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How to Sync Contacts with Gmail:

On your phone goto: Menu, Settings, Accounts and Sync, Put a checkmark in Background data and Auto-sync.

THEN, Select your google account at the bottom (under Manage Accounts), put a checkmark in Sync Contacts and the other boxes (as desired). You probably should select to sync them all (contacts, gmail and calendar).

If you account does not appear, you will need to click Add Account and use the same account information as you use online at www.gmail.com

People App Settings: On the phone, open People App and select Menu, View. Put a Checkmark in Google and Phone. The others are optional. This will also show you how many contacts are marked as Phone and how many are marked as Google. All but 1 or 2 should be marked as Google. If not, you will need to change the contact type to Google for each of your contacts. When you first create a contact, you given the choice of a google contact or a phone contact. If you selected phone contact, it's not easy to change it to a google contact. I've found an app on the market that claims to convert phone contacts to google contacts. I have NOT tested it. Here it is: ContactSync http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/tools/contactsync_batb.html One user posted on the forum that it worked for him. However, I also found another solution which I think is more reliable and is recommended. See below "Change Contact type from Phone to Google"

How to Backup Contacts from Gmail: All contacts should be at www.gmail.com While at www.gmail.com using your PC, go to Contacts and be sure to export your contacts to a file as a backup: More Actions, Export, All Contacts, Google CSV format. Save the file on your PC and be sure to date the file for future reference.

How to Backup Contacts to SDCard: Open People App, Menu, Import/Export, Export to SD Card. Select your google account to backup all contacts. You can also backup "phone" contacts (you shouldn't have more than a couple - like your personal contact card).

Change Contact type from Phone to Google. If all your contacts are PHONE contacts and not gmail contacts, you can convert them to gmail contacts as follows. You can also try the app mentioned above, or this procedure which is recommended and tested by others. But I have not tested this personally.

Note: You can easily see which contacts are phone and which are google by opening the People App, selecting Menu, View and select only google. Go back to people and take a look at your contacts - these are google contacts. Now, do the same thing but only select Phone. Go back to people and take a look at your contacts - now these are only PHONE contacts.

First, turn off auto sync. Turn it back on when you're done. See above for directions.

1. Export all PHONE contacts in the phone to the SD card using Export Contacts (see above for instructions). Make a note of the backup vCard NAME!

2. Now that the Phone contacts have been exported in step 1, DELETE all PHONE contacts from the people app (otherwise you will have duplicates!). Be sure to change the view settings to Phone contacts only first (see Note above) so you know you're only deleting phone contacts.

3. Now, Select Import, choose your google account to import to, and then select Import one vCard File. From the list, Select the vCard file you created in Step 1.

4. All Phone contacts should now be imported as gmail contacts.


Don't forget to turn sync back on.



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Originally Posted by hakr100 View Post
OK...I did as you suggested...now how do I make my Inc back up contacts automatically to my gmail contacts and how do I restore from there if I have to do so?
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