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Tips Facebook in "Phone" Contacts solved

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Tiny65, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Tiny65

    Tiny65 Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 23, 2010
    Like a lot of others on this forum we've all had issues with accidentally syncing Facebook with our phones and then being stuck with the FB contacts in our "Phone" list. After many conversations with HTC and searching the forums I was unable to come up with a satisfactory answer. So I played with it and here is the steps to clean the phone.

    1. MOST IMPORTANT STEP, Save your contacts. I exported them to the SD card.

    2. Menu> Settings> Applications> Manage Applications> All> Contacts Storage

    3. Clear Data (This will erase all your contacts under "People" and "Phone")

    4. Import your contacts.


    Only issue I had was my contact information I had to retype it all in. Small price to pay to get rid of all those FB Contacts.... All other contacts work as they did before no other issues.....

    Hope this helps....:D


  2. springy

    springy Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Yea, I was so aware of this when I set my phone up, that I only ask facebook to sync my existing contacts.. HAHA... thank god I am not in that situation.

    but good hint none the less :D

    Edit: I think the FB sync got a bug... LOL... it was working but now when I select sync only contact list it sync everything. Stupid FB app...

    Do you know where we can report bugs for facebook?
    Btrivedi and karthics4 like this.
  3. spencet30

    spencet30 Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Creatively seeking ways to keep myself occupied. I
    Atlanta, GA
    This worked for me thanks! I didn't have to manually add anything because all the contacts I want to keep are stored in my google contacts. I have those set to automatically sync.

    Using HTC Hero
  4. PaulRSte

    PaulRSte Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Sheffield (UK)

    Just wondering how this works exactly. After getting my Exchange Sync working and getting all my contacts, calendar and emails onto the phone, I somehow managed to sync the phone with the PC as well and so have contacts and calendar entries duplicated, but not email. Contacts are shown as Exchange Sync and Phone. Calendar entries, e.g. St Patrick's day, are shown as Exchange Sync and PC Outlook.

    I suspect that this happened when I first connected the phone to the PC and tried to configure HTC Sync. Unfortunately, you don't seem to be able to get into the settings until the phone is connected and by the time the settings have been changed and saved, the damage has been done.

    I'm not too fussed about the calendar entries but the contacts issue is a nightmare. I'm all too well aware that if I simply delete the "phone" entries then the delete action will be remembered and so if for any reason I need to rebuild the PC or get a new one then the first time I connect the phone all the delete actions will sync across to Outlook and then to Exchange and I'll lose all the contacts.

    I therefore need some method of removing the contact information without setting up a pending delete action. Under Windows Mobile this would not have been possible because everything to do with syncing the phone was left to Windows XP Sync and information could be set to sync with either Outlook or Exchange Server but not both. Moving from one to the other was a two stage process in that you first have to remove the current sync action which resulted in all the email etc being deleted. Once this was done then you could set up the new sync and get everything back.

    I am hoping then that the action described in this thread will do just that, simply clear all the contacts out which can then be resync'd with Exchange to get just those copies back on the phone. A similar setting could then be used to get the calendar entries back.

    Can anyone verify this please?

    Many thanks - Paul
  5. or you can also try this

    People -> Menu -> View -> Select what you want to see. That will remove the FB contacts when you access your contacts.

    I find it a good thing to at least have my FB contacts saved on my phone when im offline.
  6. Sjunky

    Sjunky New Member

    May 25, 2011
    I'm more into the next approach: If you don't want people in your contact list, why would you have them in your fb list?
  7. Glenn1972

    Glenn1972 New Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Hi only just got my HTC desire HD and have done just that with face book could you tell me hoe to save my contacts to my sd card so i can do the clean up please thanks. :)
  8. dpw65

    dpw65 Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    worked perfectly Tiny thanks
  9. RisingMoon

    RisingMoon Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2011
    Wasteland Wanderer/Prospector
    New Vegas
    The voice of truth!
  10. coolice

    coolice Member

    Jan 1, 2011

    Look for a program called "Contact Remover" ;

    Contact Remover for Android | AppBrain.com

    "Small tool to let you delete multiple contacts. Select one, many, or all. Search to identify contacts to delete.

    Touch to show contact details in app to help you decide which contacts to delete. Search works across all contact information (name, company, address, etc.).

    *** For more features such as select by account, copy, move, and merge, see Contact Remover Plus!

    NOTE: May not show or delete Facebook contacts depending on phone.

    *** Please email me if you have any problems, questions or suggestions. We developers CANNOT RESPOND to comments left as feedback in the market-google just doesn't give us any way to do it, so please email us!

    Recent changes:
    * Bug fixes.

    Latest version: 11 (for Android version 2.1 and higher)"

    This little app worked well for me, allows you to remove duplicates as well as see specific contact groups such as FB ones to delete them only :D


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