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How to get rid of duplicate entries in your Samsung Android device's Contact list

0. phoneArena posted on 20 Jun 2014, 07:56

So, let's say you have one of Samsung's Android phones and you have been syncing contacts from multiple devices. No matter how carefully you manage your contact list, it will often end up crowded with duplicate entries of phone numbers, social media profiles, and e-mails - it just happens!

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posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:00 1

1. FingerMyApple (unregistered)

lol @ title's pic, Are they sheeep? :)

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:43

11. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

iSheep like you

posted on 16 Jul 2015, 10:32

15. HoneyKez (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)

Here's another handy process.
Phone book > contacts to display > customize > if you have an email account visible, open it and then select/tick "started in android" > then select ok > for other contacts in the "define custom view option", open them and deselect any box that is ticked. Select ok and you should be good.

Other solution I tried is Android manage tool, which can backup and restore your Android, edit, add, delete, import contacts on computer, it can also delete duplicate contacts from Android phone,

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:03 16

2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

For rest of the android folks,

1. Backup your contacts

2. Login Gmail and go to contacts (top Left menu titled 'Gmail' above inbox )

3. Select More > Find & merge duplicate contacts.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:45 3

6. buccob (Posts: 2740; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

This works but will not show you third party apps contacts like LinkedIn, Facebook, Whatsapp, etc...

So even if you merge your contacts in Gmail (I have) you will still have duplicates from different apps in the phone...

Jhon Doe (gmail / number)
Jhon Doe (facebook)

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:49 1

7. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Exactly.. I do the same..
I think PA needs to do some homework..

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:08 2

3. buccob (Posts: 2740; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Well surprisingly this is one thing Sony Xperia does better a bit better than Samsung...

In a Sony Xperia...
- go to your Contacs List
- hit menu
- select "Find Link Candidates"

and it will find and groud every contact duplicates in your list, and then you just need to aprove each merging...

This is done in a single automatic process... but some contacts may go undetected for merging..... and those will be needed to join manually... But overall this way is much more faster than having to do all of them 1 by 1.

I hope Samsung copy this feature for their future touchwiz

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:26 5

4. AntiFanBoyz (unregistered)

Well, what the article doesn't tell you is that on Samsung phones (or at least on the Note series) contacts automatically merge if the names sufficiently match. You only have to manually merge contacts that their algorithm didn't catch. So... does that make Sony lagging behind Samsung?

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:43 2

5. buccob (Posts: 2740; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Not really.. Sony also merge them when they match as soon as you make a new contact...

But for those contacts that didn't match sufficiently, there is the automatic option...

So Sony still has the upper hand here...

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 09:52

8. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

What I miss about the HTC phone I used to use is that Sense automatically looks at your contacts and suggests which to link. It's a hassle to have to manually do it.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:12

9. LikeMyself (Posts: 460; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

So powerful phones and yet they can't do simple basic functions of a phone! U have to manually merge duplicate contacts! What a shame for smartphones! Instead of focusing on ultra HD screens, they could fine tune these things and give more internal storage!

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 13:59 2

12. buccob (Posts: 2740; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

They do automatically merge contacts... but sometimes you will have the same contact under different Names (nicknames), I.E. Bill, William, Will... etc.

Sony can find those contacts with a single command... otherwise you have to manually merge...

Tell me how is this done in different platforms? I think android manage it very well actually...

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 12:28

10. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

i use duplicate contact finder and delete duplicate contacts

problem solved :p

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 14:00 2

13. buccob (Posts: 2740; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Sometimes you don't want to delete, but merge them because duplicate contacts does not necessarily mean duplicate information...

for example:

John Smith (phone #)
John Smith (email address)
John Smith (facebook account)

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 00:56

14. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

i dont know but duplicate contacts works only with phone no ids as well
(only thing it does that it delete the duplicate)

it wont merge 2 contacts

if they have same name but 1 has id 1 has no. it wont delete
if both have same id or no. it will delete one

its meant to delete only not to merge though

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