A note about new contacts and Backup Assistant!

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    Even if you do not set up a Backup Assistant account on your new Droid 3, Contacts is automatically set up to save new contacts to Backup Assistant instead of your Google account! This is probably undesirable for many Android users, so here is how you change it:

    1. Open Contacts
    2. Hit the menu button.
    3. Hit "More"
    4. Select "Settings"
    5. Select "Contact Storage"
    6. Choose "Google" instead of "Backup Assistant" and make sure you select "Remember this choice"

    That should take care of it!
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    Treasonous privacy violation!

    Verizon probably (legally) does this so that it can transfer you to a non-Google phone in the future. CYA.
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    Nice find. Thanks for sharing!

    Sent from my DROID3 using DroidForums
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    Thanks for the head's up. I figured I had set that in the process of setting up my accounts, and you definitely saved me from some frustratimg contact hunting down the line.

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    Why do they put backup assistant on any android phone???
    might be useful if you're coming off of an lg envy touch straight to android but never again after that...
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    Good question

    Your contacts are already backed up. Luckily my Backup Assistant doesn't work, every morning I get a message that Backup Assistant could not contact the servers.

    I wish it would just go away honestly.
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    Because of what you just said. Its to make it easier for ppl coming from other mobile OS's to Android on Verizon. And thats only if they use Backup Assistant on their current phone. I did use it but something messed up and I had to use a vCard. (I backed my stuff on a vCard when I was on Win Mo so I did that.)

    Now I just use Google for backing up contacts, I dont even back up to vCards anymore.
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    Thanks much for finding this... I would not have noticed for a while and I agree with other posters that this is not the right way to promote a (for android) obsolete backup assistant...
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    So if you back up to google, you can only transfer your contact info to an Android phone?
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    No. If your phone has some kind of app that can sync to Google, you could use that. Or, you can always export your contacts out of your Google account in a CSV (or whatever other format they offer) and import it into your new phone's account/storage that way.

    Google makes a pretty big deal of "you can always get your stuff off our sites in a usable format" at the moment, so I feel pretty safe with my contacts living primarily in Gmail.
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    Rated this thread 5 stars. Thanks!

    Verizon's backup assistant makes me furious.
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    Great find! Thanks a lot!!
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    Why? Doesn't seem that bad....
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    Did the DROID have back up assistance? If so, was that what allowed me to transfer my LG enV Touch contacts to the Droid when I bought it? If so, it can be useful.

    Anyways, thanks for the find! The VZW rep that programmed my phone already did this though it seems, so, I guess yay me if I wouldn't have found this out.
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    Is this why even though contacts are set to sync with gmail I can't get them to sync on my wife's just returned X2 and now her new D3? I might have to give it a shot.
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    What's the verdict?

    Manufacturers and carriers need to stop messing with Android. The features they add are completely unwelcome as far as I'm concerned. It's a step backward. I'm annoyed.
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    The verdict is I went to sleep. She was playing with the phone and I didn't want to wait. I'll have to try it tonight.
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    As the title states, it works for new contacts. They now go to google. My question is how do I get the rest of the contacts that are labeled as backup assistant to sync to google? I set contacts to sync to google, but can't get the backup assistant ones on the phone to sync over. I'm frustrated. Please tell me I don't have to save to .csv on sd card and then import to gmail. I have a feeling that is the case though
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    Because it is useless BS that we didn't ask for and can't remove running on our phones. Android already has all the cloud backup features it needs. If Verizon wants to put out a backup app, that's fine. Either make it uninstallable, or better yet don't install it on my phone, leave it on the Market so people can judge it by its own merit. Same with the VZ Navigator, Music, and App Store.

    Ugh, root for this phone can not come quick enough.
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    FYI This tip applies to Droid X2 as well.
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