1.    14 Jun 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jan 2016
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    Sync Contacts


    The way I have my android phone contacts currently set up, it becomes an unmanageable mess. If I allow my phone contacts to sync with Gmail, I can end up with duplicates (quadruplicates, actually) of the same contacts, multiple phone numbers on the same line, phone numbers and notes/addresses on the same line, etc. I'm sure there a those of you out there that can relate to this.

    It renders the phone list practically useless, particularly to voice calling, etc.

    I don't want email address contacts in my phone list. Can I isolate a phone contact list group in Gmail, and only have that list sync with my android phone contacts?

    The reason is twofold. On my computer I also maintain the "local" Contacts folder (not the "People" list) as a mirror image of my phone contacts. In order to keep the phone list and computer lists in sync, I can export the computer contacts to a .vcf file, and easily and quickly directly import the list into my phone contacts.

    The obstacle with this method is that going in the other direction (phone to computer) is too inconvenient to consider if you have 400+ contacts. If I export from my phone .vcf file to the computer, when I try to import it to my computer list, It becomes a folder with individual contacts, only allowing me import "one" contact at a time.
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  2.    16 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
    Posts : 4,000
    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    Hi kitpzyxmsir

    Some of these processes don't consider an import as a Sync, they treat as a new record and can or cannot combine them. On my wife's S3 she was getting contacts from several sources and they were all combined although they did indicate where they were coming from.

    First I'm not sure what Android version you are running but most have settings to decide what contacts to show, that is they can show the local phone contacts, contacts from this email account or that email account. It could also be set to show all and in some cases it merges. Sounds like that is what you are seeing.

    In the upper right corner there is an icon, if you tap it should lead you towards this ability to select which contacts you want to show. I worked on one and there were three bars in upper left. Any way you want to to get to a point where you can select what contacts to show, I think. (I followed your other thread and your set up is very specific.)

    In terms of gmail I would log into my account and head to contacts. This should immediate start the Duplicate process allowing you to decide how you want them handled. If you imported to gmail more than once I found weirdness can occur. I use gmail as my backup contacts, mine are synced through outlook.com. So before I import into gmail I delete all contacts and then import them from my export created from outlook.

    Finally there is no reason that I'm aware of that you can't open a new gmail account and use it strictly for your address book with only phone numbers. Then link to phone and set the appropriate display options in Contacts, Calendars, etc.


    Ken
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  3.    17 Jun 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2016
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    Hi Ken, thanks for responding and confirming a few things for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    First I'm not sure what Android version you are running but most have settings to decide what contacts to show, that is they can show the local phone contacts, contacts from this email account or that email account. It could also be set to show all and in some cases it merges. Sounds like that is what you are seeing
    I wish I had talked to you a long time ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    In terms of gmail I would log into my account and head to contacts. This should immediate start the Duplicate process allowing you to decide how you want them handled. If you imported to gmail more than once I found weirdness can occur. I use gmail as my backup contacts, mine are synced through outlook.com. So before I import into gmail I delete all contacts and then import them from my export created from outlook.
    When I went into my gmail contacts, I had about 10 differently dated imported "groups" that I had no Idea where they came from and were responsible for mess there (the "My Contacts" group list had almost 800 contacts, when there should have only been around 400) as well as in my phone (Galaxy s6)
    contacts.

    I paid the price for failing to learn at least the fundamentals of managing gmail/yahoo contacts until now. I had to manually edit that awful mess. Merging duplicates doesn't help much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caledon Ken View Post
    Finally there is no reason that I'm aware of that you can't open a new gmail account and use it strictly for your address book with only phone numbers. Then link to phone and set the appropriate display options in Contacts, Calendars, etc.
    That's the way I will approach it, since you can set up your phone to single out which gmail account will sync contacts on the phone.

    My main obstacle was finding a way to coordinate/sync my local computer contact list and my phone contact list. You can't export the android list and directly import it into the computer list. Now I can do it easily by utilizing gmail as a middleman to create a backup of my android phone list that is compatible for importing into my local contacts.
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  4.    18 Jun 2017 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Caledon, Ontario, Canada
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    Windows 10 Pro Build 1703

    I'm glad the forum could be of assistance. Take care.
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