iPhone SE 2020 , How to Delete a Contact (Phone Number)
How Can You Delete Your Number From Someone Else’s Phone?
There are a few ways to go about this project. We can start with the easiest. You can ask them to delete your number. Regardless of why you want your number deleted, this is usually the easiest option.
This doesn’t require you to gain access to their phone or go through any convoluted processes. If you ask and they comply, your number gets deleted, and that’s that.
If they refuse, or if asking is out of the question, then the only way forward is to gain access to the phone. There are reasonable ways to go about that, and there are illegal practices that might work. We will not be discussing the latter.
You need access to the phone, and physical access is going to be easier to get than remote access. Before going forward, remember that phones are expensive objects, and taking a phone from someone without permission can be an illegal act. At minimum, it can prove to be a civil violation.
Assuming you can legally get your hands on the phone, deleting the number is easy. Navigate to your contact in their phone. Then, choose to delete the contact.
It might ask you if you are sure you want to do that. Confirm the action, and your number is now removed from their phone. Unfortunately, you’re not necessarily done here.
Modern phones have a lot of redundancy. Usually, that’s a good thing. If your contacts were unintentionally deleted, you would probably appreciate having a backup somewhere, and developers have worked automatic backups into their phone systems.
Because of this, your number is probably in a cloud backup. It also might have automatically synced to the contacts of other devices this person owns.
Here’s the thing with cloud backups. When they are set to automatically sync, that works in your favor. When you manually delete a contact, the automatic synchronization will delete your contact from every associated device, including the cloud.
If backups are not automatically syncing, things get tougher. That means that you would need to find the appropriate backup (or backups) with your number and delete them accordingly.
Realistically, this is not a viable option, and you risk destroying data far beyond your own phone number. It’s best to just check that contacts are syncing and let the automated software do its job.
Depending on your motivation, there may be a temptation to use a third-party service or software that would allow you to access someone’s phone or remove a contact remotely. At best, these apps are unethical. In many cases, they operate on illegal principles.
In many other cases, they don’t actually work. The general advice here is to avoid such software and services altogether. The steps in the next section offer more reliable and legal alternatives.