When you go to share something on your iPhone, iOS tries to be helpful by displaying a row of suggested contacts at the top of the Share menu. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of them.

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Whenever you go to share something on your ‌iPhone‌ or iPad using the Share button, iOS brings up a Share menu – often called the Share Sheet – at the top of which is a row of suggested contacts with whom you've interacted recently. Swiping along this row reveals more contacts, and the icon in the corner of each profile picture indicates the app that you often use to communicate with that person.

These suggested contacts are useful if you share a lot of things with the same people, but there may be times when you'd prefer not to see specific contacts there, for example if someone is a duplicate suggestion over multiple apps, or if you don't want to draw attention to your regular comms with a certain someone. Whatever the reason, you can actually steer these sharing suggestions to appear less often, or not at all. Here's how.

Make Contacts Appear Less Often in the Share Menu

  1. Tap the Share button (the box with an arrow pointing out) in any app to bring up the Share Sheet.
  2. Long press on the suggested contact that you want to see less often in the Share menu.
  3. Tap Suggest Less in the popover menu.

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Bear in mind, doing this won't guarantee that the contact doesn't appear in the Share Sheet again in future, but if you keep repeating it whenever they do show up, iOS will eventually get the message.

Remove All Contacts From iPhone Share Menu

Short of deleting their contact in the Contacts app, the only way to guarantee that someone doesn't keep turning up on your Share Sheet is to disable the contact suggestions row completely.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Siri & Search.
  3. Under the "Suggestions From Apple" section, toggle off the switch next to Show When Sharing.

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That's all there is to it. Now the next time you invoke the Share Sheet, you won't see any contact profiles at the top. You can reverse the change just as easily by switching on the Show When Sharing toggle again.

Top Rated Comments

Klae17 Avatar
4 weeks ago
I just like talking sh*t about Brenda from Accounting and don’t want to accidentally share with the group chat.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ozaz Avatar
4 weeks ago

Why is some of this advice seemingly towards those who as you put it ‘if you don't want to draw attention to your regular comms with a certain someone.’ So cheaters? Liars?

Hey, MR if you want to encourage deception why not just tell people about Snapchat and the way it works, that stuff deletes itself and you don’t need to adjust your phones settings to obscure who you’re communicating with in secrecy from the people actually around you. ?‍♂️
Personally, I just don't like it when phones/computers try to "helpfully" surface information/access points they think I need, leading to modification of an interface. I'd much rather an interface remained fixed and under my control.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fatTribble Avatar
4 weeks ago
Like many features in iOS, I think having the ability just to choose the contacts to display would be better than trying to figure out what I want. So often iOS wants to do something automatically when I’d much rather just have the control over it. ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
noblesoul117 Avatar
4 weeks ago
This is exactly what I needed! I remember during the beta I gave Apple feedback about how much I disliked this feature.

As an introvert, I don’t even want to be bothered with thinking of a person or being reminded of them, unless I already have the intention to connect. I can’t stand these inane “social features” that get baked in everywhere. My phone is my most private computer, not an octopus for reaching out to everyone I’ve barely talked to.

Very happy that this is one of those “Apple Things” we can actually change, and that I learned how to do so from this article. I should’ve hunted this down way earlier but gave up when Apple never responded in the beta feedback.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TechRemarker Avatar
4 weeks ago
iOS does not get the message if you keep hiding. You can hide a person daily for a year and they will keep coming back if you keep messaging them. Which is unfortunate since there are people in life you have to message but that you definitely do not want to mistakenly text when clicking on the face of someone who you do text all the time. Hate you can’t block people for good or have that section only show favorited people.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Japan Ricardo Avatar
4 weeks ago
The feature would be good quite if it worked. When I share something, the suggested people always seem to include ones I don't want to share with, and never the one person I do...
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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