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How to Join Identical Contacts on Your Android Tablet

Your Android tablet pulls contacts from multiple sources, such as Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo!, and even other apps such as Skype. Because of that, you may discover duplicate contact entries in the Contacts app. Rather than fuss over which entry to use, you can join the contacts. Here’s how:

  1. Wildly scroll the Contacts list until you locate a duplicate.

    Well, maybe not wildly scroll, but locate a duplicated entry. Because the Contacts list is sorted, the duplicates usually appear close together.

  2. Select one of the contacts to view it on the right side of the screen.

  3. Touch the Edit icon as if you were editing the duplicate contact.

  4. Touch the Menu icon, and then choose the Join command.

    If you don’t see the Join command, you may not have to edit the contact before joining: Touch the Cancel icon to stop editing, and then, while viewing the contact, touch the Menu icon and choose Join Contact.

    The Join Contact(s) window appears. If you’re fortunate, it may list some suggested similar contacts.

    If you don’t see matching contacts, scroll through the list of all contacts to find a match.

  5. Touch a matching contact in the list to join the two contacts.

    The accounts are merged. Well, they appear together on your Android tablet.

    Some tablets may let you select multiple contacts from a list. In that case, place a check mark by each duplicate contact you want to join, and then touch a Join button to paste them all together.

  6. Touch the Save or Done button to finish editing the contact.

    Some tablets may join the contacts immediately, in which case you won’t see the Save or Done button.

Joined contacts contain multiple sets of information. You can see the different sets when you edit the contact; each set features its own header that lists the contact’s source, such as Google Contact or Google+ Contact.

To split up a contact, edit that entry, touch the Menu icon, and choose the Separate command. Touch the OK button to burst the single entry into multiple contact entries. This procedure is often necessary when the tablet guesses about joining contacts but doesn’t do a good job of it.

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