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There are 1253 contacts separated by last name Alpha in 26 labels. I just imported the list to create ONE label for ALL those contacts. Now the number of contacts has doubled. I want to get rid of the two new labels, but am fearful if I deleted the label and all the contacts within it - the contacts in the individual alpha folders will also be deleted. That is what I want to avoid.

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Delete the labels. Deleting labels won't delete contacts or messages tagged to these labels.

To get rid of duplicate contacts merge them.

From Google Contacts Help:

If you have duplicate listings for the same person in Google Contacts, you can merge them.

You can't merge contacts that are saved in different Google Accounts.

Merge duplicates

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click Duplicates.
  3. In the top right, click Merge all. Or, review each duplicate and click Merge.
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