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A Captivate/Outlook contacts solution

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by twoeggs, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. twoeggs

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    For those still struggling with this, or those just getting this phone and encountering issues, I have a solution for you (that I have not seen posted thus far, and with 90% less black magic - just average, everyday Office blood, sweat, and tears).

    If you are just trying to get your contacts, and you can't get Kies to work, try this:

    Go to your contacts in Outlook, then selects the contacts you want (ctrl+click if you just want certain ones, shift+click to mass selects, etc), then right click and go to "send full contact" and then "in internet format", and then send the email to yourself. Go to the email, save the contacts you wanted someplace you can find them.

    After this, make sure your Captivate is either in "Mass Storage" connect mode or in "ask me" mode. Plug your phone in with the USB and open up the phone in explorer. In another window go to where you saved all those .vcf files and then copy them all to your phone.

    Unplug your phone when you are done, then go to your contacts app. Open the menu->more->import/export->import from sd card->phone-> and then whichever option you want (I'd go with all).

    Spent 5+ hours trying all the different suggestions (and every different permutation of settings and procedures I could derive from the various programs and dark rituals suggested) before I finally figured this one out. Hope this helps others - it preserved my contacts, pictures I had assigned them, phone numbers, birthdays, etc, without manually entering them for a day or two, or being forced to sync them with gmail (preventing me from giving them custom ringtones...) and saving me any more headaches with 3rd party programs or Kies or any other ridiculous witchcraft.

    Again, hope this helps.

    And if you have any questions, feel free to ask - hopefully I can assist.
     

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    twoeggs,
    Thanks for trying to help. You lost me at this point:
    "Go to your contacts in Outlook, then selects the contacts you want (ctrl+click if you just want certain ones, shift+click to mass selects, etc), then right click and go to "send full contact" and then "in internet format", and then send the email to yourself. Go to the email, save the contacts you wanted someplace you can find them."
    When I do a right click I don't see the option to "send full contact". Where should I have the cursor when I right click?
    Also, I may have another problem in that I don't use Outlook for email, only for organizing contacts and notes. I may not be able to use your technique. I'm using Outlook 2007.
    Thanks.
     
  3. Jack45

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    @twoeggs...

    Thank you for this solution. Although I found Kies of benefit with my first Captivate (since exchanged for a new one), trying to use it now has been nothing short of a disaster. Your posting was VERY helpful.

    The only result that I haven't yet figured out is that the contacts now include a field named "Company." Nothing within the Company designations, but it's there nonetheless for all of them. No biggie - compared to other Outlook sync options that I've tried.

    Appreciate your effort.
     
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    TWOEGGS....

    Can you continually synch your contacts and calendar items using that procedure?

    I'm still looking for a way to daily synch the information... not just a one time transfer.
     

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