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Import/Export Contacts

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#1 needowelum


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Posted 27 August 2016 - 02:07 PM


Basically, I want to manually sync contacts back and forth, between my computer and my phone.

Going from computer to phone, the easiest way for me has been exporting/backing up the computer's .vcf file, moving it to my phone, delete my phones current contact list, and then importing the .vcf file from the computer, which instantly results in an complete, updated list.

However, going in the other direction is my problem.

If I try to do the same in reverse, trying to import the .vcf file into the computer contacts, it wants to do it one contact at a time, instead of the full list all at once.

I suppose they can be Imported/Exported thru gmail, but I would prefer doing it directly...phone contacts only, without importing gmail contacts



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#2 britechguy


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Posted 27 August 2016 - 03:19 PM

Personally, I'd do it (and do do it) via Gmail's sync capabilities.


I also discovered something interesting that will allow you the sort of screening out that you want:  The only thing that Gmail syncs to my Android powered phone are contacts that are in the group "My Contacts."   So, if you want some subset that stays only on e-mail, create a category, say "Email Only," and assign contacts you wish to have only for e-mail to that group and that group alone, that is, not in the group "My Contacts" and "Email Only".  If there are some that you want both places then you can just leave them in the My Contacts group.


It took me forever to figure out why contacts that I had assigned to specific groups outside of "My Contacts" on Gmail were not syncing to the phone.

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#3 needowelum

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 08:37 PM

Hi britechguy,


Sorry I didnt get back sooner.


I should have described my issue better, but thanks for the tip on sub categories.


Personally, I'd do it (and do do it) via Gmail's sync capabilities.

The main goal here was to see if there was a convenient way to sync my phone contacts with my windows contacts (formerly known as address book), not my gmail contacts, but my search for a solution has come up empty so far.


I can manually backup my windows contacts and easily import them into my phone contacts, but not the other way around.


I did backup my gmail contacts to a .vcf file, and was able to import it into my windows contacts, but for some reason after importing a lot of the individual profile information was missing.

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