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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Loiselle, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Here it is.. simply put...

    I have contacts stored on my PC in the " .contact " file type. iTunes took these files and put them on my iPhone and bam... that was it. Contacts synced.

    What will be the best way for me to load those contacts onto an Android device... WITHOUT loading them into my separate Gmail program?

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  2. Well the easiest and smoothest is going to be synchronized through gmail all other ways are hit or miss
  3. Aatos.1

    Aatos.1 Android Enthusiast

    That's a great question, I've used Gmail for so long that all my contacts were in place. My Calendar, and all that.

    I wish I could help, but I just don't know, I'm sure someone will come along and give you the correct instruction for exporting them.

    Cheers... :)
  4. Aatos.1

    Aatos.1 Android Enthusiast

  5. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Okay, secondary question...

    could I create a dummy account, load my contacts to it, then sync that email address with my phone to load the contacts... then remove the account from the phone?

  6. You could but once.you remove that account the contact sync wouldn't work any longer. Why don't you just want to use your gmail?
  7. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Cause my gmail account is used for garbage emails to be honest. And I really don't want to sync my contacts to a cloud to be totally honest.

  8. Well then android is a bit of a problem. Googles whole outlook on the internet is cloud based
  9. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    What about putting my contacts in my exchange account that I have? How about that?
  10. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    When you remove the account the contacts are removed as well.

    You'll need a gmail account on the phone in order to access the market. My advice, create an account to use STRICTLY for market/contacts since it sounds like you won't be using it for mail.

  11. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    So the email that is needed for the marketplace AND for my contacts DOES NOT NEED TO BE USED to receive emails whatsoever? I can still have my normal email account on the phone?

  12. Yea that's the only way your phone will work
  13. Aatos.1

    Aatos.1 Android Enthusiast

    Android is completely dependent on you using a Gmail account for all their services, contacts, calendar, docs, you name it.

    While I suppose that anything is possible, I know first hand from my friends who have done just exactly what you are talking about that it really makes a mess of things. Once you sync your phone with a Gmail account, to remove it is a royal pain. It involves a total reset.

    You do not want to do that... believe me.

    The best, and only way in my humble opinion is to create a new Gmail account if you don't already have one, and then just get your contacts into it. Even if you have to work on it a little at a time. Remember you can sit at your computer and put your contact and any other info into your new Gmail account quite easily. Also your Gmail account becomes your Google account which gives free access to all their services.

    The very first thing you do when getting a new Android phone is to enter your Gmail address and password. Then everything is synced without any problems in mere seconds the phone is ready.

    It's the easiest phone to setup ever. Also as time goes by, and I don't mean a long time, just days, you will see the advantages that the combination of Gmail Google and Android offer. It's a very good system.

    I'm a software engineer that works in a multi-platform environment creating software tools for Windows 7, OS X, and Linux. I can tell you in no uncertain terms that for a really great experience Android cannot be beat.

    The one thing you must remember is iOS used in iPhones is totally different than Android. So you will need to make a commitment to yourself to do a little learning. It's fun and the reward is amazing.
  14. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    Pretty much! :) It will still be listed under the Gmail app but you can set it to not sync gmail automatically.
  15. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    So... could I do this?

    Create a Gmail account and load my contacts...


    have a secondary email on the phone that I use all the time? It's my exchange email account.
  16. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    Just worth noting that when syncing your iPhone, you can set it to sync your contacts with Gmail and it will automatically load them into gmail for you. My wife went through it a few months ago when she made the switch.

    Soooo much easier then typing one at a time.
  17. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    Yes. The gmail account will be the one that allows you to "access" the market. You would never have to use it for any other reason if you didn't want to.

    I use an exchange account and a gmail account on mine with no problem!
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  18. Aatos.1

    Aatos.1 Android Enthusiast

    I have five email accounts on each of my Android phones.

    One for work, personal, etc.

    In fact that's one of the strengths of Android especially if they are all gmail accounts, it's really fast to check them. Yahoo works as well as do others.

    It's simply that Android is truly designed and optimized for gmail, which is to be expected.

    Frankly I haven't found anything that cannot be done with Android, not that there isn't, but I do an awful lot of different things with mine and it's so much nicer than an iPhone it's not even funny.
  19. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Kelmar, thank you. I really appreciate it. It's been a question that has been annoying me for quite some time.
  20. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    No problem :)

    Anything else on your mind that we can help with? Here on AF we are all friends!!
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  21. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
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    That was pretty much the big deal. Thanks.
  22. Aatos.1

    Aatos.1 Android Enthusiast

    Wow... I cannot believe (looking really embarrassed :eek: ) that I forgot about that.

    I totally blew it. I have an iPhone with my gmail calendar syncing along with iCal and you are soooooo right!

    I'm so glad YOU are thinking, I had major brain fade on that one.... :)

    Oh well... at least you know I have no problem admitting my error YIKES!
  23. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    Lol! No worries :D

    I'm surprised I remembered it too, I haven't touched an iPhone in about 3 years. :cool:
  24. Loiselle

    Loiselle Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Certain thing I will miss about my iPhone, no doubt... like a unified piece of software that syncs everything of mine... but make no mistake... I WILL NOT MISS ITUNES!!!!!
  25. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    Ironically enough, that's the ONE thing that my wife did miss (until she found an app that did it)!

    Honestly, I think Apply made a great product that changed the way the cellphone industry thought and functioned.... personally, I couldn't stand mine and sold it after 3 months. It's great to at least have options!!!

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