Francisca joined us on WACI Mondays at Senior Planet from AARP earlier this week on November 28th. She asked about synchronizing contacts on Gmail and her smartphone. I describe the multi-step process as follows. (See notes at the bottom for icon images and explanations of my conventions.)
1) Either open up your Windows 10 search tool < magnifying glass > on your navigation bar and search for “Settings”,
or click on the < Windows 10 icon > on your navigation bar and scroll down and click on the < gear box > (settings).
2) Click on < Accounts >
3) Then click on < Email & accounts >
If your Gmail account user name already appears on the screen then your Gmail account and smartphone are already sync’d and skip to #8 below. If not:
4) Click on the < plus sign > or < Add an account >.
5) Select Google and add your Gmail username and password.
6) Review and < Allow > permissions.
7) Then click < Done >.
8) To then check for any duplicate contacts open < Contacts > while in Gmail from the Google apps menu. (You may first have to reboot Gmail.)
9) Scroll down to < Merge & fix > and check if there are duplicate names and information you might need to combine < Keep contacts up to date >.
As you can see from the image above I had three contacts to merge when I did this how-to, which I did.
Click here for instructions for MACs or iPhones and iPads.
- Click means to left-click on your mouse.
- Left-click on the word or phrase encased in the brackets < > below.
- You may have to reboot your Gmail account or smartphone to see the changes take effect.
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