Rid Your Droid (or Gmail acct) Of Duplicate Contacts

Real Estate Appraiser with Donovan Group Realty

One of the nice benefits of the Droid OS is that it is tied in to your gmail email account. Most of us who have decided to go with a Droid phone did so because we were already enjoying many google apps, labs, etc. But for those who were or are still dedicated to using another email acct such as Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, etc, you've probably had to sync your accounts into gmail to get started with your Droid. While this is easy to do, inevitably there are duplications in your contact list that were brought over from your blackberr or other ancient device :)

Our gmail account had 2700+ contacts of which we could clearly see that several were dups. After employing the gmail duplicate contact merger, we quickly narrowed it down to a more realistic 1756 contacts. This makes it much easier to work with your contact list while out in the wild with your Droid.

So for those of you dealing with this issue, here is the quick step by step we used to rid our list of duplicate names, ph #'s, email accts, and notes:

1. Get in your Gmail from a pc and and click on 'more actions', which will give you a drop down with the 'merge duplicates' option.

2. Once gmail is done searching your contact list for the dups, it will open a pop up window that shows which contacts appear to be dups.


3: You can then click on the 'details' link to see which information is available to be consolidated. Check those you want merged and uncheck the ones you dont.

4. When you are done with your selections. click 'merge' and let the google magic begin.


Here is where having a Droid gets to be pretty nice. Once these contacts are cleaned up on your PC, your Droid will automatically sync with this list and the contacts on your Droid phone will be cleaned up and ready for you to make efficient use of.



Posted by

Andrew McGrath - South Coast Metro Orange County

Comments (5)

Jordon W.Y. Wong, Jr.
Marcus & Associates, Inc. - Kailua, HI

Thanks for the awesome tip!  I have the HTC EVO and am an avid Android fan.  Granted, the iPhone is also a great phone but Sprint doesn't offer a version yet.

Jun 14, 2011 09:09 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Andrew, This is a helpful hint on how to merge your contacts. 

Aug 05, 2011 06:55 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Andrew,  I learned this great tip when I first moved away from Outlook Express, Palm, Top Producer..I was able to import from all of those locations and merge to one easy to use contact manager.  I did all of this in anticipation of moving to a smart phone...I have yet to decide if i-phone or android is best.  Could you share opinion on this?

Aug 15, 2011 12:04 PM
Andrew McGrath
Donovan Group Realty - Santa Ana, CA

Hi John,

I myself am very happy with my choice of going with the droid. I have been using the Motorola Droid X for since it launched last year and have been impressed with the ease of use and reliability. That said, I recommended that a coworker go with droid too when she was shopping to replace her blackberry. She got the HTC Thunderbolt 4G and it has been a nightmare, constantly dropping notifications of emails, deleting text history, and on and on. These are issues I never experienced with my Motorola Droid X and some research has shown the problems to be consistent on HTC hardware.

Iphones on the other hand are built with the user interface to be as simple as possible. Due to there being only 1 iphone at a time, their apps and other features tend to be very consistent. Most RE industry apps are available much faster for iphones than droid, and sometimes a droid app is never even introduced.

If you are big on google features (maps, gmail,google+, etc) I would still strongly recommend a droid, but research the hardware and maybe even let it be on the market for a few months to be tested by the general public before buying.

Otherwise, for ease of use and if you don't want to have full access to all the internet has to offer, go with iphone.

Best of luck!


Aug 30, 2011 04:17 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Andrew~  Thank you for the great input regarding Droid vs i-Phone.  Since I posted this I did move to the i-phone.  I was getting some consistency in the issues with Droid, it was likely hardware as you described but is enough to spook me. I didn't need any techy nightmares.  So far the i-phone is doing what is needed.  I use it to pull up my Google items and don't seem to have issue.  I still have plenty to learn but so far so good.  Thanks again for sharing!


Aug 30, 2011 04:29 AM