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    Cleaning up contacts list

    Hello, is there an easy (!) way to clean up the contacts list? When you end up with several Android devices and lots of similar entries for one and the same person it can be extremely laborious to merge all this scattered info into 1 contact. Merging duplicates will not work in this case.
    Is it possible to export the entire contact list as vcf or csv, then clean up on Excel and reimport?
    I've searched on the internet and 1 solution would apparently be to sync (either via the cloud or Companionlink) with contacts on gmail, clean up there via csv or similar (Scrubly for ex.) and then sync back to DJO.
    Seems laborious as well.
    Thanks for some help and HNY to all of you at DJO - best PIM since Palm....
    PC: Windows 10, 64 bit
    CompanionLink Express Ver 8 build #8034
    Samsung S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (SM-T813) -> Android 7
    Samsung Galaxy J5 Dual SIM (Android 7.1.1)
    Samsung Note 8 (Android 9; One UI Version 1.0))
    Android DJO Version: 4.4.17 (1119)
    DPC Build 1093
    Sync Method to DejaCloud for now
    DJO Sync Settings for Contacts: Currently not selected
    DJO Sync Settings for Calendar: Currently not selected

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    DejaContacts does have a Merge Duplicate Records (it's in Options, near bottom). Obviously the contacts have to be somewhat identical for them to be recognized as duplicate

    How many contacts do you have?
    -Frans

    Samsung Galaxy s7, stock rom 8,0, not-rooted
    DJO 4.4.14 (1102) , CompanionLink 8030
    Outlook 2016 (32bit), sync via DejaCloud (native sync Contacts only)

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    Hi Oyle,

    The simplest way to address this issue would be to clean up the data in your PC database, then perform a purge and reload to clean up the phone data. If you had a good backup to restore your PC data with, this would make the process even easier (When syncing with palm Desktop, CompanionLink creates backups of the last 10 syncs, DejaOffice creates backups for up to the last 6). If it is easier for you to export your Palm Desktop data as a csv file, then clean the data up in Excel and re-import the data into Palm Desktop, that would be an option too, however if I were going to do that, I would just as well clean up the data in Palm Desktop.

    Restore the CompanionLink backup of Palm Desktop:

    http://www.companionlink.com/support...f_Palm_Desktop


    Once you are happy with your data on the PC, the following link will help you clear out the phone and start fresh:

    http://www.companionlink.com/support...rge_and_Reload

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    Thanks for your responses.
    I have about 1900 contacts which I have now reduced manually to ca. 1600 on my Samsung tab.
    I made 1 attempt with an vcf file which I exported from the tab but was unable to do anything useful with this file, ie: open it in Excel and modify it there.
    Exporting contacts from Google contacts to cvs is a good option but I cannot overcome the obstacle of gettting my contacts from the Samsung tab to Google contacts because most of my contacts have not been entered as "google" contacts but in Dejaoffice...
    So it's a Catch 22..

    And yes - for the merge duplicate feature to work the contact entries bave to be 100% identical otherwise it's no go, unfortunately!

    Looks like I will not get round doing at least a first major clean up manually and then the purge via Palm Desktop and proceed from there.
    In addition I am now paying for having moved from Palm Desktop Ver 4 to 6 in the past, which means 2 types of incompatible dbase files.
    If anyone has any better ideas I'd be most grateful to hear them.
    Thanks again
    Last edited by Oyle; 01-03-2016 at 12:36 AM.
    PC: Windows 10, 64 bit
    CompanionLink Express Ver 8 build #8034
    Samsung S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (SM-T813) -> Android 7
    Samsung Galaxy J5 Dual SIM (Android 7.1.1)
    Samsung Note 8 (Android 9; One UI Version 1.0))
    Android DJO Version: 4.4.17 (1119)
    DPC Build 1093
    Sync Method to DejaCloud for now
    DJO Sync Settings for Contacts: Currently not selected
    DJO Sync Settings for Calendar: Currently not selected

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