How to merge Facebook contacts on your iPhone 5, iOS 6 device

Integrating Facebook to your iPhone 5 is a nifty new feature of Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 6.

When you activate your Facebook account on your iPhone 5, iOS 6 will offer to import your Facebook calendar and contact information.

But one drawback we found with integrating Facebook to your iPhone 5 is that you’ll end up with duplicate contact information for some of your Facebook friends.

For example, I have a friend that goes by “Mike” on my iPhone 5. But on Facebook, he goes by “Michael.” So when I integrated Facebook and my iPhone 5, I ended up with two contacts for him.


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Fortunately, fixing duplicates is easy.

You can quickly do this by going into the Contacts app and clicking on one of the duplicates. Once on the person’s page, click on “Edit” at the top right. Scroll down to the bottom and find a field that reads “Link Contact.” Click that and select the contact you want to link to.

Once you’ve done that, the two sets of information are combined and you are good to go. You can also do this on any iOS 6 device, not just the iPhone 5.


And if you’d like to hide all of your friends’ birthdays from your Calendar app, simply go to the app, click on “Calendars” on the top right and uncheck “Birthdays” below where it says “Facebook.” You can do the same to disable “Facebook Events.”


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