Newbie Q - Phone book lists SIM and Google names = duplicates


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  1. mmiller2002

    mmiller2002 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    When i use the phone function, I see duplicates of many names because it displays both my SIM contacts and Google contacts (my phone contacts are zero). How can i just set it to google contacts when using "Phone"?

    Thanks

    BTW - this whole multiple contact lists thing does not seem to be the best sorted out arrangement (Phone, SIM, Google).

    Can anyone confirm the the SIM list can't handle email addresses?
     

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  2. Mythic

    Mythic Well-Known Member

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    open up the contacts.... hit menu.... select view and uncheck sim
     
  3. mmiller2002

    mmiller2002 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the tip, but SIM has been unchecked for a while in "people". SIM contacts still show up along with google when i'm in the phone mode.
     
  4. xdmanalo

    xdmanalo Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried linking contacts?

    People/Phone > [contact name] > Link

    It merges info to remove duplicates from said sources. All contacts from sources will still be listed in 'Phone' mode, but duplicates will be merged.
     
  5. vdvuong

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    I really hated the linking of google to phone to SIM to facebook, because if you ever have to reset your phone its a huge pain in the ass to do them all over again.

    I also was coming from a windows phone that synced to Microsoft Outlook
    (SIM cards are also obsolete I feel. They only hold basic information)

    My solution was to just make everything into google contacts. How?

    1. In outlook export all contacts to vCard format (which can be opened nicely in excel for further editing)
    2. Export all contacts from SIM card to vCard format
    2b. Export all phone contacts to vCard format (but you really should of been saving all new numbers as google contacts to start)

    3. In Excel quickly glance over all the many fields (majority of which will be empty anyways) and edit as needed. Personally I only kept Names, Emails, Phone Numbers

    4. In Gmail, Import various vCard files. They will be added to you My Contacts
    5. There is a merge all duplicate options. You can double check the sited entries before going through with the merger. It's more or less 100% accurate in my opinion.

    6. If there are any discrepancies like 2 different mobile numbers/or emails, both will be saved. You can go back and choose which to keep or keep both

    Delete all outlook/sim/phone. you can make a master vCard from google contacts before hand for your paranoia

    Voila all your contacts are now google.
     
  6. vdvuong

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    In addition there's a marvelous app on market called syncmypix. It will update all your google contacts on your phone with current facebook photos and import those current pictures to your google contacts. So your gmail wont look as boring!
     

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