How to Delete Read Only Contacts on Android

Having read only contacts on your Android device can be annoying as you can’t edit or delete them.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to remove read only contacts on Android using various methods.

Using the Contacts App

The easiest way to delete read only contacts is directly in the Contacts app.

Step 1

Open the Contacts app on your Android device.

Step 2

Tap on the read only contact you want to delete.

Step 3

Tap the Menu button (3 vertical dots) in the top right corner.

Step 4

Select ‘Delete’ and confirm by tapping ‘OK’ to delete the read only contact.

Using Safe Mode

If the above method doesn’t work, you can boot your device into safe mode and delete read only contacts.

Step 1

Turn off your Android device.

Step 2

Press and hold the Power button to turn it back on. When you see the brand logo, release the Power button and press and hold the Volume Down button.

Step 3

Keep holding the Volume Down button until you see ‘Safe mode’ in the bottom left. Release the button and your phone will boot into safe mode.

Step 4

Open Contacts and delete the read only contact by tapping Menu > Delete.

Step 5

Restart your device to exit safe mode.

Using Android Device Manager

As a last resort, you can use the Android Device Manager web interface to delete contacts remotely.

Step 1

On your computer, go to

Step 2

Sign in with the Google account associated with your Android device.

Step 3

Select your device and click ‘Erase’ to factory reset your device and delete all data including contacts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are some contacts read only?

Contacts may be read only if they were added from an account that doesn’t allow editing like WhatsApp or social media. They may also be read only if added from a read only file or SIM card.

Is it safe to delete contacts in safe mode?

Yes, safe mode is designed to troubleshoot issues so it is safe to delete contacts. Just remember to restart your device when done to exit safe mode.

Will factory reset delete all contacts?

Yes, factory reset will delete all contacts, apps, files, and reset device settings. Be sure to backup contacts before factory reset.

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