Android 2.3 Contact Management

August 26, 2011, By Christian Cawley

One of the great advantages of using the Android mobile platform is that when you sign into your phone for the first time, as long as it is connected to the Internet it will sync all of the contacts, emails and calendar details from your Google account.

While emails and calendar items are usually pretty easy to manage, contacts can be an entirely different matter. After all, a phone needs contacts otherwise you would have to store all of your friends phone numbers in your head, and that could be difficult.

Android 2.3 Contact Management

The Android contacts tool in version 2.3 Gingerbread offers plenty of options for users to add new contacts, remove contacts and generally manage the names and numbers of their friends, family, and colleagues.

Importing Contacts in Android

If you don’t have many contacts on your new Android phone but plenty stored on your SIM card, you will need to use the import tool to load them onto your handset. To do this, open Contacts and press Menu > Import/Export. You will then see a new menu, listing the Import from SIM card option. Tap this to copy names, phone numbers and other details from your SIM card to your phone – this will take a few moments, depending on the size of your SIM card.

Additionally, you should note here that you can Import from SD card and Export to SD card – a very useful option if your device is regularly reset to the factory defaults.

Adding New Contacts to Your Android Phone

At some point you will probably need to add new contacts to your Android device. This is done via Menu > New contact – you will be asked to create the new contact under your Google account or to create it on the phone only. Note that creating the account on the phone will result in it not being synced with your Google account.

The next stage is to add the information you want to keep for that individual – you can add their name, phone number, email address, organization, postal address, instant messenger usernames, even their home page! Better still, you can also add a photo for that contact, useful if you happen to have a snap of them on your phone.

Managing Your Contacts

As you can see, there is quite a wealth of options, and it can be easy to make a mistake. Should this happen, you can access a couple of useful menu items that will assist you in undoing any problems.

In the main contacts view, tap and hold the contact in question – this will display a context menu, and you will be able to use the Edit contact option to make any changes that are necessary. If this isn’t enough and you decide that you would simply rather discard the record altogether and start again, this can be done by tapping Delete contact.

This is just the tip of the iceberg however – there is much more that you can do with your Android contacts…

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