Ever since the introduction of iOS 6, the iPhone and other iOS devices such as the iPad and iPod Touch have been closely integrated with Facebook. You can easily share webpages, videos, and posts you find online directly with your Facebook friends and it is all native to iOS 6. You can also share photos and videos to your Facebook wall directly from the native Photos application. You can even post your Facebook status via Siri.
One love-it or hate-it feature of the iPhone’s native Facebook integration is the ability to source Facebook-friend data into the iPhone contact list. The problem until recently with bringing in your Facebook friends’ data to your iPhone contacts is the clutter that this brings to your iPhone address book. New contact entries containing little more than Facebook nickname information are created and added to the iPhone Contacts app.
In June, Facebook announced a fix with an update to the Facebook iOS app. Instead of creating extra contact entries without useful contact info, Facebook now only sources data to already existing contacts on the iPhone. All new contact entries created via Facebook contact sync were now automatically removed from the iPhone contacts list.
The fix was met with an even larger confusion by iPhone Facebook users who woke up in the morning realizing that half or more of their previous contact list was gone. In any case, the deleted contact entries were only the ones created by Facebook on your iPhone which contained little to nothing more than the person’s Facebook profile name (nickname).
However, if you would still like to opt out from Facebook’s integration with iPhone’s address book, here is how to delete Facebook friends from iPhone’s contacts list.
1. On the iPhone, navigate to Settings > Facebook
2. Place the Contacts switch from ON to OFF
3. That’s it; you just unlinked Facebook integration from your iPhone address book.