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Old June 5th, 2010, 03:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Facebook for HTC Sense and the Phone Book

Has anybody found a way to remove Facebook contacts that HTC Sense Facebook adds to the overall phone book once you sign into this app? (The list that appears when you press Phone and not the People app.)

It's quite annoying having to trawl through lots of unnecessary non-Google Contacts entries to find the legitimate ones I want in my phone book.

My All People list has never had the Facebook View ticked and correctly displays just my Google Contacts, which is the only View ticked, but when you click on Phone the phone list displays all my Google Contacts and all my Facebook friends who display a phone number. I haven't found any way to remove these Facebook contacts from the Phone list, not even unchecking the Contacts Sync option for HTC Facebook works. The Phone list needs the same View option that the People app has got.

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How does HTC Sense Facebook make associations with Google Contacts?

I've got three contacts where the phone has auto linked Facebook to Google, one doesn't have any details that match, Facebook name is different and they don't share their e-mail address on Facebook, and now has code in the notes section of their Google Contact entry to make the link, the other two names match their Facebook names exactly and don't have any code in their Google Contacts note section.

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When in people, go to view and uncheck Facebook.
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When in people, go to view and uncheck Facebook.
Thanks for the quick reply, but did you read the third paragraph in my post?
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I'm having the same problems as well. I REALLY want to figure this out because it's a pain
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but when you click on Phone the phone list displays all my Google Contacts and all my Facebook friends
What list is this?? When I go into Phone is just shows my recent calls. If I press to search for someone is does show all contacts + FB ones but this isn't a massive problem is it?
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Try dialer one instead. It doesn't show Facebook contacts in the lists. However this issue also occurs in the messaging app when composing a new message and I haven't found a fix for that yet. Tried handcent. But that also suffers from this issue.
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If I press to search for someone is does show all contacts + FB ones but this isn't a massive problem is it?
It is when you don't want them in your phone book and there's no way to filter them out.
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It is when you don't want them in your phone book and there's no way to filter them out.
Ok perhaps you need to elaborate more. When you go into your phone (as in press 'phone') do you have a list of your contacts there?
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I just signed in to Facebook for HTC Sense for the first time tonight and it didn't automatically link any of my Google contacts to my Facebook contacts. I was sceptical about using FB for Sense as i'd read about people having problems but so far, so good (I do only have 25 friends though)
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When you go into your phone (as in press 'phone') do you have a list of your contacts there?
Yes, all my Google Contacts and Facebook contacts (people who display a contact number on Facebook) appear in one massive list when you press Phone on the screen and it's very cluttered. When you go into the People app you can choose what to view, but so far I haven't found a way to remove the Facebook contacts from the Phone list without signing out of HTC Sense Facebook altogether, but then you lose all its functionality.

What about my other question:

How does HTC Sense Facebook make associations with Google Contacts?

I've got three contacts where the phone has auto linked Facebook to Google, one doesn't have any details that match, Facebook name is different and they don't share their e-mail address on Facebook, and now has code in the notes section of their Google Contact entry to make the link, the other two names match their Facebook names exactly and don't have any code in their Google Contacts note section. What's so special about these three contacts and why hasn't it auto linked any of my other Google Contacts that are my Facebook friends?
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If you press menu when in people you can choose what to view. Unchecking Facebook removes anyone who isn't linked to a contact. I still get the duplication when selecting who to sendva new message to though.
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so far I haven't found a way to remove the Facebook contacts from the Phone list
So you haven't tried DailerOne as I suggested further up in this thread that resolves this problem and is a far better dialler than the stock Dialler?

http://www.appbrain.com/app/kz.mek.DialerOne
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Yes, all my Google Contacts and Facebook contacts (people who display a contact number on Facebook) appear in one massive list when you press Phone on the screen and it's very cluttered. When you go into the People app you can choose what to view, but so far I haven't found a way to remove the Facebook contacts from the Phone list without signing out of HTC Sense Facebook altogether, but then you lose all its functionality.
Not sure why yours in like this, as I said before mine JUST shows me the list of my last calls.

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How does HTC Sense Facebook make associations with Google Contacts?

I've got three contacts where the phone has auto linked Facebook to Google, one doesn't have any details that match, Facebook name is different and they don't share their e-mail address on Facebook, and now has code in the notes section of their Google Contact entry to make the link, the other two names match their Facebook names exactly and don't have any code in their Google Contacts note section. What's so special about these three contacts and why hasn't it auto linked any of my other Google Contacts that are my Facebook friends?
I'm not sure that it actually is the app 'Facebook for HTC Sense' as my phone is not logged into it and hasn't been since I did a factory reset, yet my contacts were linked automatically when the names were shared.

There is the problem that Facebook contact photos don't update and so far the only solution has been to sign out of FB for HTC and just use FB for Android. Perhaps this may solve your problem too.

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So you haven't tried DailerOne as I suggested further up in this thread that resolves this problem and is a far better dialler than the stock Dialler?

Dialer One - Android app on AppBrain
He's after a solution to a problem and perhaps not a completely different app.
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He's after a solution to a problem and perhaps not a completely different app.
This is the only solution atm...
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Not sure why yours in like this, as I said before mine JUST shows me the list of my last calls.
Scroll down past your call log and you will then see a list of your contacts, and you WILL see this issue. It is also a problem on the Legend.
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If you minimise the keypad, after going to phone, and then click on the icon to the right you should then be able to use the icon for all contacts which on mine is just the phone contacts.
In fact, you don't need to minimise the phone keypad.
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Scroll down past your call log and you will then see a list of your contacts, and you WILL see this issue. It is also a problem on the Legend.
ok yes now I see the list. I don't really see why this is a problem though. If I want to find someone I do it through People or from the search button.

Everyone has their own way of doing things though.
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There is the problem that Facebook contact photos don't update and so far the only solution has been to sign out of FB for HTC and just use FB for Android. Perhaps this may solve your problem too.
I didn't realise Android Facebook also synced to the contacts. I can't see any settings on the phone for this, like the ones for HTC Facebook and other apps in Accounts and Sync.
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I didn't realise Android Facebook also synced to the contacts. I can't see any settings on the phone for this, like the ones for HTC Facebook and other apps in Accounts and Sync.
nor did I until the other day when I realised I hadn't been signed into FB for HTC. it explains why I used to get double contacts in some lists before the factory reset though.

The FB android sync options are in the app itself.
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ok yes now I see the list. I don't really see why this is a problem though. If I want to find someone I do it through People or from the search button.

Everyone has their own way of doing things though.
one problem about this is a space issue for one thing.

i just got my htc last night and i'm setting it up now and this is a huge issue for me. for instance, i play games on fb and a large portion of my 'friends' are people i don't know in other countries. so now, i have about 800 contacts in my phone book that i will never contact. since my phone is brand new, space is not an issue now but it will become an issue once i start downloading apps.

i really do not want to see these 800+ people in my phone. i have them separated by groups in my fb account, there has to be a way to access my fb group from the htc sense fb app.
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The FB android sync options are in the app itself.
I looked in there and only see the option for Refresh Interval and Notification options.

I have signed out of HTC Facebook and now the three Google Contacts that were linked are not any more and when you go to maually link a contact there is no longer a Facebook option, just Add contact / All contacts.

I think I might stay signed out of HTC Facebook because it seems like it's not working properly to me and is in need of an update.

Edit: Is Android Facebook on the Market different to Android Facebook that comes preinstalled on the Desire?

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i just got my eris last night and i'm setting it up now and this is a huge issue for me. for instance, i play games on fb and a large portion of my 'friends' are people i don't know in other countries. so now, i have about 800 contacts in my phone book that i will never contact.
Exactly. Mixed in with your actual contacts, making the Phone list a pain to use. Yes you can go through the People app, but this takes more clicks and is not as convenient as using the Phone list.
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I have signed out of HTC Facebook and now the three Google Contacts that were linked are not any more and when you go to maually link a contact there is no longer a Facebook option, just Add contact / All contacts.
i did this and i still see my own facebook card. and of course, they are all still in the phone list. i've accidentally called Turkey twice this morning...

14 hours with my droid and I MISS MY BLACKBERRY!!!!! i hope this gets better!
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Exactly. Mixed in with your actual contacts, making the Phone list a pain to use. Yes you can go through the People app, but this takes more clicks and is not as convenient as using the Phone list.
Eh?

Phone:
1)Press phone,
2)scroll passed call log,
3)get to your contacts

People:
1)press people
2)get to your contacts
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Eh?

Phone:
1)Press phone,
2)scroll passed call log,
3)get to your contacts

People:
1)press people
2)get to your contacts
The Phone list displays the primary number for each contact, as it should, whereas People requires you to select the contact first and then the number. I know it's only one extra click, but it's not as slick. Either way, there should be an option to select what you want to see in the Phone list the same as you can in the People app.
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When you sign in to your Facebook for HTC Sense for the first time just go to the settings really quickly and uncheck "Sync Contacts" before it has a chance to sync them.
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This isn't ideal and you need to be really quick to uncheck this sync option.

It would be better if the Phone list only contained legitimate contacts, such as Google, SIM, phone, etc. and had the option to enable/disable Facebook contacts, like you can do in the people app, or not have this option at all, being as the People app already has the ability to view your Facebook friends' contact information.

I like the HTC Facebook integration, but would really like to remove the clutter from my Phone list.
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I followed the advice of using dialer one, but cannot for the life of me get my speed dials back.
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When you sign in to your Facebook for HTC Sense for the first time just go to the settings really quickly and uncheck "Sync Contacts" before it has a chance to sync them.
This is how I have done it.
Accounts & synch and remove the facebook account.
Then go and sign in again, unticking the synch contacts option.

Job done. My contacts are google only.
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go to your phone book press menu, display options, and check the box - only contacts with phone numbers. and your done
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This is how I have done it.
Accounts & synch and remove the facebook account.
Then go and sign in again, unticking the synch contacts option.

Job done. My contacts are google only.
This is exactly what I have done, the FB contact sync is broken anyway. Too many bugs. In the first two days of owning my Desire I had the following issues:
  • Being completely unable to call or text one contact because she had her phone number listed as "447..." on Facebook (without the '+' at the start)
  • Constantly changing contact photos to the FB profile pic even though I told the phone to use the Google contact photo
  • Texts from my bank looking like they had come from a FB friend because they had their phone number listed as "ask me..." on FB

I honestly think HTC didn't test this feature at all before release and my experience of the phone has been much better since I turned it off.
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go to your phone book press menu, display options, and check the box - only contacts with phone numbers. and your done
This option is only available in the People app and doesn't have any impact on the Phone list. If you set this in the People app, the Phone list still displays Facebook contact information and even where the user has input text like "Message me for number," etc.

What I want is none of the Facebook contact information to appear in my Phone list. My Phone list should only be for my own actual contacts, such as Google, SIM, and phone saved information, unless I choose otherwise. I shouldn't have to navigate through loads of clutter to find my legitimate contacts.

The People app works exactly how I want the Phone list to, like being able to choose whether to display the Facebook information or not.
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This option is only available in the People app and doesn't have any impact on the Phone list. If you set this in the People app, the Phone list still displays Facebook contact information and even where the user has input text like "Message me for number," etc.

What I want is none of the Facebook contact information to appear in my Phone list. My Phone list should only be for my own actual contacts, such as Google, SIM, and phone saved information, unless I choose otherwise. I shouldn't have to navigate through loads of clutter to find my legitimate contacts.

The People app works exactly how I want the Phone list to, like being able to choose whether to display the Facebook information or not.
Totally agree with this and I have sent HTC a bug report, because this is a bug. Please do the same. This makes the Sense Facebook integration useless. This is what I sent:

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After having upgraded my Hero to Android 2.1 there is now a serious issue with the Facebook integration.

On android 1.5, sense would only link existing contacts to Facebook and use picture and birthday. In 2.1 the contact list on the phone is flooded with Facebook contacts. Given that Facebook is a type of social medium where you might be friends with people you don't really know (only play games with, friends of friends, companies, official profiles of celebrities , etc) this is a BUG that makes this integration USELESS. Turning off "sync contacts" also turns of the ability to sync pictures and data of the contact you really want to sync. Additional options are required here to make this functionality useful.
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I use HTC Sense Facebook to sync my contacts and have noticed that despite it being set to auto update once a day, none of my linked contacts' pictures are updating when they change them and some were changed weeks ago.
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What happens to linked contacts when you remove Facebook for HTC Sense from Accounts & Sync? Is Google Contacts intelligent enough to remove the code that makes the link in each contact's profile?
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What I want is none of the Facebook contact information to appear in my Phone list. My Phone list should only be for my own actual contacts, such as Google, SIM, and phone saved information, unless I choose otherwise. I shouldn't have to navigate through loads of clutter to find my legitimate contacts.

The People app works exactly how I want the Phone list to, like being able to choose whether to display the Facebook information or not.
YES !! this is what i want help with too ..no facebook phone numbers in my phone book !!....this is a real pain in the ass!!! is there any solution to this yet !!!

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this is what i want help with too ..no facebook phone numbers in my phone book !!....this is a real pain in the ass!!! is there any solution to this yet !!!
Apparently HTC were aware of this issue before the FroYo was released, so I was hoping FroYo would also bring a fix for this, but alas it didn't.
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I had the same issue because I have 1000+ Facebook friends for games. I was already signed in to Facebook for Android (which I use without issue), but the problems started when I signed in to the Facebook Online Directory. It was great for a short while - 3 out of the 16 Google contacts in my phone were linked to their Facebook profile, and their status and other FB info was added to their Contact page in People. However, when 57mb of unrequired Facebook data filled up my internal storage and crashed my phone, the novelty soon wore off!

I cleared the data using Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Menu > Sort by size. Contacts Storage was at the top of the list and deleting the data removed all the Facebook contact info, and also signed me out of the Facebook Online Directory. My Gmail contacts (all 16 of them) remained in the phone.

It's a shame I can't just sync my Gmail contacts with their Facebook profile, rather than having to download ALL Facebook friend details.

One more thing regarding accessing phone contacts for calling.....do any of you use the Smart Dial feature? I use this all the time instead of selecting a contact from a list. Press the Phone button to open the dialler, then start typing the persons name or phone number using the alphanumeric keypad. So, if I wanted to call Steve, I would type 7, 8, 3 and Steve would appear in the list at the top of the page. If Steve's number started with 07837, I could achieve the same thing by typing 0, 7, 8, etc. It's a very quick way to cut through all your contacts to get directly to the person you need in the minimum number of keystrokes.
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A while ago I ended up removing Facebook for HTC Sense and then adding it again, but quickly going to Accounts & sync and then deselecting 'sync contacts' which stopped all the junk appearing in the Phone list, but still gave me the other functionality, like uploading images via HTC Sense and browsing friends' photos in the Gallery app, etc. The only thing I lost was the ability to link contacts to Facebook, the list was blank when you tried to do this, but I could live with that for a clutter free Phone list and less contact storage being used.

Fast forward to today and I was prompted for the 2.10.405.2 update and what do I notice as I start typing in the To field of a message, the junk that was there before when Facebook for HTC Sense was set to sync contacts, so I checked Accounts & sync and both 'sync live feed' and 'sync contacts' were still unchecked.

Stupid post update Facebook for HTC Sense!
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How are you guys launching "Facebook for HTC"? I see it in my "Manage Applications" along with "Facebook", but I only see "Facebook" in the list of icons when you push the little arrow that shows "All Apps".

I actually have the other issue. I want to re-sync all the contacts because now I show duplicates and I am manually having to go in one at a time and link them.

I've tried to clear both FB and FB for HTC cache and data but that didn't force a re-sync.
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Totally agree with this and I have sent HTC a bug report, because this is a bug. Please do the same. This makes the Sense Facebook integration useless. This is what I sent:
Where is the site/url to submit HTC Sense bug reports? I've found a few I'd like to report myself...
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When in people, go to view and uncheck Facebook.


Ty Mike this saved me alot of pain hehe guess u dont know how i can get the real msn bk on here now? x
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What about my other question:

How does HTC Sense Facebook make associations with Google Contacts?

I've got three contacts where the phone has auto linked Facebook to Google, one doesn't have any details that match, Facebook name is different and they don't share their e-mail address on Facebook, and now has code in the notes section of their Google Contact entry to make the link, the other two names match their Facebook names exactly and don't have any code in their Google Contacts note section. What's so special about these three contacts and why hasn't it auto linked any of my other Google Contacts that are my Facebook friends?
Maybe having an email is a requirement of linking?

I had multiple contacts in my list. I might be crazy, but over time, as I added email addresses to some imported contacts from my previous phone, the Sense UI would notify me that there were some potential links, and link those into their fb and twitter identites.
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I have a problem where some Facebook contacts don't even show up for some reason. I know they exist as they're some of my close friends. It's really infuriating.
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Laugh try clearing contacts data worked for me!

Hi I had the same problem as Op. New phone incredible s 2.3.3 . Seems that it impossible to turn off the sync contacts option at all quick enough after activating Facebook for sense. And this gave fb contacts in the phone list (yes I could filter in People but not the initial phone list or messages). But what workedwas what another user said about clearing application data for contacts (with th sync contacts already turned off). This innitially has effect of losing all contacts but after few arcs your Google ones start syncing in. So you end up with clean phone list. Now I need to work out way to link those remaining contacts with their th accounts!
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My last post still stands, but I found after a while that the Facebook for HTC Sence Sync Contacts option re-enables itself (I think when the phone is turned off and then on). See this post by Hobbitmann [Q] Stop HTC Sense syncing Facebook to Phone [Archive] - xda-developers. I really want HTC to do something about it. I like having the friend stream interfaced with the rest of the environment but I don't like what it does to the first screen of the phone book. Seriously considering Cyanogenmod
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How does HTC Sense Facebook make associations with Google Contacts?
and now has code in the notes section of their Google Contact entry to make the link, the other two names match their Facebook names exactly and don't have any code
For this reason I HATE HTC for this, I had 30+ contacts with notes I had put in the gmail contacts myself, signed into my gmail for the first time with an HTC and within a few minutes they were all erased and overwritten with a "code" of sorts for HTC trying to link them to FB contacts.

I wish they would do something about this, for real!

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So what happens if you go into Accounts & Sync and remove the account for FB for HTC Sense?
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Parrot-head, I think you have saved my life, or at least my sanity... That worked instantaneously. Now I have no facebook app, but I'm going to add back the android app instead of the HTC Sense app and I bet it will be OK. If not, I know how to revert while I figure out wtf to do next. Thanks!
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