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How to Merge (Join) Duplicate Contacts on a Samsung Galaxy Tab

Because the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can pull contacts from multiple sources (Facebook, Gmail, Twitter), you may discover duplicate contact entries in the Contacts app. Rather than fuss over which entry to use, you can join the contacts. And if you make a mistake, you can un-join them.

Here’s how to join duplicate contacts:

  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 appear close together (though that may not always be the case).

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

  3. Touch the Edit Contact button.

  4. Touch the Menu icon button.

  5. Choose Join.

    The Join Contact(s) window appears. It lists any potential matches right away based on name matches.

  6. Choose an account to join.

    The accounts are merged. Well, they appear together on your Galaxy Tab.

  7. Touch the Done button to complete the joining.

If you don’t see a matching contact in Step 6, choose the command Show All Contacts from the bottom of the Join Contacts window. You can then scroll through the entire Contacts list to find a match.

Occasionally the Tab may automatically join two contacts that aren’t really the same person. When that happens, you can split them by following these steps:

  1. Display the contact that comes from two separate sources.

  2. Edit the contact by touching the Edit Contact button.

  3. Touch the Menu icon button and choose the Separate command.

  4. Touch the OK button to confirm that you’re separating the contacts.

    Where there was one contact, there are now two.

You don’t really need to look for improperly joined contacts as much as you’ll just stumble across them.

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