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Somebody Help Me Understand "Contacts"
I guess I need a link to "The Complete *****'s Guide to Android Contacts."
I'm coming from an Outlook-based contact database (which I want to maintain), and I'm also a former Windows Mobile user, so these interacted and synced seamlessly. Now, there are just enough differences in the way Android does things that makes me feel like I'm chasing my tail, and I'm getting more frustrated with each turn.
My Captivate was loaded with my original Windows Mobile/Outlook contacts when I bought it from the college kid at the AT&T store. I'm assuming all these were also sync'ed to my new Google Contacts, although I was basically unaware they existed as part of the e-mail account. Since then, I've backed-up my phone with MyPhoneExplorer in order to upgrade to 2.2. This program supposedly goes to my Outlook desktop files and syncs the phone to it. I've also added new contacts originating in the phone and a couple originating in Outlook. All these syncs seemed to work well, but there are several contacts in my phone which won't update the web-based Google Contacts no matter what I do.
Ninety-five percent of my contacts have the little "g" logo beside them, indicating they are part of my Google Contacts and therefore backed up on the web. But, there are a few that don't have the logo and don't appear in the web list. In settings, the "Save new contacts to" has always been set to Google. When a contact is open, it shows "joined contacts" as the green phone logo and the Google "g". So now I have two sets of phone numbers for each contact instead of one, and I now seem to have identical complete phone contacts and Google contacts. Can I delete the phone contacts and keep the Google ones?
How do I just get down to one set of contacts that are backed up on Google web Contacts?
My most trustworthy contact list, with many contact photos is now in my phone. What steps do I need to take to make this the list to sync from? And, do I delete my Outlook Contacts and/or Google Contacts before trying to re-sync?
I won't even get into the Catagories list from Outlook and how that's been a total mess. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks