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    Default Delete contact from phone but NOT Gmail contacts

    Hello all,
    Is there a way to store my Gmail contacts on my Droid X2, so that if I delete a contact from the phone, it makes no changes to that contact synced in Gmail?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Delete contact from phone but NOT Gmail contacts

    You could go to Settings/Accounts-Google/, tap your Google account, then uncheck Contacts. This will unsync your Contacts, so if you delete a contact on your phone, it won't delete from your main Google account. HOWEVER, if you check the Contacts box again, it will sync and then you will delete the contact from your Google account. So it's kind of a one-time deal.

    Another option would be to import all of your Google Contacts into your Phone account, not your Google account, using the Import function in the People app. Then you could unsync Google Contacts to remove all of the contacts that sync with your Google Account. You would then have all of your Google Contacts in your Phone account, which does NOT sync with your Google account, and so if you delete an contact on your phone, it won't delete in your Google Account.

    Sorry, that sounded pretty confusing, didn't it?
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    Default Re: Delete contact from phone but NOT Gmail contacts

    lol yes it sounds confusing, but the situation is confusing so its expected.

    I'll give that a shot, thanks!
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    Default Re: Delete contact from phone but NOT Gmail contacts

    Thanks! I almost messed it up by syncing back with google HALFWAY before contacts were deleted.

    Make sure to check your notification bar for the "too many contacts deleting" confirmation. FINISH that confirmation before you re-sync back with Google Contacts.
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    Default Re: Delete contact from phone but NOT Gmail contacts

    I have read the other responses and they aren't what you need.

    It is very simple. These smart phones under settings for contacts, allow you to choose what is actually displayed. Ex. Phone contacts; gmail contacts etc...

    If you want only a certain amount of displayed contacts, without deleting from gmail, depending upon how many total contacts you have ca be arduous, but here is how you do it.

    Go ahead and sync your gmail account including contacts with your phone. This assumes that you want most of your gmail contacts on your phone.

    This is actually helpful, because even if you only want a finite list of contacts on your phone, you will still know who's calling based upon the gmail contacts even if not on your phone list.

    After you sync the contacts, go into contacts settings and choose phone for how the contacts are to be displayed. All of your contacts will likely be there. THen go into accounts settings and delete the google account. This separates your phone from gmail.

    Now, go into contacts and settings and choose delete. Now, select all. Now go thru all of your contacts and de-select only those you want to keep in the phone display list. Once you have your keepers, delete the reset.

    Now re-add the google account and allow sync as an option in settings. The phone contacts will constantly sync to your gmail contacts, but your phone list won't change.

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