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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by WorldBuilder, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. WorldBuilder

    WorldBuilder Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hi all,

    Just got my Motorola Droid. I've loaded up all the Google stuff as usual and all is well. What I'd like to do is create contacts from WORK and keep them separate from my personal stuff (GMail Contacts, etc). Can I, and if so, how?

    Secondly, is there a user guide for this beast other than the dinky booklet that came with it?



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  2. wnajar

    wnajar Newbie

    Not really sure what you're trying to do here... can you clarify? Are you looking for contact groups? Contacts that don't sync?
  3. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    I believe all of your contacts auto-sync to Gmail. Your best bet is probably to add these contacts and put them in the "work" group in your contact list. That way they will be separated in Gmail contacts as well. I'm not sure if there's a better way to do what you want to do, unfortunately :(
  4. WorldBuilder

    WorldBuilder Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the replies, guys. You both understand. iI want to add my coworkers as contacts with phone numbers only, but I want to do it out of GMail, and I don't want them to get into my GMail... Possible?



    PS. Anyone know 'bout a user guide? - Found it, nevermind...
  5. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    Actually, now that I think about it, you can turn off auto-sync for your contacts. I would assume this prevents the contacts from syncing both ways - phone to Gmail and vice versa. In Contacts > Account Settings there's an option for it.

    If I understand correctly, you just want to add the contacts to your phone without having them sync to your Gmail contacts. I think that might work. Only one way to find out.
  6. brykins

    brykins Android Enthusiast

    I think the OP want's TWO ways of adding/storing contacts:

    (a) His personal friends and family - those he DOES want to sync with Googles Cloud.

    (b) His co-workers and other business contacts - those he wants to add to the phone but NOT to sync with Googles Cloud.

    Not sure if that's possible.
  7. BottledHate

    BottledHate Android Enthusiast

    Welcome to the forums!

    here is a link to the droid manual....


    As for the contacts, i haven't been able to do what you are asking, but your best bet is to play with your contacts in GMAIL and see what you can come up with. The "My Contacts" category is what will show on the droid.
  8. 28064212

    28064212 Well-Known Member

    Just open up Contacts, press the Menu button, and select Edit Sync Groups, untick whatever groups you don't want to edit
  9. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    I don't see this option.
  10. 28064212

    28064212 Well-Known Member

    Are you using the stock contacts app (the one that came with the phone)? Open up the Applications menu from the home screen and select the one named "Contacts". If that doesn't get you it, what options do you see when you press the menu button on Contacts?
  11. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    This is what I see when I hit menu:

    New Contact
    Display Options
  12. mjaybird65

    mjaybird65 Lurker

    Under Display Options, select your gmail account, and from there you can select which groups to display - I think they will all sync, but only the group(s) selected will display on your phone.
  13. WorldBuilder

    WorldBuilder Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Looks like I opened quite the can of worms! LOL! I'll play with it. Brykins has it right as far as what I want to do... I will fool around with it all and get back to y'all.

  14. n0really

    n0really Member

    Subscribed. I would to do the same.
  15. petb

    petb Lurker

    This was confusing to do. But I did figure it out. Thanks for all the help.
    I was able to categorize all my contacts.
  16. WorldBuilder

    WorldBuilder Newbie
    Thread Starter


    What did you do? I'm still strugglin' with this...
  17. petb

    petb Lurker

    i linked my outlook and aol contacts onto my gmail account.
    i went through them on gmail and catagorized them. when the droid is set to "sync gmail" it will sync everything you do on gmail. (under accounts & sync-manage accounts)

    what problems are you having?
  18. WorldBuilder

    WorldBuilder Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Ah... You put them into GMail. I'm trying to not do that. But I have at this point, so it is what it is. Thanks, all.
  19. petb

    petb Lurker

    it took me a long time to merge the duplicate contacts. but i got them all to look the way i want. it was easy to organize them on gmail.
    then on the droid you can pick which category you want to see. the rest will be hidden' until you want to view them.

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The Motorola Droid release date was November 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.7" inch screen, 5MP camera, 256GB RAM, processor, and 1400mAh battery.

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