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The ultimate guide to Android contacts management

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You’d think keeping tabs on your contacts would be about the simplest and most straightforward task imaginable in our modern connected world — wouldn’t you?

I sure would. But as I’ve learned over the years, that perfectly understandable instinct couldn’t be more inaccurate.

Effectively wrangling your contacts on Android and keeping ’em manageable, organized, and optimized for efficiency really is a fine art. And in a way, it’s no wonder: Most of us have reached a point where our phones’ contacts are a sprawling goulash of earthlings from all different eras of our lives — clients, colleagues, college buddies, and, of course, your cousin Carl from Poughkeepsie.

Making matters even more complex is the fact that what constitutes “Android” is a wildly different experience from one device to the next. And most Android phone-makers don’t exactly make it easy for you to make the most of your messy contacts stew.

The good news, though, is that it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Today, we’ll start from square one and get your contacts in tip-top shape, no matter what type of Android phone you’re using or how many unruly old bosses’ email addresses you’ve got stored away.

By the time we’re done, your Android phone contacts will be as orderly as can be — and you’ll be equipped with all sorts of practical knowledge for harnessing their typically untapped potential.

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