How to keep your Android contacts current and duplicate-free

How to keep your Android contacts current and duplicate-free

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Any time is the perfect time to do a little phone book shuffling.

Although smartphones have progressed exponentially through the last decade, I’m still finding myself bumping up against remnants of the past.

Take my contacts list, for instance, or my “electronic Rolodex,” if you will. I’ve had these contacts since I held my first smartphone in 2010. But there were some strange happenings back then, including friends who were still tending separate numbers because of their former T-Mobile Sidekicks, and weirdly those memories linger on thanks to a snafu in my phone book.

I was reminded of Andy Rubin’s first major claim to fame.

I was reminded of Andy Rubin’s first major claim to fame just the other day, as I texted a multi-paragraph diatribe to my friend who I figured was avoiding me for whatever reason (it was probably my fault). It turns out that I’d simply been sending messages to the wrong number for the last three months! Somehow, I resurrected my friend’s phone number for his Sidekick from back in the day, and it turns out that I never deleted it from my Google account.

I eventually remedied the situation, but it got me thinking about contacts maintenance, and how summer is the right time to take some time to eliminate those extra numbers taking up space and maybe merging any duplicates you’ve collected over the past few months. After all, your digital phonebook can very easily become jumbled in the process, especially if you’re always switching phones.

It’s also surprisingly difficult to find a decent contacts manager in the Google Play store — at least at first search. Simpler Merge Duplicates and Merge+ seem to be the more popular titles available, but I didn’t like that the former requires you to log in with an external account. There are also

Article originally published at: Android Central