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5 out-of-sight superpowers for Google Contacts on Android


Quick: What’s the most exciting app on your Android phone right now?

Just a hunch here, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Google Contacts probably wasn’t your answer. And why would it be? Your phone’s virtual Rolodex is about as exhilarating as a trip to the endodontist. Plus, our mobile devices have had systems for managing our contacts since way back in the prehistoric days, so it certainly doesn’t seem like something to celebrate.

Hold the phone, though — ’cause Android’s current contacts setup is much more than just a dusty ol’ place to dump names and numbers. The Google Contacts app has some genuinely useful advanced options that can make your life easier and make your phone more intelligent. And all you’ve gotta do is dig ’em up and start putting ’em to use.

One important note, before we dive in: All of these tips revolve around the Google Contacts app, which is the default Android contacts app for Google’s own Pixel phones and certain other devices. If you’re using a Samsung Android phone or any other device where the manufacturer swapped out Google Contacts for its own inferior alternative, I’d strongly suggest taking a moment to switch yourself over.

Aside from allowing you to tap into all of the tricks we’re about to explore, that’ll empower you to keep your contacts continuously synced with your existing Google account and thus be able to access ’em easily from a computer or any other Android device you sign into in the future, no matter who made it — without any manual transfers or meaningful effort required.

Cool? Cool. Let’s get into it:

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