Unlink Phone NumbersSupport

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  1. Duckster

    Duckster Well-Known Member

    When I look at my contacts list, can see links between Device and Google. I like the Google Directory on my contact list so I selected it and started to remove the link (chain icon) option of Device. However, since I have over 400 contacts listed, I need to find a faster way to "unlink" them, or I will be here all day!

    Thus my question: is there a way to "unlink" all contacts at once or do I have to continue one at a time? I want to unlink them because I have the Google directory selected to show, but it also shows Device, which causes me duplicate phone numbers in my contact list.


  2. Rukbat

    Rukbat Well-Known Member

    Put your phone in airplane mode. Export to a csv file. Go to Google Contacts delete all your contacts. Make sure you don't have any duplicate contacts or links in the csv file (there shouldn't be). Import the file.

    Delete all the contacts in your phone (Application manager, contacts, clear data), turn off airplane mode and when the phone syncs all your contacts will be Google contacts.
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  3. Duckster

    Duckster Well-Known Member

    Thank you very much for the response. It worked very well and your instructions were easy to follow!

    I'm curious as to how this happened, if anyone cares if they have the same issue, or if it even matters (am I losing any benefits by having it on device and google)? I just didn't need to see all of those extra icons next to my contact's name. It was also a pain to see so many of the exact same numbers showing up when I looked at my contact's phone numbers.
  4. Rukbat

    Rukbat Well-Known Member

    You only need them in Google. Having them on the SIM card is for the nostalgic - that's the way it used to be at first. Having them on the phone and not on Google? I guess if you think the government is looking through Google's servers for your contact list ... and you're not wearing your aluminum beanie ...
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