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Old July 12th, 2012, 02:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I was on the phone with Verizon tier II for about 1 hr to try to accomplish this goal:

Have about 900 contact in the Bionic and want to transfer them to Google contacts.

Already have Google account set up and I sync my Calender and music to Google. In the phone I have selected Google to be the place to sync to, previously was Backup Asst, but since that is not working correctly, moving over to Google.

The problem that I am having is none of my existing contacts will sync to G contacts. Now, if I create a new contact in the phone or in G, it will sync just fine both ways. I'm think the transfer will not take place with the existing contacts is because they were synced from Backup Assistant.

I have copied all of the phone contacts to my SD card as a .vcf file. The question now is how to get them into Google?

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Not sure if this will help or not

https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=14024
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Thanks, I took a look at that but I would like to go with the .vcf method since they have been exported to the phones SD card.
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Thanks, I took a look at that but I would like to go with the .vcf method since they have been exported to the phones SD card.
.vcf files are vCard files, aren't they?

https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=183711&topic=1669027&ctx=to pic

However, if the contacts are still on the phone, you can create csv files which can be imported in Google Contacts with this app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=no.uia.android.backupcontacts&feature=s earch_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm5vLnVpYS5hbmRyb2 lkLmJhY2t1cGNvbnRhY3RzIl0.
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The .CSV file is the easiest and fastest way to do it.

it makes one big file that you can then import into you Google account - I recommend logging in to the account in GMail and then changing the display from GMail to contacts using the button at the top left. That contact interface has a lot more features than the one in, say, Google Voice.
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I never update a contact from the Bionic keyboard.

I update my contacts on the Windows 7 workstation. Every Saturday I create a .csv file, log into Google contacts, and import a total replacement with the .csv file. The syncing between Google and my Bionic takes care of the rest.

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I never update a contact from the Bionic keyboard.

I update my contacts on the Windows 7 workstation. Every Saturday I create a .csv file, log into Google contacts, and import a total replacement with the .csv file. The syncing between Google and my Bionic takes care of the rest.

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Um huh?? Where are you storing your contacts on the pc?
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I use Outlook 2010 on my workstation and it has an export function that creates a .csv file on my workstation.

I then log intoGmail (Google Contacts) and import the .csv file. I tell it where to find the file on my workstation (desktop) and it imports it.

The next time a sync occurs between Gmail and my Bionic the contacts are refreshed.

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The .CSV file is the easiest and fastest way to do it.

it makes one big file that you can then import into you Google account - I recommend logging in to the account in GMail and then changing the display from GMail to contacts using the button at the top left. That contact interface has a lot more features than the one in, say, Google Voice.
I believe that the same goes for .vcf files using the instructions in the link in my post above. .vcf files are better in some ways, as the data is standardized; .csv files have to have field names in the first record, which I think need to match the Google contact field names. Easy enough in most cases, but the OP already has .vcf files, so....
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I use Outlook 2010 on my workstation and it has an export function that creates a .csv file on my workstation.

I then log intoGmail (Google Contacts) and import the .csv file. I tell it where to find the file on my workstation (desktop) and it imports it.

The next time a sync occurs between Gmail and my Bionic the contacts are refreshed.

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You might consider leaving the contacts on google. Then delete them from the outlook (pst). Now configure outlook from the control panel as exchange server using m.google.com as the server name and your credentials for google. Now your google mail, contacts and calendar sync all ways automatically.
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I spend 95% of my time in front of a workstation and my Bionic is my single voice phone for business.

The reason for not doing what you suggest is that I want this critical collection of data for my business under my control and maintained on my workstation.

For e-mail ... I have a separate Gmail account from my business account and they remain separated on purpose.

Doing it this way ... you can pull the plug on all Internet connections and I still operate. All the contacts, phone numbers, snail mail addresses are available to me ... and they are up to date.

The downside is that I have to manually request the import of contact information from workstation to Gmail.

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Exchange works fine offline if your internet connection dies. Can't send email of course. But everything heals itself when you are connected again and a snapshot of data is usable offline.

I have three "real" Exchange accounts. Google emulates Exchange but for corp data we use a hosted Exchange. The data in them is so critical to me that I wouldn't risk it only one work station. Maybe you should explore what Exchange has to offer. It does quite a bit. We share sync'd address books across multiple devices and PC's. I update a number on my phone and everyone in the company sees the change instantly on every device.

Just a thought.
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Exchange works fine offline if your internet connection dies. Can't send email of course. But everything heals itself when you are connected again and a snapshot of data is usable offline.

I have three "real" Exchange accounts. Google emulates Exchange but for corp data we use a hosted Exchange. The data in them is so critical to me that I wouldn't risk it only one work station. Maybe you should explore what Exchange has to offer. It does quite a bit. We share sync'd address books across multiple devices and PC's. I update a number on my phone and everyone in the company sees the change instantly on every device.

Just a thought.
My only issue with Google's contacts sync using Exchange is that is does not/may not support contact groups. Perhaps it does with Outlook, but I know that it does not with iOS. (It only syncs the group "My Contacts" on iOS, and I suspect it is the same no matter which platform you use, other than Android.)
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