Did you know that Google contacts can act as your contact database across devices? You can seamlessly sync and manage contacts added to your Google Contacts account on ALL of your mobile devices. Here’s how:
1. Log in to the desktop version of Google Contacts
2. Organize your contacts into groups making sure that they are all added to the main DEFAULT group “My Contacts”. You can organize your contacts even more by applying additional groups to individual contacts. *Contacts in filed under “OTHER Contacts” will not show up or sync on additional devices. You must add them to “My Contacts”.
3. Add your Gmail account to your mobile devices.
4. To add a syncing Gmail account to an Android device simply add the Gmail address to your phone accounts. Make sure that you check the box that says “Sync Contacts” under the Sync settings of that account. *If you do NOT want to share photos taken with your Android device with your Google Account make sure “Sync Photos” is UNCHECKED.
5. To add a syncing Gmail account to an iOS device your MUST add the Gmail address as a CardDAV account. If you do not, contacts will NOT sync with that device. INSTRUCTIONS HERE *CardDAV is a recent feature added to Gmail for syncing devices. Any device previously using EXCHANGE to sync contacts will still function however after Jan. 30, 2013 NEW devices syncing with Gmail must use CardDAV.
That’s it! It is pretty simple. Don’t forget to use ALL the features that come with your Google Contacts including Notes, custom fields, and birthdays. Google Contacts can be a fully functional database for you to use at home and for business.
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