Question about the contacts app. please help

crl95

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Hello everyone I am new to android and i had restored my contacts from verizons thing and also google contacts.... on iphone you can easily remove all the contacts or just remove all the ones from verizon and stuff like that... what are my options to get rid of all my duplicates now?
 

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The reason you have duplicate contacts is Backup Assistant and Google Contact are different. You have to join them. Go to the contact and edit it. It will give you an option to join that contact. Sorry, but that's what you have to do. Btw, back up assistant sucks big donkey butt.
 

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I'm still surprised people still use the backup assistant. Putting all of your contacts in Google is so much easier.

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I guess backup assistant had a use before true smart phones. You can disable backup assistant in settings by unchecking the box to sync your contacts. Join your duplicate contacts in the contacts app and you should be good to go.

FYI - the same type of issue can happen if your choose to sync your Facebook contacts. The contacts app will attempt to join exact duplicates, but it will miss some. For example, my wife uses her maiden name as a middle name on FB so old friends can find her. She showed up twice in my contacts so I joined them.



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I guess backup assistant had a use before true smart phones. You can disable backup assistant in settings by unchecking the box to sync your contacts. Join your duplicate contacts in the contacts app and you should be good to go.

FYI - the same type of issue can happen if your choose to sync your Facebook contacts. The contacts app will attempt to join exact duplicates, but it will miss some. For example, my wife uses her maiden name as a middle name on FB so old friends can find her. She showed up twice in my contacts so I joined them.



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When I purchased my Note 2, the guy at the Verizon store attempted to activate Backup Assistant but I promptly stopped him and said I only use Google contacts. He was amazed that I didn't use their client for contacts, basically saying that Backup Assistant is necessary for all smart phones. Wouldn't have mattered if he had activated it, once I got home I froze the app and sync service to get rid of bloat.
 

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When I purchased my Note 2, the guy at the Verizon store attempted to activate Backup Assistant but I promptly stopped him and said I only use Google contacts. He was amazed that I didn't use their client for contacts, basically saying that Backup Assistant is necessary for all smart phones. Wouldn't have mattered if he had activated it, once I got home I froze the app and sync service to get rid of bloat.
The guy at the store did it before i even had the chance to stop him:( ...guess i will just wait until i install a ROM... that would result in me loosing all my contacts right?
 

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The guy at the store did it before i even had the chance to stop him:( ...guess i will just wait until i install a ROM... that would result in me loosing all my contacts right?

When you flash a ROM from stock OS, you will need to perform a data wipe which will basically bring you back to full stock as if you just took it out of the box. Most of the ROMs don't even include the set up phase with Backup Assistant. As long as your contacts are on Google then your are good to go.