Why do all the roms remove backup assistant? And Is there a way to get it back?
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(As in, I don't think AOSP (etc. etc.) handles this very well).
Easy fix for you though!
Migrating contacts from "Phone" (BackUp Assistant), to Google Contacts
Just save yourself the headache, and migrate them to Google Contacts. You'll always have your contacts that way, no dealing with VZW's BUA...
Last edited by sephtin; 01-03-2011 at 12:12 AM. Reason: ssppeelliinngg
I've never understood why it was even there since Google backs the important stuff up anyway.
My contacts and apps follow me everywhere I go.
I think they put it there only because people don't know they don’t need it. Just like VZ Navigator, people will pay for it because they don’t know they have google navigation for free.
Last edited by MrKleen; 01-03-2011 at 06:23 AM.
Personally, I use Backup Assistant and Gmail as separate contact lists. My BA contacts are those with phone numbers only. The Gmail ones are users with email.
I sync my Gmail address book with multiple devices and don't like weeding through a bunch of phone-only contacts to send an email. I suppose a person could just sync to an additional Gmail account, but saying it doesn't serve a purpose is incorrect - and for the record it's a free service.
Not sure how it is on Blur (I know it can be done).. but the steps on AOSP to include other groups:
Open contacts, Menu> Display options> (your google contacts email address)> Check the boxes of the contact groups you want to sync.
So.. Still zero need EVER to have BUA on the phone. Get rid of the dependency of another service syncing, and another complication...
Ideally, it should be a completely separate and all-inclusive apk that could be installed/uninstalled at will by the user, much like the facebook, twitter, and other apps available (not including blur or other vendor-forced garbage).
Almost all sync solutions with Google Contacts ONLY sync the "My Contacts" group on Google Contacts. I don't believe there is a single one out there that syncs to the "All Contacts" group (that contains all of the other contacts).
I don't believe these are labels... and please correct me if I'm wrong (It happens!))...
Edit: And in the event that you Do switch to a dumb phone, you could always export your contacts from Google Contacts, and Import them to My Verizon.. so it's still a moot point...
Last edited by sephtin; 01-03-2011 at 03:34 PM.
I could just as easily import my address book on my other gmail account since I have two of them set up on my phone, but I'm just trying to explain that there is a case where BUA has a use. The blackberry my phone replaced had a little bit of a water accident and I couldn't get it to sync to a PC anymore and BUA is what saved my address book without having to re-enter every contact.
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