By Aston Shaheen
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Contacts Cleaner analyzes, reports, and fixes dozens of problems with OS X Contacts and Apple Sync Services—problems ranging from the obvious, such as duplicated contacts, to the subtle, such as invalid characters and poorly formatted contact names.
Your contacts are the center of your personal social network, and as such are often synchronized among your Mac, your iPhone, and many other apps, services, and devices. Contacts Cleaner finds and fixes the little problems that can creep in while you're not looking.
Note: Contacts Cleaner currently does not fix contacts hosted on an Exchange server. Contacts Cleaner does work with iCloud.
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What's New in Version 1.7.3
* Compatible with Mac OS X 10.11
* Bug fixes
* Minor UI tweaks
* New app icon
* Rebranded part of "Cleaner Tools for Mac"
New in version 1.7.2:
* Read-only contacts (such as those from Facebook) are handled better
* Better handling of pause command (",") in phone numbers
* Fixed a problem with international codes when fixing phone numbers
* You can now set a default area code to use when fixing phone numbers
Best I’ve used
I am in sales and collect contact information at a astonashing rate. If I am at an event or conference I can easily collect 50 cards and a lot of other misc. data. My phone is where it gets stuck, and over time it becomes unruly and needs a good cleaning.
I started a new job with a new system, and it duplicated my contacts, and resorted things into a real mess. LinkedIn screwed up my list real good too.
The first de-duplicator I bought doesn’t allow you to fix anything in bulk. Meaning- it pulls every contact and asks what you want to do. I had 7800 contacts- this was an impossible task.
I bought this app and it groups the errors into similar kinds, allows you to determine the logic of fixing that group (merge, delete, delete the bad variable, etc). I’m 20 minutes into the cleanup and have reduced my list from 7800 entries to 1994. It just cleaned up 720 duplicated ‘notes’! Just what I needed! And so cheap compared to the time it saved!
Worth the money - could be better
I like many considered nogt paying for this app. When i used it I was a bit disappointed; somehow I expected more. However, as i use it I am finding my contacts to be neater and cleaner. My international numbers it still treats as composed incorrectly (but it does stop bugging after a point). Because of the squared away feeling my contacts now have, I have finally moved into correcting pronounciations and relationships.
I wish it did more such as taking one contact into two. e.i. I had many married people in one contact; now all as individuals. I had many businesses with named people as one contact; now each and the company as one also.
I like that at th end of a scan I know all my contacts are there, not dupplicated many times and it sees no errors.
Best So Far
I was hesitant to pay for this app, i’ve had several attempts to clean up my contacts and merge between different accounts (google, icloud, etc). It won’t go through your exchange accounts but I was fine with that this was fantastic. 4.99 was totally worth it for this one clean up system. It took me 20 min to clean up hundreds and hundreds of contacts and that was at the same time I was dealing with 3 kids and getting breakfast ready. Perfect! Now pull in exchange and we got the best clean up ever. Definately a need for this when you’ve had several accounts over the years of email and handheld media progression.