Basics of the Samsung Galaxy S 5’s Contact Database

Take a look at the Contact database and see how wonderful it is. From your Samsung Galaxy S 5’s Home screen, tap the following icon. If you haven’t created a Gmail account, synched your personal e-mail, or created a contact when you sent a text or made a call, your Contacts list will be empty. Otherwise you see a bunch of your contacts now residing on your phone, sorted alphabetically.

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Along with the Contacts application that manages the data, this database does more than just store names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. It can include the following information:

  • The first and last name of each contact in separate fields

  • All telephone numbers, including

    • Mobile

    • Home

    • Work

    • Work fax

    • Pager

    • Other

  • E-mail addresses

    • Home

    • Work

    • Mobile

  • Up to nine IM addresses, including all the largest IM services (such as Google Talk, AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo!)

  • Company

  • Job title

  • Nickname

  • Mailing address for

    • Home

    • Work

    • Another location

  • Any notes about this person

    • Web address

    • Birthday

    • Anniversary

As if all this weren’t enough, you can assign a custom ringtone to play when a particular person contacts you.

Finally, you can assign a picture for the contact. It can be one out of your Gallery; you can take a new picture; or you can connect a social network like Facebook, which will then use that contact’s profile picture.

Fortunately, the only essential information is a name. Every other field is optional, and is only displayed if the field contains information to be displayed.

This Contacts list is smart.

Say your best friend is Bill Boyce. You sent Bill a text earlier to let him know about your new phone. You entered his telephone number. Without instruction, you took it to the next step and tapped Add Contact. You were prompted to add his name, which you did. Now your phone has a contact, “Bill Boyce.”

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Then you linked your e-mail. Of course your buddy Bill is in your e-mail Contacts list. So while you were reading, several things happened. First, your phone and your Gmail account synced. Your phone thinks about it, and figures this must be the same person. It automatically combines all the information in one entry on your phone!

Then your phone automatically updates your Gmail account. On the right, you see the Google logo just beneath the e-mail address. That means that this contact is synched with the Gmail account. You didn’t have to do anything to make this happen.

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Your phone noticed that Bill’s work number was in your e-mail contact information, but the mobile phone number you used to text him was not. No problem! Now the contact on your phone includes both the information you had in your e-mail contact as well as his cellular phone.

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