How to sync contacts and delete duplicate contacts on Android

How to sync contacts and delete duplicate contacts on Android

This is probably not the first time that you find yourself managing your contacts and I'm sure you've already experienced a particularly widespread problem: duplicate contacts in your address book. You do not want to have your aunt's number three times in a row? This article will show you how to sync contacts on Android and how to eliminate duplicate contacts.

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First steps

When you have a new device in your hands, be it a smartphone or a tablet, it is essential before you take full advantage of its ability to configure it. Each device offers hardware and features that vary depending on the brand of the manufacturer and model, but all Android have a more or less similar procedure:

Now that you've set up your new Android, just read on to learn how to better manage and sync your contacts on Android.

How to sync contacts on Android?

Synchronizing your own contacts is important to always having your Android address book updated and not losing the phone numbers and email addresses of friends and colleagues after getting root permissions, updating your smartphone or just having it gar. During the configuration of the new smartphone, you have created or associated a Google Account with your device. In this way, thanks to synchronization, all changes will be updated on the device as well as online.

To synchronize your contacts, you have no choice but to access the Settings menu on your device and click Accounts. You will find a list of all applications that can be synchronized: Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc. Select the application from your Google Account, choose the account you need to sync and shake the page to sync contacts.

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Here's how to sync his contacts. AndroidPIT

How to import your contacts on a new device?

If your contacts are synced with Google, you only need to sign in with your Google Account on the device. If this is not the case, the best way to import your contacts from the old to the new Android device is to access the old settings of the device. Click Import / Export and copy all contacts to the SIM card. Once the SIM card is inserted in the new device, go to the previous menu to export your contacts or, better yet, your Google account. In this way, you are sure to always have them available even if you park your smartphone.

However, the situation becomes more complicated if the new smartphone supports a SIM card of different size (nano, for example). In this case, you can count on:

  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi direct (note, not all devices support this feature)
  • PC

Before you connect the device to your PC, export your contacts from your old device as a vCard (VCF) file. It is a file format that collects data such as names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other similar information that can be imported on other devices or directly your e-mail service. Just transfer the .VCF file to the new smartphone and import it from the contacts application.

How to remove duplicate contacts on Android

How many times did you send an SMS to a friend to give him the name of the pizzeria o the place of a meeting without having had any answers before you realize that you sent the message an old number? Guilty party ? Duplicate contacts! Fortunately, Android offers several solutions to the problem.

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Eliminate duplicate contacts on Android. AndroidPIT

1. Manually from contacts

Go to the address book and stay pressed for a few seconds on the contact you want to delete. Once the menu appears, click Delete. You can also access the configuration menu of the directory and click on Organize Contacts> Merge Duplicate Contacts.

2. From your PC by accessing your Gmail account

From your PC, you can delete duplicate contacts from your address book by opening Gmail and clicking on the contacts that appear in the drop-down menu at the top right. Then click Other and Find and merge duplicates and Google will show you contacts with names or phone numbers in common. You can then decide to delete or merge them into one element.

3. With a dedicated app

If neither of these two methods convinces you, you can still open the Google Play Store and download a dedicated app such as Duplicate Contacts or Contact Optimizer. These are two simple use apps that you browse through your contacts by providing a list of duplicate contacts. Then you decide whether to eliminate them or not.

Duplicate Contacts
Install on Google Play

Optimizer Contacts
Install on Google Play

Another application worth mentioning is Phone Clone. This service allows you to transfer not only contacts, but also video, photos, messages and applications from one Huawei device to another. I used it to transfer my P9 data to a Mate 9 and it worked perfectly.

Phone Clone
Install on Google Play

Do you use other applications to locate and list duplicate contacts in your address book?

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