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    Default Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Even under "edit contact", I can't change how each contact is saved. Is there an option to change this? I would like the all to be saved to gmail instead.
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    Default Re: GS4 (4.3) All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to google instead?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Quann View Post
    Even under "edit contact", I can't change how each contact is saved. Is there an option to change this? I would like the all to be saved to gmail instead.
    Welcome to the forums.

    I think maybe if you went into your Google account by Settings>Accounts tapped on your gmail, that should bring up the list of what can be synced. If you uncheck then recheck the contacts checkbox that should force a sync. If the sync takes a couple minutes, it should be fine.
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    Default Re: GS4 (4.3) All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to google instead?

    This sync option on syncs contacts From Gmail to phone and my Gmail contacts is empty. I want to sync from phone to gmail as well as change the way the contacts are saved in my phone... from device to gmail. Can you help with that?
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    Default Re: GS4 (4.3) All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to google instead?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Quann View Post
    This sync option on syncs contacts From Gmail to phone and my Gmail contacts is empty. I want to sync from phone to gmail as well as change the way the contacts are saved in my phone... from device to gmail. Can you help with that?
    Settings>back up and reset. Is everything checked?

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    Default Re: GS4 (4.3) All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to google instead?

    no one seems to understand what you mean here, but I know exactly what you mean and it is so aggravating. When adding a new contact to the contacts, the default action is to save to device. I also want to change the default action to save to google contacts as the new default but can not find out how to set this. I have been all through the phone and cant figure this one out and its driving me nuts, because if I forget to change each new contact to save to google contacts, it saves the contact to the device and does not show up in contacts because I only want my google contacts to show when I view my contacts, very annoying. help someone
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    Default Re: GS4 (4.3) All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to google instead?

    I have a LG G2 with exactly the problem you describe. Did you ever find a solution?
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Mine always defaults to google. I could swear I had the choice to make it default. Have you tried resetting you defaults (under main settings/apps/contacts) and then creating a contact using google? Then try to reboot. I only looked this up as someone just asked me how I did it and I can't figure out what I did. I have an S4.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    I understand what you are saying. I had the same problem today. I bought the Galaxy S5 and thought I had all my contacts set to auto sync. So when my contacts on my S4 didn't sync up with my S5 I was a bit confused. I finally saw that they were all set to device. The way I fixed this was:

    1- Enter the contacts list
    2-Click menu button
    3-Click on "SIM management"
    4-Click "Copy contacts to SIM"
    5-After all the contacts have been copied then repeat steps 1-3
    6-Once in "SIM management" again click "Copy contacts from SIM"
    7-Click Google account
    8-Once all are copied sign into your gmail on a computer.
    9-Top left says Gmail. This is a drop down menu. Click it and then pick "Contacts"
    10-When this is loaded you should then see all your contacts.

    This allowed me to have all my contacts directly update onto my S5. From this point on your contacts will always be on google and ready to sync to any new phone ore google device you get.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Aaron, thanks for the inspiration. However, there are cases where this method won't work. For example, if half of your contacts are Google and half are Device it would be tedious to select the ones on your Device. Furthermore you wouldn't know which ones were on your Device and which ones weren't.

    I suspect that you could disconnect your Google account, "Copy contacts to SIM", reconnect your Google account, then "Copy contacts from SIM".

    There is ,however, another way to move your device contacts to Google contacts.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    While googling an answer I came across a samsung site with a live chat, so I asked "Jasmine." She confirmed there's no way, on a GS4, to change the default contact location to anything but "Device."

    To add a contact to gmail, you MUST click on the "+" in Contacts, then click where it says "Device" and change it to "Google" then add your contact. Annoying but I guess I'll get used to it, now that I know I'm saving it to the danged phone by default. I thought we were past the age of posting on FB: "Help! Text me your name, my phone died and I got a new one!"
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    You can try this: Contacts/Contacts to display and check your Google account.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Go to Contacts, Import from (chose sim or device, where you normally save them) and after that it will say chose location - choose Google
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Go to contacts -> settings -> merge contacts -> merge contacts with google.

    My phone is in german so i dont know the correct english translation. This will sync all contacts on your device with google.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    I have version 4.4.4 and am not seeing this issue. Is this version available to you?
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Hi everyone. On the Note 4 this can be done following the steps below: -

    1. Contacts
    2. Menu (top right under contacts tile)
    3. Select option "Move device contacts to"
    4. Select your preferred Google account

    Now when you create a new contact you should see an option to select your preferred place to save contacts.

    Hope this helps
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    I have v4.4.4 (NJ4) and mine defaults to device. I cannot find a way to change the default contact save-to location either.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Same issue S4 V4.4.4 and I cannot get my contacts to auto sync to google I have to use a dropdown which of course I forget to do 90% of the time it also did this on 4.4.2. I also have an S5 on 4.4.2 and it auto adds to google no problem. I have reset contact defaults stopped contacts reopened. I have reset the device. Had the device replaced. Same issue no matter what I do with the S4. I work for a cell carrier and know many people with the S4 they do not have this issue. I know people who work for cell phone warranty and problems they've seen it in other devices as well like the g3 but instead they said it was backing up to another source not the device whatever carrier they were using it was syncing to their backup system. This is driving me crazy I know quite a bit about devices and how they work but it seems that there is something I have overlooked. Samsung did not help with the issue they said it's suppose to do that. I found this amusing since I had someone right next to me with their s4 and it auto defaults theirs to their google account. I have already synced all my contacts to my google at this point but I just want to be able to add a contact by default to my google like I did with my s3 and s5 and which I know s4s do as well. Has anyone came up with a fix for this?
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    awesome!!
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Quote Originally Posted by shawneebear View Post
    Same issue S4 V4.4.4 and I cannot get my contacts to auto sync to google I have to use a dropdown which of course I forget to do 90% of the time it also did this on 4.4.2. I also have an S5 on 4.4.2 and it auto adds to google no problem. I have reset contact defaults stopped contacts reopened. I have reset the device. Had the device replaced. Same issue no matter what I do with the S4. I work for a cell carrier and know many people with the S4 they do not have this issue. I know people who work for cell phone warranty and problems they've seen it in other devices as well like the g3 but instead they said it was backing up to another source not the device whatever carrier they were using it was syncing to their backup system. This is driving me crazy I know quite a bit about devices and how they work but it seems that there is something I have overlooked. Samsung did not help with the issue they said it's suppose to do that. I found this amusing since I had someone right next to me with their s4 and it auto defaults theirs to their google account. I have already synced all my contacts to my google at this point but I just want to be able to add a contact by default to my google like I did with my s3 and s5 and which I know s4s do as well. Has anyone came up with a fix for this?
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    I have the opposite problem....
    I want the default to be saved as "DEVICE" but it saves to "Samsung Account. "

    Syncing with Outlook only happens if coontact is saved as a "Device" contact.
    Once saved - cannot move to DEVICE.

    Help Please...

    N* Samsung Note 3
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    Hi, I had the same problem. It seems that my default was changed from device to Google when I kept changing it to Google when I was adding contacts. And to change all the contacts in device to Google at once, just click on merge account. Choose google acc. And all contacts from device will be changed to Google. I'm using S4 too
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    I have the same issue with my new Galaxy S6. I'm new to Android so this "Contacts on Device" vs "Contacts on Google" is a bit confusing and frustrating to me.

    By the wording, I assume that my Google contacts are NOT on my device. So if I lose network connection or I'm on airplane mode, I will not see my Google contacts? This is not the case because when I shut off my data or go into airplane mode I still see my Google contacts on my phone. So they ARE actually on the device, right? But if I go to Contacts - Settings - Contacts To Display and select "Phone", no contacts are there. So I have no contacts on my device?

    When I try to sync my contacts to Verizon Cloud (I need to do this in order to properly use the messaging app on my PC), it tells me I have no contacts on my device to sync, even though I have over 300 Google contacts that I see on my phone (but I guess these are not on my device, or are they).

    In order to avoid all of this BS, is there a way to keep device contacts continuously synced with the Google contacts so that they mirror each other? So that if I add or edit a contact on one, it does the same to the other? I've tried importing all of my Google contacts to the device and linking them, but this causes more issues then it solves. If you edit a linked contact on device it does nothing to the Google contact and vice versa. But if you delete the linked contact on one, it deletes the other. And adding a new contact on one does not add it to the other.

    Since I'm new to the Android operating system, maybe there's something here I'm missing. If anyone can shed some light on this issue, please let me know. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    My contact page does not have a menu button.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    It was pretty easy to do on my S5 version 4.4.4 (im not upgrading to lollipop 5 until they work out the bugs)

    Since I did the same thing, entered my contacts to "Device" not realizing that it cannot be backed up on Google later, this is what I did:


    Tap-contacts, then tap menu (3 dots under the word contacts top right), then tap settings, then tap Contacts,
    then tap import/export, then tap (I know this is counter-intuitive but this is not a typo) tap Export To Device Storage,
    then tap OK to confirm.
    Then you should be back at the Settings, tap Import/Export again, this time tap Import FROM Device, then tap Google

    You are done.



    To Sync with Google, make sure your phone is linked or signed into Google or Google+

    To Sync right now to make sure it is working, on the S5, go back to Home, Swipe down from the top to bring down the settings, and look for the Sync button. swipe the buttons to the left if you don't see it. (You may need to add it, do that by clicking on the top right icon with 3 squares, go to the bottom, and drag the Sync button to the active menu)
    Anyway, once you click on the Sync button, log onto your Google account on your computer, go to your contact list, and there they are!

    Bonus is you can add a ton of contacts by using your computer, which to me, is way faster than adding using my phone, then you can sync and they will appear on your phone.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 (4.3): All contacts are saved to device. Can I change them to Google instead?

    It was pretty easy to do on my S5 version 4.4.4 (im not upgrading to lollipop 5 until they work out the bugs)

    Since I did the same thing, entered my contacts to "Device" not realizing that it cannot be backed up on Google later, this is what I did:


    Tap-contacts, then tap menu (3 dots under the word contacts top right), then tap settings, then tap Contacts,
    then tap import/export, then tap (I know this is counter-intuitive but this is not a typo) tap Export To Device Storage,
    then tap OK to confirm.
    Then you should be back at the Settings, tap Import/Export again, this time tap Import FROM Device, then tap Google

    You are done.



    To Sync with Google, make sure your phone is linked or signed into Google or Google+

    To Sync right now to make sure it is working, on the S5, go back to Home, Swipe down from the top to bring down the settings, and look for the Sync button. swipe the buttons to the left if you don't see it. (You may need to add it, do that by clicking on the top right icon with 3 squares, go to the bottom, and drag the Sync button to the active menu)
    Anyway, once you click on the Sync button, log onto your Google account on your computer, go to your contact list, and there they are!

    Bonus is you can add a ton of contacts by using your computer, which to me, is way faster than adding using my phone, then you can sync and they will appear on your phone.
    THANK YOU. This solution actually works for S4, if anyone googled for this topic and is looking for a solution.
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