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Old June 14th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Contacts Storage > 27MB!!

I just observed that my 'Contacts Storage' app/folder is more than 27MB in size!! I have google and facebook contacts syncd to my phone, but I refuse to believe I have so many contacts to warrant 27MB of space usage in the phone! Because of this, I have been able to install only a limited number of apps.
Is there any way to reduce the size of this folder? Or to selectively delete some of them (without deleting them from my 'Google Contacts' webpage)?!

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mine is not google sync and only 700kb.
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where do i find out the size of my contacts storage???
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Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> Contact Storage
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mine google and facebook synced and is 3.49mb
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564KB for mine. I sync with Google. There have been some other apps that have done this, where they just keep taking up more and more space. I think the only way people have resolved it was to reset the phone to factory defaults.
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the thing is, 27meg in today's money is not all that much. It's just the farce of 2.1 having no apps2sd that makes us think that 27meg is a lot given the pathetic internal storage we currently suffer.

saying that, 27meg is a fair bit in itself for what should maybe just be text. Perhaps you have photos etc attached?
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mines 528kb for around 80 contacts (approx 10 have photos) that only sync with outlook.
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Mmm.. it seems I have some 720 contacts on google and 365 on facebook. facebook i can still imagine, but i guess in google, google contacts makes any and every person a 'contact' who i have ever sent even a single mail to. it is quite a pain tbh. : (((
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oO I don't have the "Contact Storage " application
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186 google contacts, and mine is 466kb
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I've got over 3000 contacts combined on google and facebook and it is taking up 15Mb which I am prepared to take for the convenience of having them all there. I did use an outlook app called touchdown and it allows you to use the SD card for contact storage but there were other things about it I didn't like, so stopped using it.
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3000 contacts and just 15MB??!! I now have some 700 contacts and it is taking up 14MB. Spent most of my evening clearing up my google contacts list, tranferring numbers, etc.
I think the syncing of pics would take up additional MBs. Not sure though.
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mine is 11mb from 600 contacts mostly facebook. seems like what takes up most spaces is the syncing of profile pictures since ppl with only google sync has contact storage < 1mb.
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Just out of interest, how many of those 600 and 3000 contacts have you talked to in the past year?
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Just out of interest, how many of those 600 and 3000 contacts have you talked to in the past year?
So thats the thing right. Google just adds anyone you send an email to as a contact. And there is no way of 'selectively syncing' your google contacts. So all contacts which are listed as google contacts get synced automatically. Even addresses like 'subscriptions at economist dot com'.
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Thats odd mine doesn't seem to do that. My contacts are synced to my address book on my mac and they don't change.
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So thats the thing right. Google just adds anyone you send an email to as a contact. And there is no way of 'selectively syncing' your google contacts. So all contacts which are listed as google contacts get synced automatically. Even addresses like 'subscriptions at economist dot com'.
When I go people, menu, view and enable show gmail auto contacts it doesnt show them. It could be I haven't emailed anyone new since having a clear out. Or could it be it doesn't sync them if they're not enabled in the view?
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When I go people, menu, view and enable show gmail auto contacts it doesnt show them. It could be I haven't emailed anyone new since having a clear out. Or could it be it doesn't sync them if they're not enabled in the view?
I actually am not sure what the 'show auto contacts' thing means in the Desire. But the number of gmail contacts that are synced can be seen on the same screen. And then you can go to accounts and sync section of settings to see whether you have auto sync on or off for gmail.
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I actually am not sure what the 'show auto contacts' thing means in the Desire. But the number of gmail contacts that are synced can be seen on the same screen. And then you can go to accounts and sync section of settings to see whether you have auto sync on or off for gmail.
Auto contacts are the contacts gmail creates when you email a new emai address. Mine shows 79 google contacts sync'd. Checking online, I do have 79 contacts and that IS including auto contacts. Shame.
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I've got about 500 contacts, most from facebook and I'm using 13mb. I'm not that bothered, although I am very eager to get apps2sd now
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I Came across this last week, and noticed that the majority of my contacts are the 500+ from facebook(all with photos)

However i noticed that my facebook app also takes up space am guessing for that same reason ie. replicated contacts, this isnt a huge problem as i realise that under 30mb is still rather small its just with the limited space on the phone at the moment its a real pain.



Is there a way to limit facebook adding contacts, for example the contacts off facebook that i text/call/email are all in my people app as i transferred them from my old phone. These are the only people from facebook that i want on my contacts the rest i speak to via facebook but no need for them in my phone
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I somewhat have an indirect solution to your problem.. I posted a similar question to this over at the EVO 4g forum...

The reason why your contact storage is reaching so high is because of GOOGLE's (Not facebook, outlook, etc) syncing! I found out some of my contacts were duplicated cuz Google somehow synced Contacts that were already saved on my phone from GM AIL... Some contacts had up to 6 duplicates!

Here is what I did.. I'm sure there is a quicker and easier process but this worked for me...
1. First TURN OFF SYNCING for GOOGLE.
2. Check to see if a contact is duplicated (chances are they are). Delete every duplicate. YES you are going to have to do this manually on your phone.. I tried doing it on the computer but that didn't work someway.
3. Go to your Gmail.com account via PC. and delete every duplicate there is as well..

Mine reached 27 just like you and I didn't even have an extraordinary amount of contacts.. Turns out, my phone would sync from Google without me knowing. Chances are the same is happening to you..

Now my Contact storage is 6.54 with Facebook (including pics) and Google storage. I'm hesitant to turn syncing on for Google.. I know I'll have to eventually.
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The reason why your contact storage is reaching so high is because of GOOGLE's (Not facebook, outlook, etc) syncing! I found out some of my contacts were duplicated cuz Google somehow synced Contacts that were already saved on my phone from GM AIL... Some contacts had up to 6 duplicates!.
Strange i only have 3 contacts on my googlemail account so how would they create 9mb? I have 500+ on facebook and then 100 or so on hotmail.
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I had seen this wallpaper (Ocean Waves) at 4:27 into the video which is on the Samsung Galaxy S and i really like the look of it, but cant seem to find it on the market for some reason.

Does anyone have this on there Desire at all, and does anyone know where i can get this wallpaper with not being able to find it on the market??

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I had seen this wallpaper (Ocean Waves) at 4:27 into the video which is on the Samsung Galaxy S and i really like the look of it, but cant seem to find it on the market for some reason.

Does anyone have this on there Desire at all, and does anyone know where i can get this wallpaper with not being able to find it on the market??

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I somewhat have an indirect solution to your problem.. I posted a similar question to this over at the EVO 4g forum...

The reason why your contact storage is reaching so high is because of GOOGLE's (Not facebook, outlook, etc) syncing! I found out some of my contacts were duplicated cuz Google somehow synced Contacts that were already saved on my phone from GM AIL... Some contacts had up to 6 duplicates!
Thanks for the suggestion, but don't think thats the reason for the excessive folder size. The first thing I did was to check for duplicates, and there were hardly any. Anyway, I trimmed down my google contact list now and its down to 14MB for a total of around 600 contacts (including fb).
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According to my Desire I have 7meg left. I was shocked because my phone is rooted and have apps2sd installed. I checked to see what was using all the space and found that my 120 contacts were using around 128 mb!! I still have no idea why this is. If anyone hears any solutions for this, please let me know
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I have 700 Google and 100 FB contacts and I'm using 8.31mb of storage.
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Anyone yet heard anything about this? It's crippling my phone
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I had 98mb and it was kling me, I went into app manager and cleared the data, this got rid of all my pics that ere linked to fb an my contacts . But hey it worked, I am not going to link to fb until froyo appears. So for now I have to live without pics on my contacts
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To help a few people, if you want to turn gmail.auto updates off or show certain contacts etc then just click the menu and view when on the contacts bit.
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Here is something that puzzles me, how come my contacts that I imported from my card from my other phone are now set as google I have 818 numbers in Google account, and 0 in phone. Why? And how? As I never used Google for anything besides email, I don't use Google chat or anything. I hope someone can help me .
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Thanks for the reply. If I clear the data I obviously lose all my contacts. The vast majority of which are my FB contacts. The only way to sort this you think is to clear my contacts, and add every contact in manually? I'm obviously not going to do this lightly as there are people out there with 300+ Facebook contacts with pics who have 8mb contact lists. Anyone else out there with suggestions before I make this drastic move?
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This is really annoying me as well. I have 21mb of contacts and 14mb for the facebook app. Do I need the facebook app as well as "facebook for htc sense"? The latter is only 400kb, so I would love to delete the 14mb app if I could as currently my phone is full and I cannot download any more apps - which is a bit of a joke to be honest. I need apps2sd ASAP!
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Can you clear out the facebook and the contacts storage thing without losing all information?
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Can you clear out the facebook and the contacts storage thing without losing all information?
I actually have a slide, but have the same question. Can we clear the data and let it resync, hopefully with a smaller file size? I have a bunch of facebook contacts that I had to manually sync, so I don't want to have to redo all of the links.
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My Phone list displays 100 Google contacts and pulls in 188 Facebook contacts and I've only got Google's Gmail Contacts and Facebook for HTC Sense set up to sync with my contacts. My contact storage is currently at 5.46 MB.
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my contacts, 1009 in gmail, and 2050 in face book ended up bloating to over 100mb which is obvs BS, something is effed up -- i dont like having to delete them all, now my contacts have no photos associated with them in handscent. all the great things about this phone are disappearing. nobody seems to have any answers, argh.
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2050 FB contacts, your popular! 102 is my limit
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I'm expecting to get my Desire over the next couple of days and have a question for you clever bods. If I don't link my FB contacts with the phone, what functionality will I lose?

To me it seems a bit of a waste of time and space having all the freaks from my old school in my contacts list.
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I'm expecting to get my Desire over the next couple of days and have a question for you clever bods. If I don't link my FB contacts with the phone, what functionality will I lose?

To me it seems a bit of a waste of time and space having all the freaks from my old school in my contacts list.
Theres a difference between linking contacts and syncing facebook

When you sync with facebook, it downloads all your facebook contacts. You can then choose to link them with your phone / google contacts.

All linking does is tidy up the people app. Linked contacts will not show as duplicates (1 for facebook, 1 for google for example).

If you don't sync android with facebook, you won't be able to use the friend stream application for facebook and maybe not the facebook application either. You can sync with facebook but when setting up, you can turn off contacts sync if you like and still sync live feeds.

In the people app, you can hide facebook contacts and then you just see the ones that you linked with google contacts.

If you press the phone or message application however, it will show you all of them, hidden or not.
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Hmm ok cheers for that. I'm coming from Blackberry where linking your FB contacts just shows their FB profile photo as their contact photo in your contacts and adds a few things extra to how you can contact them from your contacts.

I'm not sure whether this function will benefit me or not tbh. I use FB regularly but I'm not overly keen on sifting through everyone to send a text or to call. :s
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Hmm ok cheers for that. I'm coming from Blackberry where linking your FB contacts just shows their FB profile photo as their contact photo in your contacts and adds a few things extra to how you can contact them from your contacts.

I'm not sure whether this function will benefit me or not tbh. I use FB regularly but I'm not overly keen on sifting through everyone to send a text or to call. :s
Its pretty similar. To be honest, without friend stream, the blackberry implementation of facebook integration is much much better.

My blackberry automatically put birthdays in my calendar. Also, you could poke, send facebook message or write on wall directly from the contact. You can't really do this on android, which is really annoying. I do miss facebook on blackberry.

Friendstream is nice though.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 10:15 AM   #47 (permalink)
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I came across this problem today, when I had recently noticed that my contacts storage was over 25Mb when it is normally around 5. Thought nothing of it until today when I was simply reading and listening to music on my phone when it got itself into an acore force close loop. With a new notification saying not enough memory to deal with SMS or something, I couldn't read it all inbetween closing the popups.

I checked my storage find that I had less than 1Mb free and contacts storage had soared over 45Mb.
then checked my people app to see it said i had 12000 facebook contacts, when I have about 60.
Then realised that I had 2 different Facebook apps in the list of accounts and sync settings. Facebook and Facebook for HTC sense.
I have then deleted both of those accounts but when I try to load the people app it freezes so I'm going to restart my phone and see if it helps. Is there a way to delete the cache of the contacts without deleting all your normal phone entries too? as I don't want to get stuck entering all my numbers manually again.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 10:52 AM   #48 (permalink)
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I had this same problem. Contact manager was using 32MB. I cleared the data and let it sync again. Now it is using < 4MB.

Not perfect but it works.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 11:02 AM   #49 (permalink)
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10Mb me, 51 contacts on Google account sync'd with Facebook
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Old October 19th, 2010, 01:39 AM   #50 (permalink)
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I had this same problem. Contact manager was using 32MB. I cleared the data and let it sync again. Now it is using < 4MB.

Not perfect but it works.
Thanks for this - what does this actually mean - you just resynced with (say) Outlook and FB (need to relink contacts too?) - and it reduced the size of the contacts storage by that much? Or did you have to re-input lots of contacts manually?
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