How to Link and Unlink Contacts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

How to Link and Unlink Contacts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can pull in contacts from multiple sources (such as Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter). Because of this, you may discover duplicate contact entries in the phone’s address book. Rather than fuss over which contact to use, you can join them together. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Contacts app.

  2. Select one of the duplicate contacts.

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

  3. Press the Menu button and choose Link Contact.

    You see a list of contacts that the phone guesses could be identical. It also shows the entire list of contacts in case the guess is incorrect. Your job is to find the duplicate contact.

  4. Choose the duplicate contact from the list.

    The contacts are merged, appearing as a single entry in the contacts list.

Joined contacts aren’t flagged as such in the address book, but you can easily identify them by the two icons next to the contact’s name. For example, if the contact Jonah Gookin has information linked from both Google and Facebook accounts it will link.

Sometimes, the phone may put together two contacts who must be torn asunder. The process is simple, at least according to these steps to unlink the contact:

  1. Display the improperly joined contact.

    As an example, you could have an entry in your address book and be friends on Facebook with two people named Dan Gookin. Your phone could mistakenly join the address book entry with another Dan Gookin.

  2. Touch the Link icon found in the contact’s Connection section.


    The Link icon looks similar to the one shown in the margin.

    You see the list of sources and account names linked into the same contact.

  3. Touch the red Minus button to the left of an account to separate it.

  4. Touch the OK button to confirm.

    That contact is separated.

You don’t need to actively look for improperly joined contacts as much as you’ll just stumble across them. When you do, feel free to unlink them.