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How do I delete text recipients in the drop down when you start

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How do I delete text recipients in the drop down when you start a brand new message?
Hello, my name is Jason. I look forward to helping you today.

Who is your e-mail provider (Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc)?
-- When you type the full address on this site, it is blocked.
-- What comes after the @ sign?
Which program do you use to access your email (Outlook, Mac Mail, Entourage, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc)?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I am not referring to email- I am referring to text on my iphone 5

Thank you for the update and sorry for the confusion.
I am not following 100%. May I ask for you to elaborate a little on what you are asking about?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

OK, when I start a brand new text and start to type a name in, say Sarah, I get a drop down of all my friends old numbers that have been deleted from my contacts plus their new numbers - llike this:

Sarah G ***** *** ***

Sarah ***** *** ***

Sarah Go ***** *** ***

How do I delet the bottom two?

This is a very common issue with the iPhone.
Please, follow the instructions that I typed below for you (I am using your example as mine too):
- Create a new message
- Type in: Sarah
- Tap the contact you wish to remove, choose Edit Contact, and then delete it.
There is a quicker way to do this, but it requires you to restore your iPhone and then restore from a backup.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

This does not work- all it does if I tap the contact is bring it up into the send bar like I am going to send a message to that person.

I'm sorry. I think I left out a very important step.
You have to have a current conversation with the contact that you wish to edit details for and then delete.
- Create a new message
- Type in: Sarah
- Tap the contact you wish to remove, send one message.
- Now you will have a message thread.
- On the top of the message thread, tap Edit Contact, and delete it.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

If I do that all I get is

Edit- which means I can delete certain messages

Add contact


Face Time

There is not an edit contact button.

Did you already send that contact a message?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Very curious.
Make sure you are tapping the contact and not the message.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

These are contacts that have been deleted already and they do not appear as contacts in my phone contatcs. Just in the message drop down.

I understand.
You must start a text conversation with the unwanted contact, then you will be able to edit contact/delete.
Another way to do this is as follows.
You will have to restore the iPhone to a base firmware install, which will erase everything on the iPhone, but you can later restore the contents of the iPhone to a backup that you have on the computer (the same computer you used in the past to sync the phone with):
- You will need to have the iTunes application installed first. If you do not have it, you can download it for free from the following site:
- Press and hold the top power button until the iPhone turns off
- Connect the iPhone to the computer that you have been using the phone and iTunes with
- Hold down the HOME button on the front while pressing the Power button (continue holding the home button)
- Continue to hold the HOME button until you see the "Connected to iTunes" message
Option 1: In the Summary tab, click Restore and follow the prompts. (THIS WILL ERASE everything on the iPhone and make it just as it was when you first purchased the phone).
Option 2: Click the button on the top right of the iTunes window for your (iPhone) and then click the Restore button.
- Once that is complete, right click the iPhone listing in the left panel of the iTunes window
- Choose "Restore from Backup"
- Choose a backup date and restore.
Now your iPhone will be back up and have all the restored information from your last sync.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have started a new message with the unwanted "ghost" contact but I do not get edit contact as, I assume, they are no longer in my contacts. I can do it with existing contacts but not those erased already.

In that case, you will have to follow the instructions that I posted above.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Is this because I am on old software?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

And can I restore from ICloud?

Yes, that is the plan. After you run that, restore from iCloud.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

This will have to be a last resort.

I agree.
That is the only way known to me or anyone else that I can find.
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