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Old October 21st, 2012, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Sync existing phone contacts with google contacts

Hello, I'm trying to help my aunt who's bought a new Samsung Ace to sync her existing contacts (some on sim card, some on phone memory) to her new google account. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to be unable to change the contact group (sim, phone or google.com account) once the contact exists, just right when creating the contact. Using Samsung Kies on her laptop, I saved her contacts to a CSV file that I tried to import to google contacts online. Google doesn't seem to recognize the contacts, as it creates many empty contacts named "unknown" instead of the names, numbers and addresses in the CSV file. So here's my question: Is it possible to copy/move/merge all her contacts saved on the phone to her google account, so that she'll have a full and up-to-date backup of all her contacts? Is there an app that could accomplish this task? If not and as exporting/importing (CSV) doesn't seem to work well for us, the only way seems to be to copy down each and every contact by hand and to create them anew, just saving them to google.com right away instead of the sim card or the phone memory? Also, contacts.google.com doesn't seem to be very intuitive when it comes to delete 400+ empty contacts named "unknown" - any suggestions here? Thanks a lot for any advice! Regards, Alex

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Android syncs contacts automatically. Does she have those contacts in the phonebook or its just a file somewhere in the phone storage?
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Thanks for your answer! Androids syncs Google-contacts automatically, yes. But as far as I know (I'm used to save my contacts as google contacts right away and it works just fine in my case), when creating/saving a new contact, you get to choose whether to save it a. on sim card b. on the phone storage or c. as a google contact (that gets synced automatically). In my aunt's case, her many contacts got mostly saved to phone or sim up to now so she has many contacts but they won't get synced as they are not "google contacts". She can choose to show all contacts (phone, sim, google) or to hide some of them, but as far as I can see, there's no way to *change* a contact saved on sim or phone to become a google contact (stored locally AND synced to google). At least no way provided by Android itself. Maybe there is some app or some other workaround to get existing SIM/PHONE contacts saved as google contacts? As for the file I mentioned, it is an exported backup file (CSV) of all of her contacts that for some reason Google.com won't interprete correctly (resulting in many empty "unknown" contacts). I would be happy with ANY workaround, be it a software better than KIES to export contacts to a file readable online by contacts.google.com or some app that reads all the sim/phone contacts to sync them to ones google account. I hope that I've made clear what the problem is and what's (in my understanding) the difference between sim/phone/google contacts. If you save a new contact to your phone and haven't set a default, you should get prompted whether to save it to sim card, to phone or to your google account. Now imagine you've saved hundreds of contacts to your sim or to your phone and find out about syncing contacts to google. Can you find a way to edit your sim/phone contacts so that they become contacts that will get synced with your google account? So far, I couldn't Any help is very much appreciated!
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To answer your question in more concise terms: she has her contacts in her phonebook, just not saved as google contacts, but as contacts on her sim card and phone memory. The phonebook will display all three groups. Nevertheless, only contacts saved as google contacts will get synced (at least, it's the way I've been used to it with my own Ace).
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Well first off, if there are no duplicate contacts, on her Galaxy Ace simply go to Contacts>Menu>Export/Import>Export to SD card. Then repeat the process, except this time select Import to <google account>. Double check on Gmail to see if the contacts have imported (make sure you wait around 20min with background sync and autosync enabled on the phone while it is connected to internet).

You can delete the phone and SIM contacts, or just disable their display by going to Contacts>Menu>More>Display Options>uncheck phone and sim.
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There should be an option to merge sim and phone contacts with google contacts. Ive done it before on galaxy s2 i had maybe 20-30 contacts on my phone memory and i was able to merge them with google. Try to click menu in contact application see what it says
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Have you tried a back-up app? Might just be easier to back up all the apps onto titanium or whatever you choose, erase the contacts, then do a restore (saving all contacts as google contacts)

Might want to double check the sync settings as well (menu-settings-accounts and sync-gmail account)
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Thank you all very much for your suggestions! I'm afraid the settings in the contact app menu won't let me sync/merge contacts that were not google contacts in first place, at least I can't find any option or setting (maybe there are a few more options on a SGS2). Thanks for the input! As for the backup app, this might be doable, I'd still have to check out Titanium (or other apps) to see whether they can be used to restore backed up contacts as google contacts. I guess it should be possible. The solution I'll give a shot in first place will be the one to export/import to/from SD card. I hadn't thought of that and I can imagine that this will be the solution to my problem. Thanks! Do you know if there's any limit to the number of contacts one can backup to sd card (restore from it) at one time? I'm asking because when deleting 400+ contacts, the phone tells me that this is more than it can handle. I'll give it a try next time I see my aunt, I'm actually really looking forward to see if we can get her contacts to be synced correctly to her google contacts. Again, thanks to all of you!
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Haven't had trouble with limits, but considering the phone has less power than my own Galaxy S, it may just be that.
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Default Syncing Contacts from SIM, Phone or any other app to Google

Not sure if you already got the answer, but on my S3;

Contacts > Menu -> Contacts to display >

Select which ever contacts you want to display (SIM or Phone) and once you are looking just at the contacts you selected (assuming you already setup your Google/gMail account to sync contacts)

Menu > Merge with Google> Google account to merge the contacts with

Hope this works the same on Ace as well.
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Hi Bob, Thanks a lot for your suggestion! I've just tested it on my own Ace (I will compare to my fathers SGS3 as soon as I see him again) - I can display a specific set of contacts, but unfortunately, I can't find any "merge" option in the contacts menu, even after choosing just one set of contacts (e.g. sim card contacts). My guess would be that this feature is indeed specific to the SGS, maybe even to the SGS3... Anyway, thank you very much for your input! Regards, Alex Edit: I've just noticed that this was your first post. You haven't signed up just to answer my question, have you? In any case, a big THANKS!
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I think on the Ace, you have to merge one by one. Tap open a contact, then tap the icons on joined contacts part to merge.
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On the Ace, I see the joined contacts part for contacts that are already google contacts. When tapping open a sim card contact though, I don't see anything like joined contacts, just very few options here. It could very well be that I'm missing something, but I don't see a way to merge existing sim contacts to google on the Ace, not even one by one. I will stick to the export to sd method and hope that it'll work. If it doesn't, I'll tell my aunt to buy herself the SGS3 What I don't understand is why a contact backup file in csv format created through KIES can't be read correctly by google contacts' online import site. Anyway, thanks for still trying to help me here, chanchan, I appreciate it! Regards Alex
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Default Syncing phone contacts with gmail

Alex,

After much ado, here's how I did it with my old HTC G1 running Cyanogenmod rom.

Make sure yo are connected via WiFi or data plan.

Go to your Contacts page. You should see all contacts saved on sim, and phone

Hit the menu button and select, "Import/Export"

In next window hit "Share visible contacts"

In next window hit "Gmail"

In next window, send the already attached VcardsXXXXXX.vcf file to your Gmail address. Make sure you fill in "To" with your Gmail address and put something in the "Subject" line and "Message box" then hit "Send" This will send the contacts list to your Gmail account.

Go to your Gmail account, log in and open the message you just sent.

When you open the message, you will see two options, "Import to contacts" and "Download". Click "Import to contacts".

Now it will take you to another screen which will tell you the contacts have been imported but not merged.

At the top of this screen, you will see an option to "find and merge contacts". Click on that option.

Now you will see a pop up windows of duplicate entries which you want to merge.

Click "Merge" and you should be done.

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ok, so i was having the same problem as your Aunt. I figured it out on my Thunderbolt. Go to contacts hit menu, move, from phone, to XXX@gmail.com

I'm waiting for it to transfer all the data now (over 400 contacts) seems to be working, I will post again when its done and i can find my contacts in my gmail account

(yes, this is my first post. n00b here)



Update: Worked great. I can now pull up any contact I have on my Gmail account from any device.
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1) I opened my contact list (on my Ace) (the icon on the bottom of the homepage)
2) selected the *contacts* tab on the top.
3) opened the menu (button on the bottom left hext to the *home* button)
4) selected import/export
5) selected send namecard via
6) checked *select all*
7) hit send
8) completed action using gmail
9) emailed it to my gmail account
10) then added them to my contacts.
I'm editing the list now. (merging duplicates etc)
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1) I opened my contact list (on my Ace) (the icon on the bottom of the homepage)
2) selected the *contacts* tab on the top.
3) opened the menu (button on the bottom left hext to the *home* button)
4) selected import/export
5) selected send namecard via
6) checked *select all*
7) hit send
8) completed action using gmail
9) emailed it to my gmail account
10) then added them to my contacts.
I'm editing the list now. (merging duplicates etc)
if you log in to your gmail from a pc and view your contacts there is an option to merge duplicates
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