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How to: Turn 'phone' contacts into 'Google' contacts so they can be synchronized with Google mail.Tips

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  1. HappyHipster

    HappyHipster Member

    Hello everyone,

    I own a HTC hero (Orange). With talks of android updates becoming available, there seems to be a mad rush to back up everything so that nothing is lost on the update. There are many ways of doing this, but one of the most common problems, is that people have their contacts saved as 'Phone' contacts and not 'google' contacts. This means that they will not sync with Google mail. There was no contact export available to me (I think because my firmware was still 1.5).

    This seems to be a solution that will solve the problem without having to write out every single contact number in Google mail.

    1. Enter android market.
    2. Search 'Contactsync'
    3. Download/Install this application.
    4. Run the application
    5. All contacts will be turned from 'Phone' contacts to 'Google' Contacts
    6. These contacts will then be synchronized with your Google mail

    This means that if your contacts are lost on your phone at any point (eg. an update), they can easily be 'Exported' back to your phone through Google mail.

    This saved me a lot of time.


  2. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    You can actually do it much simpler than that. Just export all your contacts to an SD card, delete them all, then import them from the SD card as GMail contacts.
  3. HappyHipster

    HappyHipster Member

    Unfortunatly this option is not always available for some people. I was using my HTC hero on 1.5 and it didn't have an 'Export' option. This is for people who have the same problem.

  4. J4M13

    J4M13 Member

    This didn't work for me (HTC DESIRE)
  5. Arithmomaniac

    Arithmomaniac New Member

    Do you ahve a direct link to this app? I couldn't find it...
  6. mrqs

    mrqs Well-Known Member

  7. JSS12

    JSS12 Well-Known Member

    I would like to do this...

    When I go to the People application, I click menu > Import/Export > Export to SD card > __???????___

    Do I select PHONE or GOOGLE as the account to export??

    Half of my contacts are Google contacts but half are Phone contacts?
    Does one of these options encompass the other?

    After this... is there a way to DELETE all of the contacts without having to click the X next to each contact's name??

    Are there any potential issues I may run into upon re-importing all of my contacts?

  8. T.M.M.L

    T.M.M.L Well-Known Member

    I have the Samsung Fascinate, all I have to do is...

    1. Click on the contacts tab
    2. Press the menu key
    3. Select the option to delete all contacts.
  9. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    You're exporting phone contacts so you can import them into your Google account to make them Google contacts so they'll sync with your Google account.

    No, otherwise there would be no point to this exercise. See the OP again. Phone contacts do not sync. Google contacts do.
  10. lgonzal3

    lgonzal3 Active Member

    Thanks for this, it worked for me!
    Crashdamage likes this.

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