Undo Google contacts sync

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  1. Nimmi

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    Hello everyone!
    Here's my problem. I am using Xiaomi M3 and my contacts are synced with my google account. I had to add my friends google account for some reason and accidentally I synced his contacts. I removed his google account but I'm still not able to remove his contacts from my phone and it is a big mess. Is there a way to undo the last contacts sync from another google?
    Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. FoxKat

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    I don't believe there is a way to reverse sync. Once they are part of the database, I don't believe there is any identifying information that would differentiate them by their original source. You have essentially merged the databases and unless there is some key way to sort or filter them into two distinct groups you will not be able to select all of one group and do a mass delete.

    Had you added one specific differentiating piece of data to all the records from one of the two databases of contacts before the merge (such as a note field with "Mike's contacts"), you could then sort or filter by that metric, choose "select all", select delete and you would be back to the original group.

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    That's bad news for me! But I understand that you are right. Thank you @FoxKat .
     
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    Try this:

    1. On your phone, go to "Settings".
    2. Look for "Data Synchronization" or "Accounts & Sync".
    3. Select your Google account.
    4. Uncheck "Contacts".

    That's it!

    If that doesn't work for you, you will need to delete your Google Account, restart your phone and add your [only] account back.
     
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    On many android devices, there's an option in the Contacts to select "View only" or "Show contacts from..." or something along those lines. You could simply select your gmail account as the only account to show contacts from. Still doesn't remove your friend's contacts, but you could at least not have to see them.

    I might also recommend that you select to only view your friend's contacts if you have that option. Then, you could delete those contacts. Might want to have your friend nearby though, because, depending on whether you've still got your friend's account tied to your phone, you might delete the contacts from your friend's account.

    May I ask why you had to sign your friend into your phone? If it were me, I'd let them use the browser and only the browser. There are web versions of Google's services, such as gmail, calendar, contacts, etc, so they'd still be able to access whatever they were trying to access, but their account wouldn't be tied to and synced with your phone. Just a thought.
     
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