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Join or Separate Contacts on the Droid Bionic

Occasionally, you may notice that some people have two separate entries in your Droid Bionic’s address book. They simply indicate that the phone has pulled information about one person from two sources, such as Gmail and a social networking site, and the phone isn’t smart enough to know that they are, in fact, the same person.

As a human who is smarter than your phone, you can fix this situation by following these steps:

  1. Open the Contacts app.

  2. Choose one of the matching contacts.

    For example, if you have two George Clooneys in your phone’s address book, choose one of them — doesn’t matter which.

  3. Press the Menu soft button and choose the Edit command.

  4. At the Edit Contact screen, press the Menu soft button again.

  5. Choose the Join command.

    The phone searches your contacts to cull any potential matches. If you don’t see any, choose Show All Contacts.

  6. Choose the matching contact to create one entry where there were two.

  7. Touch the Save button to join the two contacts.

Having a joined contact means that all information about a single person (or a business or whatever) is kept as one entry. No matter how many sources, you have only one address book entry.

Just as you can join two identical contacts, you can also split them. The steps work the same, though in Step 5 you choose the Separate command. This command splits the contact’s various sources, unmerging their info from one entry back to the separate entries they were originally.

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