Contact Clearout gives you a visual overview of group memberships. By sorting on groups you can get a picture of group membership patterns. A single click will move a contact in or out of a group.
Important: Before you start – always back up your contacts
. Even if individual restore is possible – just going back to where you started is a good option to have in reserve.
Your eyes are the best at spotting out of date or mangled contacts. So, unless you have a very large number of contacts, do a visual scan of all your contacts (Contact Clearout is designed to make this stage as quick and fluid as possible with ‘no click’ mouse rollover).
After the backup and visual scan it’s time for that standard search for identical duplicate contacts – remove or link identical and similar contacts. Ideally you would keep a backup of the deleted contacts – mistakes always happen!
After the conventional scan there is one more thing to do – get rid of those dangerous near contacts – Contact Clearout will help you look for and merge contacts that might be for the same person but have different information.
If you use groups, you might want to check them and to look at how you are using them.
Never remove duplicates that are on different sources (On My Mac, Google, iCloud etc.) because depending on your setup, subsequent syncing may remove all the copies. Let the Apple Contacts app make them into linked contacts. None of our apps will do this unless you explicitly configure them.
The Clearout family of apps are designed to make this process as fast and as simple as possible. They will find identical duplicates and suggest possible matches. They will let you scan at speed through your contacts with just a mouse movement or scroll. Contact Clearout provides tools for visually analyzing group membership. All the apps work with Yosemite and El Capitan. Address Book Clearout also supports legacy systems.