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