1. chezybezy's Avatar
    just got my N4 yesterday but im running into a problem with contacts.

    id like to keep my phone contacts separate from the google contacts. seeing 300+ contacts instead of my 160 i keep in my phone is a pain, and then seeing several variations of the same contacts (diff numbers or emails or even the same info repeated) is a PITA.
    Or at least have a folder in my google contacts (if im forced to do so) that only has my phone contacts and NOT the gmail contacts, but this may also include a chosen few of the google contacts.

    iv come from a HTC Desire and the work around i figured for the same problem then was to use local contacts. its listed as phone. (with sim, google,google show auto contacts, and phone as contact view options). The problem is on the nexus 4 i only have the option for google contacts.

    ok that is great for when numbers change and a back up, but it means i get all my damn google contacts (email additions etc) on my phone, or a variation of the contacts i keep on my phone. (also think i may have deleted a few contacts i didnt need on my phone but kept in my google contacts without realising there google contacts on gmail.)

    all i can think to do is create a google contacts group "phone" and the other the "normal all contacts" and duplicate them all! removing the bits i dont need in one contact. for eg: Master Chief in "phone" has just the phone number, and Master Chief in the "all contacts" has his email addy.
    then select the N4 to only show "phone"

    there must be an easier way?! thats a heck of a lot of copy and paste for something so simple as local contacts?

    02-02-2013 07:54 PM
  2. John Zwiers's Avatar
    You can create a custom view on your phone. The view would only contain contacts in certain groups from your regular email contacts.

    If you don't have your gmail contacts segregated into groups, create groups first.

    Then, in the People app on your phone create a custom view. check the box with your groups (or groups) that you want on your phone.

    Voila, you are done. Thanks for the question. It got me to experiment, since I have more than a thousand gmail contacts, with only a few hundred that I really want to have on my phone. Now I have everything the way on want.

    02-03-2013 12:41 AM
  3. spile1's Avatar
    Take a look at MyPhoneExlorer to sync contacts without using the cloud
    02-03-2013 06:10 PM

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