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  1. Aswell

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    I want to sign into my android phone (Motorola Moto G) with my Gmail account so I can use the Google Calendar but when I do it seems to import all my Gmail contact list as well - which I don't want as it messes up my phone list on the phone.

    Can I do this somehow?

    Thanks,. Brian
     

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    In your Settings >> Accounts >> Google >> 'your gmail address' will be a listing of items. Uncheck 'Sync Contacts'.

    Hopefully you're syncing your phone's Contacts with another online mail account. Otherwise note that you really, really need to be judiciously doing manual backups of your Contacts. Don't just rely on luck and an assumption that '... I've never had a problem before...' as any kind of assurance something won't actually happen to your phone.
     
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    OK, thanks Svim. I use a PC based program for backup.

    Brian
     
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    I too avoided syncing with Google contacts for a long time.... many many years in fact.
    I only had the contacts list on my phone itself, and I was good about doing backups.

    In fact, I had an app backing it up and sending it to my personal email account and stored there in a folder. Also backed it up to my PC 'once in a blue moon'....

    I thought everything was "working just fine", but my backup periods were too far apart for the realities of life.

    and one day, I decided to get a new phone. Something went bonkers with that phone and I just decided on a whim that it would be easier to just FDR the phone and import all of my backups and get on with life.

    Well, it just so happened, that I had attended a conference acquiring a lot of new info in between the last backup, and when I restarted that phone from scratch.... Life didn't end right there, but it caused me a lot of discontent.... I still have the previous phone, I kept it for a spare/backup. Checked the contacts list on it, and it was woefully out of date....

    That was when I decided that keeping contacts on the phone internally was a very, very bad idea.

    since that moment in time, all of my new contacts are now sync'd with Google Contacts and calendar. Life is much smoother now.
     
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    Interesting. What I would like is to keep my contacts without a phone number (email only type) separate from my phoneing contacts, if you see what I mean. The phone list just gets messed up as I have a lot which have no phone number attached.
     
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    Well depending on the phone, there are settings to 'display only contacts with phone numbers'. You could also set it so that the contact has his phone number and email existing in only one entry.

    However I would suggest you just set your contacts into Groups on Gmail on your PC. Then on your phone, you can set it to display only contacts from certain groups.
     

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