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    I'm still new to this Android thing and wanted to know how to backup phone contacts. I rooted my phone and used to use Verizon Backup Assistant, but not sure if that still works.

    I don't want ALL of my Gmail contacts to show up under "people" on my phone, but just the contacts I have now and future ones that I might add. Is there there is an easy way to backup the contacts on my phone to gmail and then sync the two each time there is an update or change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krazibones View Post
    I'm still new to this Android thing and wanted to know how to backup phone contacts. I rooted my phone and used to use Verizon Backup Assistant, but not sure if that still works.

    I don't want ALL of my Gmail contacts to show up under "people" on my phone, but just the contacts I have now and future ones that I might add. Is there there is an easy way to backup the contacts on my phone to gmail and then sync the two each time there is an update or change.
    You can choose which contacts show up on your list by using the People app... Menu | View, select the ones you want to appear in the list. Also, when adding contacts, be sure you are adding them to the desired category by using the drop down arrow at the very top (you might have to scroll up while adding a contact to see it).

    Most folks think it is best to sync with Google (gmail) automatically. But some prefer the manual method (i.e. People | Menu | Export). You can also play games using import/export within your gmail account itself while logged onto your PC. Works well.

    Backup Assistant "works", but is not advised by most (including me). It just isn't up to the task of syncing a Smartphone, IMHO.

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    Default Re: Backing up Phone Contacts?

    Quote Originally Posted by krazibones View Post
    I'm still new to this Android thing and wanted to know how to backup phone contacts. I rooted my phone and used to use Verizon Backup Assistant, but not sure if that still works.

    I don't want ALL of my Gmail contacts to show up under "people" on my phone, but just the contacts I have now and future ones that I might add. Is there there is an easy way to backup the contacts on my phone to gmail and then sync the two each time there is an update or change.
    Your contacts should be linked to your GMAIL Account and you don't have to back them up. But, if you want to have a copy, you can use "GoContacts EX" and pick Menu --> Imp/Exp and it will save all your contacts. You can even merge cntacts if there are doubles or more.

    If you enter a contact on your phone, it will appear in your Gmail contacts...if you enter the contact in your Gmail contacts...it will appear on your phone. You can put them in "groups" which will separate them.
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    ok so I came from a non-smartphone to a smartphone and when I first got my Thunderbolt it had ALL of my gmail contacts loaded (emails, names, people) and my phone contacts. It was too many contacts for me. I found how to remove the gmail contacts and not synch those to the People app on my phone. So now I just have my contacts (from my pre-smartphone days) under the People app.

    What I want to do is create a group in my gmail account called "Phone Contacts" and just sync my current phone contacts to that group in Gmail. But I think since my contacts under people are currently "Phone Contacts" they cant be synched to gmail, correct? Is there a way to convert all them to "Google Contacts" sycn them to that group I create in Gmail called "Phone Contacts" and then just show the "Phone Contacts" under the people app on my phone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by krazibones View Post
    ok so I came from a non-smartphone to a smartphone and when I first got my Thunderbolt it had ALL of my gmail contacts loaded (emails, names, people) and my phone contacts. It was too many contacts for me. I found how to remove the gmail contacts and not synch those to the People app on my phone. So now I just have my contacts (from my pre-smartphone days) under the People app.

    What I want to do is create a group in my gmail account called "Phone Contacts" and just sync my current phone contacts to that group in Gmail. But I think since my contacts under people are currently "Phone Contacts" they cant be synched to gmail, correct? Is there a way to convert all them to "Google Contacts" sycn them to that group I create in Gmail called "Phone Contacts" and then just show the "Phone Contacts" under the people app on my phone?
    To my knowledge, Google gmail cannot sync with your "phone" contacts. You'll probably have to do that manually. As far as converting your current phone contacts to Google contacts, you should be able to export them to a file on your SD Card. Then, import them into your Google account. Then, they'll begin syncing as Google contacts.

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    Default Re: Backing up Phone Contacts?

    Quote Originally Posted by krazibones View Post
    ok so I came from a non-smartphone to a smartphone and when I first got my Thunderbolt it had ALL of my gmail contacts loaded (emails, names, people) and my phone contacts. It was too many contacts for me. I found how to remove the gmail contacts and not synch those to the People app on my phone. So now I just have my contacts (from my pre-smartphone days) under the People app.

    What I want to do is create a group in my gmail account called "Phone Contacts" and just sync my current phone contacts to that group in Gmail. But I think since my contacts under people are currently "Phone Contacts" they cant be synched to gmail, correct? Is there a way to convert all them to "Google Contacts" sycn them to that group I create in Gmail called "Phone Contacts" and then just show the "Phone Contacts" under the people app on my phone?
    the easiest way to accomplish this is to go into the "People" app and assign the EACH CONTACT to a group.....FAMILY....Friends, Co-workers etc.

    Then pick one of HTC Widgets is called "People"...there are a few to chose from. When you add that to one of the blank pages on your home-screen, it will ask you for the contacts you want to display....you can pick more than one...family, friends etc.
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    I use My Backup Pro to save my contacts. I don't sync my contacts with Google cause I like to keep them separate, and this app works perfectly for that; nice and simple. There's also a free version in the market if you want to try it out - I think it will work for your needs, but I never used the free version so I'm kind of guessing it will.
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    +1 for MyBackup Pro, works great!
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    If you simply only want to see contacts with a phone number in People, it's as easy as checking the "Only with phone number" option under People Menu View. If you don't want them on the phone at all, use the suggestions above.
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    awesome, thank you all for the suggestions, i used a bunch of these and am where I want to be

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