Editing contacts on my PC
SII Skyrocket, running ICS, with AT&T.
Is there any way to edit my contacts on my PC?
When I installed ICS, I failed to recognize that there was a setting that got changed to auto sync my contacts with (something?) and now, I've got multiple copies of various contacts as well as a bunch of contacts for people I don't even know who must be on FaceButt or something (Need to get FB off of the phone, it's nothing but trouble - but that's another thread, I guess).
Anyhow, rather than tediously going through the zillions of new, unwanted contacts on the phone, it'd be easier to do it on my PC. So I figure there's some way to do that. Perhaps I need to download an app?
I'd rather NOT turn on any kind of syncing, I have no desire to bloat my phone's phonebook more. I'm trying to trim it down.
- 09-01-2012, 06:31 PM #2
- 09-02-2012, 07:12 AM #3
OK. Sounds like this may be much more difficult than it was on my old "dumb" phone.
I purposely set up my g-mail to be my "throw away" or "spam" email, not my "real" email. This has worked well because it's associated with FaceButt. So it catches all of the garbage that spews forth from that source. Hundreds of people I don't know, etc. So that's been good.
But the last thing I wanted was to end up with all of those folks as contacts in my phone's address book where I have to wade through them to find my "real" contacts. I might as well "synch" with a New York phone book.
I guess I'll just bite the bullet and manually edit out all of the unwanted contacts that accidentally got "synched" in already between me upgrading to ICS and now, and just learn my lesson to always be sure to keep any synch stuff swotched off and check for those switches to get thrown any time I do a software update.
- 09-02-2012, 11:17 PM #5
Re: Editing contacts on my PC
As fancy and smart as these phones are, you'd think there would be a simple app and corresponding program for our PCs that just lets us manage our contacts on the PC and then transfer back and forth between the PC and the phone - like my dumb phones from 10 years ago had. But I'm not finding any such program/app out there, and it's not built in. Sort of a giant step backwards, like not having seat belts on the Starship Enterprise - technology lost to the ages. ;-)
I just went in and deleted all of the "junk contacts" directly on the phone, but as you point out, it was time consuming due to the far clunkier interface than what I had with my old dumb phones and a PC. But I don't want any of those junk contacts polluting my phone at all (I don't just want to hide them, I actually want them gone because they're not actually "contacts" of mine, they're just spam transferred in from FaceButt against my will, to people I don't know and don't need to have in my contacts list). I guess I'm just annoyed that some "social network" is deciding who I should and should not be associated with. I'll choose my own contacts, thank you very much!
And I don't want to manage my contacts via Google. But I suppose they want us to do that so they can have access to all of that information, too. The goal is to eliminate anything "stand alone" on our PCs, phones, etc., and move everything to the "cloud" so that nothing can be private or under our full control, and ultimately will not belong to us at all. Instead, everything moves to a subscription model where we have to pay constantly rather than be able to actually buy and own anything. Kind of like Microsoft doing away with Visual Studio 6 and going to the "dot net" model where you can't just own the software, you kind of "rent" it to guarantee continuing dependence on, and payments to, MS.
I'm going to go make me an aluminum foil hat now.
- 11-14-2012, 04:25 PM #7
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Re: Editing contacts on my PC
I just had to do a factory reset and am looking to update my contacts on my PC and not my phone. Most of my Gmail contacts are email contacts and not people I call or text, so I dont want them on my phonebook. Any ideas? Galaxy Nexus, Jelly Bean 4.1.2
- 11-27-2012, 08:37 AM #8