, the contact's phone number will not be deleted from your phone's contact list. All you have to do to remove a Telegram contact from your phone's contact list is remove it like you would any other contact.

Even if you deleted the contact, the chat you have with that person will remain on your telegram. If you also want to delete the chat, you have to find it. Next, click on the three dots in the upper right corner again and select “Delete chat”.

All contacts

You also have the option to delete all your Telegram contacts at once. Keep in mind that you cannot use the Telegram desktop app to delete multiple contacts. Instead, you should use the web app. Here's how it's done:


  1. Open the Telegram web app. You can use any web browser to do this.
  2. Log in to your Telegram account.
  3. Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of your screen.
  4. Go to "Contacts" in the left sidebar.
  5. Choose "Edit".
  6. Select all your contacts in your Telegram contact list.
  7. Click on the "Delete" button.
  8. Confirm that you want to delete all of your contacts.

How to Delete Contacts in Telegram on Android Device

Deleting all your contacts on the mobile app is much easier. Unlike the desktop app, the mobile app can be used to delete one contact at a time or to delete multiple contacts. When you delete a contact from your Telegram contact list, they will not be notified that you deleted them.


Here is how to delete a single contact and all contacts from Telegram on your Android device:

Contact unique

If you want to delete a contact from the Telegram app on your Android, here is what you need to do:

  1. Open the Telegram app on your Android.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Select "Contacts".
  4. Find the person you want to remove from the contact list and tap on their name.
  5. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.
  6. Select "Delete" from the drop-down menu.
  7. Confirm that you want to delete them.

Even if you deleted them from your Telegram contact list, their number will still be saved in your Android contact list. Therefore, you need to access your device's contact list and delete them as well.


Remember to also delete your chat history with that Telegram user if you have one. You can do this by opening your chat, tapping the three dots in the top right corner, and selecting "Delete chat."

To make sure your Telegram contacts aren't synced to your phone's contact list from this point on, here's what you need to do:


  1. Open Telegram and tap on the three horizontal lines.
  2. Go to "Settings" in the left sidebar.
  3. Go to “Privacy and security”.
  4. In the "Contacts" section, turn on the "Sync Contacts" switch.

All contacts

Although you can use the web app on your phone to delete all your Telegram contacts, there is another way to do it. Follow the steps below on how to do this:

  1. Open Telegram on your Android.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the app.
  3. Go to the "Settings" tab in the left menu.
  4. Switch to the “Privacy” option.
  5. Go to the “Contacts” section.
  6. Disable the "Delete synced contacts" option.

Not only will this remove all your contacts from the Telegram app, but also from your phone's contact list.

How to Delete Contacts in Telegram on iPhone

Deleting Telegram contacts on your iPhone is a relatively simple process. Not only can you delete your contacts from the Telegram app, but you can also disable the contact sync feature. We'll show you how to do both.

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If you want to delete a single contact on Telegram on your iPhone, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Telegram on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the "Contacts" tab in the left corner of the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the "Search" bar and find the contact you want to delete.
  4. Go to their details page and tap on their user avatar in the top right corner of your screen.
  5. Choose "Edit".
  6. Go to "Delete Contact" at the bottom of their details page.
  7. Confirm that you want to delete them.

Unlike Telegram on Android devices, when you delete a Telegram contact from your iPhone, they will also be deleted from your contact list. To make sure that Telegram contacts aren't automatically downloaded to your iPhone's contact list, here's what you need to do:

  1. Launch the telegram.
  2. Press the three horizontal lines.
  3. Select "Settings" from the left sidebar.
  4. Switch to “Privacy”.
  5. In the "Contacts" section, turn on the "Sync Contacts" switch.

All contacts

To delete several or all contacts from your Telegram contact list on your iPhone, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Telegram on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner.
  3. Go to "Settings" in the left menu.
  4. Switch to “Privacy”.
  5. Toggle the "Delete synced contacts" switch.

That's it. Now all your Telegram contacts will be deleted at once.

Delete all unnecessary contacts from Telegram

There are several ways to delete your Telegram contacts, whether you delete several or just one. You can delete your Telegram contacts using the mobile app, desktop app, or web app. You can even turn off the option to sync Telegram contacts with your phone, so you won't have to delete the same contacts twice.

Have you ever deleted a contact in Telegram before? What method did you use to do it? Let us know in the comments section below.

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