Google Contacts

Is There a Hot Sync Feature on the iPhone Like on Palm Pilot?

iPhone 12

Episode 1809

Don from Hillsboro, OR

Don wants to know how he can access data on an old Palm Pilot. Hot sync doesn't work anymore. So he's using the iPhone. He'd like to be able to sync and print his notes and contacts. Leo says that the Palm Pilot hot sync was the best thing so that data will sync onto the computer. It's the killer feature of the Palm. But now that it doesn't work, Google contacts on the iPhone will do something similar. And you can also sync your data using the Mac. Apple notes to the notes app, music to the music app, etc., app by app. There's no one button like the Palm Pilot.

How Can I Move Contacts to My New Android Phone?

OnePlus

Episode 1806

Anthony from Ventura, CA

Anthony bought a OnePlus 8 Pro. It cost him $1,000! But he can't access any Microsoft services like OneDrive or Outlook on his old Windows phone. Leo says that Microsoft has given up Windows phone development, so it's likely the servers have been turned off. Tony has been trying to move the data over to Android though, his contacts, etc. How can he do that? Leo says to go to People.Live.Com and log in. Can he do it phone to phone with a cable connection?

How Can I Back Up My AOL Email?

AOL

Episode 1796

Kirk from Phoenix, AZ

Kirk is an AOL user with Microsoft Outlook, and he wants to know how he can back up his email. His email PST file is 13.9GB! AOL recently eliminated all of his 2020 emails and he wants to make sure he has a copy, just in case. Kirk is also concerned that his email doesn't appear on his iPad.  Leo says it's a good time to get out of AOL and try another service. Leo recommends Gmail. 

How Can I Avoid Duplicates When I Sync Contacts?

Sunshine Contacts for iOS

Episode 1789

Richard from Del Rey Beach, FL

Richard has several platforms with different OSs, and he's having issues with maintaining contacts. He gets a lot of duplicates. Leo says that synchronization is a hard, universal problem. It guards against deleting anything, just in case. So you end up with duplicates. Leo uses Google Contacts. But even that doesn't solve the duplicates issue. But the sync is quite good. One solution that Leo recommends, that's iPhone only, is Sunshine. It can dedupe, as well as sync.

What's a good alternative to Microsoft Outlook?

Microsoft Outlook

Episode 1645

Karen from Diamond Bar, California

Karen is still having issues with Microsoft Outlook 365. She wants to know what her alternatives to Outlook are? Leo suggests going to http://outlook.live.com. There's a good chance you can log in where your contacts and data will already be there. You can also export all your contacts there and then use an alternative like Google Contacts.

How can I get my contacts into my new phone?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Episode 1643

Karen from San Pedro, CA

Karen had to get a new phone, but she didn't get her email contacts. What can be done? Rich says that since Karen had a Samsung Galaxy mobile device, all her contacts should be backed up to Google. But Karen had her email through AT&T, and if you go into AT&T's webmail interface, those contacts should be there and you can export them. But if there's nothing in the address book, then Karen has lost them all since she no longer has her contacts on her computer and tablet, she can export the contacts into a main file. Then you can import them to Google Contacts.

Have I lost my contacts?

Samsung Galaxy S9

Episode 1524

Jim from Roseburg, OR

Jim got a Samsung S9, but he erased all his contacts when he got rid of the phone, and they were deleted on his computer. What can he do? He used an old contacts backup from an older phone. Rich says that Jim should check Google Contacts to see if they are on there. Being an Android mobile device, all the contacts should be there. They could also be saved to the Samsung cloud. He should Import his usable contacts there, and then he can make changes there and import them to his new phone once he's got them all worked out.

How can I merge multiple contacts databases?

Contacts on Mac

Episode 1523

Dale from Santa Monica, CA

Dale has an Apple and Outlook contact list. He'd like to merge them. How can he? Rich says that the iPhone doesn't do a good job where the contacts are located. But the Mac contact app does. So Rich says to sync all the contacts to his Mac. Add them in his contacts app, and then sync it. Then, Rich recommends using Google contacts as his main contact manager. He can add his Google account in there by clicking the plus sign.

How can I digitize my rolodex?

Flip phone

Episode 1510

Bob from Atlanta, GA

Bob is looking to dump his old flip phone for a smartphone. But he has bad eye sight and would like to transfer his contacts from his old rolodex to the smartphone. Leo says that Google Contacts is the best option. It'll sync to just about phone platform, as well as his desktop. He'll have to get the contacts into it first, and that will take some hand entry to type them all in. He may want to look into paying a college kid to do it.