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21 tips for making Android a better personal assistant

JR Raphael | April 24, 2015
Here are 21 tips for making the most of your device's email, calendar, and contacts capabilities.

Tip No. 19:To make a frequently used contact easier to find, tap the star icon alongside the person's name either in the Contacts app on your Android device or in the Google Contacts Web app. That'll cause that person's information to appear at the very top of your phone's Contacts app and dialer, as well as the Web-based Google Contacts interface.

Tip No. 20:Ever notice that you have multiple entries for the same person — maybe one for someone's work email and another for her personal email and phone number? Google makes it easy to clean it up: From the Contacts Web app, select Find Duplicates in the menu on the left side of the screen. The system will pull up a list of entries that appear to be related and give you a single-click option to confirm and merge them.

Tip No. 21:Last but certainly not least, do yourself a favor and get all the Google+ silliness out of your Android device's contacts. (If you hadn't noticed, Google started automatically including everyone you've ever connected with on G+ in your main contacts list a while back — which generally creates a whole lot of overlap and unnecessary clutter.)

In the Google Contacts Web app, click More on the left side of the screen, then click Settings. Uncheck the box under Circles, click Save, and take a deep breath: Order and sanity have officially been restored.


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