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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by abourne, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. abourne

    abourne Well-Known Member
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    I linked all my contact list to Facebook.

    It's too busy, to many updates I don't care for, images, details, etc.

    I want to get this back to the way it was before, but I don't see an option to do this.


    How do I un-link Facebook connections in my Contact list?

    Interesting to Note:

    A search of this matter shows that someone posted the same question here:


    But didn't tell us the solution.

    Hopefully I'll find the solution here.

    Interesting Note 2:

    Since my entire Contact list is sync'd with my Google Contacts. I suppose I could delete my entire contact list on Google, let it sync to my phone to empty my contact list, the re-upload my contacts to Google, hence re-sync'ing my contact list, but I really don't want to do all that!


  2. ToxicToastKatz

    ToxicToastKatz Android Enthusiast

    Don't quote me on this, but I don't know if that would help.

    When you sync your contacts to your Facebook profile, a "note" is created in each contact in the "Notes" or "Other" section of the contact that tells Facebook who to link to. You can view what I'm talking about if you go into a linked contact in Google on the PC and look at the Notes section.

    I'm not sure how you'd undo that in a batch type operation.
  3. abourne

    abourne Well-Known Member
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    I have the solution!

    I will post detailed steps shortly!
  4. abourne

    abourne Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    1) Go into your Google Contact List (on the web)

    2) Under Each Contact - Notes - you'll see:

    3) Edit each contact by deleting:


    I don't know of a batch operation for this, so I had to do this manually for each contact using the "edit", delete the text, and "save" for each one.

    Yes, this is both tedious and time consuming.

    4) In Google Contacts (on the web)


    a) Export (only My Contacts)

    b) Google CSV format (for importing into a Google account)

    c) Save the file on your hard drive

    5) Delete ALL your contacts

    (don't worry, you have your backup file on your hard drive)

    6) On your HTC Hero, select:

    Menu --> Settings --> Data Synchronization --> Google

    Uncheck the Contacts check-box

    Check the Contacts check-box

    This will sync your contacts on your phone.

    By the time this in complete, you should have zero contacts both on your phone and in your Goolgle (web) contact list.

    7) In Google Contacts (on the web)


    Simply browse and upload the file you download in Step 4) above.

    8) Repeat Step 6) above

    You're now done.

    Seems you need to remove the note


    manually, remove the contacts, sync, upload the edited contacts (without the notes) and re-sync.

    If anyone knows a simpler process, please post.

  5. abourne

    abourne Well-Known Member
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    Minimizing the Facebook link connections also appears to save battery power, because as you go into contacts, it starts looking for facebook updates.

    I've decided to link individually on a case-by-case basis, but not globally.

    I've added my dad, and now I see my dad's picture every time he calls.
  6. kennyidaho

    kennyidaho Android Enthusiast

    Could you please clarify if step 4 and beyond is necessary? The reason I ask is because I don't have a large amount of contacts so if steps 1 through 3 work on their own it would be perfect for me.
  7. abourne

    abourne Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Import and Export Contact List:

    Gmail --> Contact List --> Import / Export Links

    Export - Exports your contacts as file you can save to your hard drive in CSV format

    Import - Imports your contacts as a file you have saved or exported.

    All email contacts have import / export contacts capabilities.
  8. kennyidaho

    kennyidaho Android Enthusiast

    Sorry wasn't asking for clarification on how to export, but just asking if the export of all contacts is actually needed.
  9. abourne

    abourne Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I like to clear and delete my contact list on Google Contacts.

    Next, sync it with my phone, such that I have zero contacts in my phone.

    Now that I have zero contacts in each, I then upload the saved contacts file, and re-sync to my phone.

    So, as I see it, yes, in order to have zero contacts in each - for a fresh new start - one must export, save, and then eventually import again.

    This is the way I do it. There may be other methods.

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