One of the most annoying quirks of Android’s default settings is how it chooses to sync your Google Contacts. Anyone who uses Gmail knows, Google keeps anyone who you’ve ever emailed in a master list of contacts called “All Contacts.” This is great when you’re writing an email to someone, but very annoying when trying to find a friend’s phone number or email in your contacts list. Fortunately this is easy to fix.
I’ll break it down in two ways, those who are running the Contacts app provided by Google and available on most phones and those running HTC’s Sense UI with the People app (available on the HTC Hero and Eris as of Nov 6, and I believe on the HTC Tattoo outside of the US).
Using Contacts app:
- Start the Contacts app.
- Switch to the Contacts tab.
- Click on the menu button and choose “Edit sync groups”.
- Uncheck “Sync all contacts” and leave checked the actual groups you want to sync, by default Google has labeled this as “My Contacts” for me, I’m pretty sure it’s the same for most people.
- Click OK.
Using People app (HTC Sense UI):
- Start the People app.
- Switch to the groups tab/pane.
- Click on the menu button and choose “Sync groups”.
- Uncheck “Sync all contacts” and leave checked the actual groups you want to sync, again this should be “My Contacts” and any custom you have made, but mileage may vary.
- Click Save.
After making this change, it can take a minute or so before it re-syncs your contacts, so I would just exit the app and then restart it and just give it a few, you should see the contacts number drop significantly.