| || |
Re: restore contacts after factory data reset without backing it up to gmail
There's an earlier thread where i was looking for the same. Easy peasy.
Originally Posted by recklezzrogue
Depending on your phone, you may have a local phone book option. Try hitting "export" and see if you can export to "phone". Newer Google and Motorola phones don't have that option. In that case, first you want to save your contacts to a file, copy your contacts to a VCF file. Very easy, go to your contacts, hit export, and save the file to "storage". You can send the file then to yourself, or store it on a server, whatever cloud storage you currently use, like drop box, etc. Just like you might in any other circumstance. And keep that in mind for periodic back ups. Just because google offers web-based email and contact list service doesn’t automatically mean you need to sign up for or utilize that service. So i'm not sure why people get up in arms if you reject the service. lol. Other phones have a local account option, in the past Google has, lately they have not.
People tell you it's an android o/s phone, therefore you must be trying to hide if you don’t send them your phone contacts, or ‘they have it anyway so just give it up’ or ‘if you don’t want that service don’t use any of it'. I don't quite get those arguments. I've used a number of other operating systems in the past, whether it be my phone or my computer and were they data mining/advertising companies, i wouldn't have sent them my contacts either. There’s was never an assumption, use 1 part of it, use it all, or that you should be entrenched in all their services (Is everyone expected to use 'Drive’ if they’ve always used and like the drop box service? Well it comes installed on android. Personally I don't use Google Contacts but really like my Google Drive). Google gmail and google contacts are add-on services just like any other service that a company would offer. And a person doesn't have to like the company who makes your phone o/s, (Although if you really want to be absolutely *100%* done with them, *then* you may want to look into other options for an o/s, but opting out of their services and eco system seems completely reasonable, sending a company your info is optional). I hear people knock Microsoft all the time but they also knock apple. What to do, do they all spurn both and find a dif. o/s for their computer? Probably very few do. In either case, like them or not, there is no reason to send your entire phone book to a data collection/advertising/social media company just because they have a social media hub and digital services that they would like you to be an integral part of it. I've used Yahoo for my main emails since it came out, so I'm not going to switch over to a new contacts service or email service just because they make the o/s of my phone. If anything, Google is forcing the choice btwn all in or all out, so it's not surprising people are starting to opt further out. Like people moving over to Vimeo because youtube won’t stop trying to drag them into G+, which is a totally different service than Youtube or Gmail. Or people disabling gmail from their phone completely because it's the only native way to have a local phone book.
Anyway, if your phone never came with a local option you'll need to create a local account through an app. I updated the thread to include the solution in the first post. I have a stock android phone, is there a way to have a contact list that is not google affiliated?.
AFTER you've exported your contacts to "storage" (saved it as a vcf file), delete your Google contacts: [Settings > apps > contacts > clear data/cache. Also Settings > apps > contact storage > clear data/cache].
*then* import your contacts to your local account. Go to the vcf file (though a file manager app), click on it, it gives you 2 options. “Contacts” or “dialer”, click “contacts” (ONCE), it will give you 2 options. “local account” or the gmail account. Choose local account. All your contacts will end up there.
Once you've done that, if your contacts inadvertently went to your gmail account via a default link and sync, and you want to remove them, (make sure you do this last after you've saved your contacts to your local phone book and a vcf file) go to gmail site, pull down to contacts, click all, hit delete. They stay there for 30 days (start to type an email addy and you'll see), but will be gone from Google Contacts after that, even though still possibly on Google servers, but that's life, just like if you shop for something your data/info/history is stored with that company forever. Although maybe Google doesn't keep it forever, people will tell you that Google treats your information respectfully, so surely they wouldn’t keep using that information for their active data and/or advertising practices. Lol. Surely. In fact, Google may just be a very reasonable company, perhaps if someone asked them to re-add a local account option on stock phones, maybe they would do it.
As for being new here, while you may not care for the entire Google conglomerate, this *is* an environment where they are highly respected and well liked, so it's wise to just keep that in mind. Just as Apple would be on an iPhone forum. Hopefully not to the point of walking on eggshells, but opting out of the Google ecosystem can occasionally rub people the wrong way.
If you have any questions on the logistics, prolly best to add it on to the thread i posted in the link.