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    Default How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    So I was smart enough to add all my contacts in Gmail first and then just have it sync to my phone. No problem. But now I have added phone numbers of people as I got them on the phone, but they don't show up in my Contacts on Gmail. How do I get them there?

    Also, I have a Thunderbolt, so how do I tell if the contacts are saved on Gmail, the phone, or the SIM card?
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    When you create a contact on your phone, be sure to select Google as the contact type (the alternative and default is Phone). You will soon see it automatically populate your Google contacts online the next time it syncs automatically.

    If you selected Phone as the contact type, not to worry it still sync'd to your google account, however you won't see it by default in your contact list online. They'll be stored under Other Contacts on the contacts page.

    To move contacts you stored as Phone type into your normal Google Contacts, go to your Gmail page online -> click on Contacts -> click on Other Contacts -> tick the checkbox for any contacts you want to be normal contacts -> click the Groups dropdown menu -> select My Contacts group. This in effect changes the contact type from Phone to Google.

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    That's a good question.
    I have noticed that if you click to edit the contact, there are two entries for the phone number... one for "phone" and one for "Google", and they are linked. Numbers that I add on the phone don't show up in my contact list with gmail unless I add them there on the phone, though when I add numbers on my computer at gmail.com, they sync up with the phone's contact list.
    Addresses added on the phone don't even seem to have an option to save to google.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nycz_illest View Post
    So I was smart enough to add all my contacts in Gmail first and then just have it sync to my phone. No problem. But now I have added phone numbers of people as I got them on the phone, but they don't show up in my Contacts on Gmail. How do I get them there?

    Also, I have a Thunderbolt, so how do I tell if the contacts are saved on Gmail, the phone, or the SIM card?

    Go to the People app (which is the all contact list) on your Thunderbolt then select Menu, View and you see under the options tab how many are stored on GOOGLE, SIM, & PHONE.
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    Go into settings > accounts > Sync and you'll have the option to sync all apps connected to Google. Contacts is one of them.
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    When you create a contact on your phone, be sure to select Google as the contact type (the alternative and default is Phone). You will soon see it automatically populate your Google contacts online the next time it syncs automatically.

    If you selected Phone as the contact type, not to worry it still sync'd to your google account, however you won't see it by default in your contact list online. They'll be stored under Other Contacts on the contacts page.

    To move contacts you stored as Phone type into your normal Google Contacts, go to your Gmail page online -> click on Contacts -> click on Other Contacts -> tick the checkbox for any contacts you want to be normal contacts -> click the Groups dropdown menu -> select My Contacts group. This in effect changes the contact type from Phone to Google.
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    Quote Originally Posted by srkmagnus View Post
    Go into settings > accounts > Sync and you'll have the option to sync all apps connected to Google. Contacts is one of them.

    Thanks. So I tried that, and nothing happened. I'm guessing because the phone numbers I have saved on the phone don't sync because they are on the phone and not to Google. So once I figure out how to move the contact from Phone to Google, then it will sync.


    Quote Originally Posted by DenverRalphy View Post
    When you create a contact on your phone, be sure to select Google as the contact type (the alternative and default is Phone). You will soon see it automatically populate your Google contacts online the next time it syncs automatically.

    Thanks for all of this. But since I have already saved that contact to the phone, where is the option to select whether to have it as a contact on the Phone or Google? I can't find the option to change it to Google.


    Quote Originally Posted by DenverRalphy View Post
    If you selected Phone as the contact type, not to worry it still sync'd to your google account, however you won't see it by default in your contact list online. They'll be stored under Other Contacts on the contacts page.

    So I went to online to my Gmail account to Other Contacts, and there weren't any phone numbers...just emails. I just added 3 people this past week, and none of their names or phone numbers appeared here or in my regular Contacts section on Gmail. The only place they are found are on my phone, and as mentioned above, I don't know how to move them to Google (yet).
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    show all contacts in gmail
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    Quote Originally Posted by drkchoc513 View Post
    show all contacts in gmail
    I'm sorry, but I don't know where the Show All Contacts option is on Gmail
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    Unless your phone will allow you to export the phone contacts so you can import them into your Google account you'll probably need to rekey them.

    Phone contacts will not sync despite the misinformation above. They are only local to your device. Other contacts will only sync with the account with which they are associated.

    I'm not sure how you select the contact type. I do have 2 accounts on my device but my Exchange account is only accessed via Touchdown so my only option for new contacts (in Contacts) is the Google contact type.
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    Default Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    I would also like to know how to move contacts that are already on the phone but NOT in the google account, from the phone to the google account. I can do export from the phone and then import the file into google, but export seems to export EVERYTHING ... including my existing Google contacts that the phone shows.

    There has to be an easier way to move just the few contacts that are already on the phone, to my google account. Is there an app that does this?
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    Default Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    Here is the easiest way.

    Open Contacts
    Then Hit the Menu options
    And in there choose Merge with google

    Select the google account you want all the contacts to merge with and voila!

    Hope it helps you, it helped me!
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    Talking Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    Thanks That worked for me
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    Default Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    go to contacts
    select menu
    select contacts to display
    select device (if thats where the contacts you want to move have been saved)
    select menu
    select import/export
    select export to sd card
    select import from sd card
    select the google account to save contacts to

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    Default Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    Hi all,
    maybe it could be useful, I'd like to announce this app that convert contacts saved on the phone to one of your GMAIL accounts (in order to be synchronized).
    For example this is very useful when you get a vcard contact via bluetooth where you have to save it "only" on the phone, without being able to select "GMAIL".

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.phone2google

    Cheers
    Ale
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    Default Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    Hi,

    I do not see "merge with google" in contact menu options. I got Android ICW. Please tell me any other method?
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    Default Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    Quote Originally Posted by Devesh Somani View Post
    I got Android ICW.
    You mean Android ICS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devesh Somani View Post
    Hi,

    I do not see "merge with google" in contact menu options. I got Android ICW. Please tell me any other method?
    Welcome to Android Central! You probably need to export the contacts to a .csv or multiple .vcf file, and then import it back into Google. See this guide for more info: [GUIDE] Getting Started with Android (2014)
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    Default Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    If you have only one contact that you want to merge from your phone to your Google account, follow these instructions:
    [*]Open People or Contacts[*]Find the contact you want to merge and select that contact.[*]Select "Share namecard via."[*]Select "Gmail."[*]Email the contact to yourself.[*]Then import the contact into your Google contacts by clicking on the Vcard, or .vcf file.[*]After you have imported the contact, you can open them and change their group from "Imported on *date*" to whichever group you see fit.
    After I have move the contact from the Imported group, I usually delete that "Imported on *date*" group.
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    Default Re: How Do I move Contacts From Phone to Gmail?

    Wasn't in my "Other Contacts" group. :/

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