Support Contacts: Gmail to phone

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Kfoss, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Kfoss

    Kfoss Member
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    Okay, so I am having problems with my contacts and after reading over a dozen pages while searching, I decided it was time to ask because I cannot seem to find my answer.

    I initially had all of my contacts switched over to my new phone via backup assistant. Now I know most people don
     

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  2. phonefiend

    phonefiend Well-Known Member
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    You said you lost all of your phone contacts so why would you be getting double the contacts when syncing with gmail?
     
  3. Kfoss

    Kfoss Member
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    I was able to get my contacts loaded into gmail and now I want them on my phone as well so I can assign people a ring tone. When I load them into the phone, I have 135 in gmail and 135 in phone, which doubles the number.

    So basically, I am wondering if I need to really be worrying about the space that these take up on my phone or just live with it.
     
  4. phonefiend

    phonefiend Well-Known Member
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    You can just live with it but I don't understand how you are going from 0 contacts in your phone to 135+135. When syncing with gmail the contacts should only become "google" contacts on the phone.
     
  5. Kfoss

    Kfoss Member
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  6. Moonfire

    Moonfire Well-Known Member
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    Alright, lemme make sure I got this right:

    1) Your contacts that were stored on the phone disappeared.
    2) You had them all backed up on Gmail, however all phone numbers were written in the Notes section rather than the Phone Number section. At this point you have 135 contacts on your phone, all from your Gmail account.
    3) You followed the post to export/import your contacts, so that now you have the original 135 from your Gmail and all 135 again that are actually on your phone.

    In this case, it's relatively easy to get rid of the Gmail ones. While in the Contacts app, hit Menu > Accounts > the Gmail account the contacts are in > Uncheck "Contacts".

    I don't know how much space that would take up (probably not much, it's only text), but it's not completely insane to not want doubles of everything - I've been cleaning up my Contacts for that reason as well. And as far as the lagging Gmail goes, I've heard the Instant Search thing may lag some people. It's a shot in the dark - especially since I don't see anything about it on the Contacts page - but you can try turning it off.
     
  7. MWdroid

    MWdroid New Member
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    This is related, but not the exact same issue:
    When saving contacts, how does the phone treat contacts saved to phone v contacts saved to gmail? I have saved contacts, and used google to find them - it doesnt. Very frustrating. I have several thousand contacts. I'd like to have a sense of confidence about if how/where to store as well as tradeoffs of one methods v another (gmail v phone v???)

    Many thanks!
     

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