How to Use Google Contacts Instead of Samsung Contacts

How to Use Google Contacts Instead of Samsung Contacts

Samsung Galaxy phones come with a lot of preloaded apps, and some of them will be rarely used. Among these preloaded apps you will find Phone, Messages, Contacts, Samsung Browser, etc. However, some Samsung phone users do not like Samsung apps. They prefer Google apps over Samsung apps, especially when they want their contacts to sync and be available with the Google Contacts app. This article will show how to use Google Contacts instead of Samsung Contacts on Samsung phones.

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This article will cover two dimensions. First, how to use Google Contacts service from Samsung Contacts app. Second, ditch the Samsung Contacts app completely and make full use of the Google Contacts app on Samsung phones.

Let’s check both ways.

Method 1: How to use Google Contacts from Samsung Contacts app

If you are satisfied with the features of the Samsung Contacts app, you can use the Google Contacts service from the Samsung Contacts app. This aspect explains how to store new contacts in the Google Contacts service and then only display Google Contacts in the Samsung Contacts app. And how to sync contacts with Google Contacts.

How to sync contacts with Google contacts

First, you need to check how to move your existing Samsung contacts to Google Contacts. We covered this in detail in our separate article. To synchronize your future contacts with the Google Contacts service, you need to add a Google account to your Samsung phone and enable contacts synchronization in the settings.

To do this, open Settings on your phone and go to Accounts & backup> Accounts. Tap Add Account. And add your Google account. If a Google account is already added, tap your account. You can also return to the Accounts & Backup> Accounts screen. Tap your Google account. Then tap on Sync account in both situations. Turn on the toggle next to Contacts.


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Wait a few minutes and your contacts should all sync with Google Contacts. You can verify by checking them on contacts.google.com.

You can also turn on sync from the Samsung Contacts app. To do this, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Samsung Contacts app and tap the three bar icon. Select Manage contacts.


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2nd step: Tap Sync contacts. Activate the toggle next to your Google account and tap the Sync button.


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How to store new contacts in Google contacts

To make Google Contacts the default storage location for new contacts, open the Samsung Contacts app. Tap the three bar icon and select Manage Contacts. Tap Default storage location. Choose your Google account. Now, every time you save a new contact, it will be directly saved in the Google Contacts service.


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Pro tip: Find out how to back up contacts from Android and iPhone to Google Drive.

How to view Google contacts in the Samsung Contacts app

When you have transferred contacts to Google Contacts and enabled the default storage location, you can only view Google contacts in the Samsung Contacts app.

For that, open the Samsung Contacts app and tap on the All Contacts option at the top. Tap the Google contact. Now only Google contacts will be visible in the app. You can restore it to All Contacts by following the same steps.


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Method 2: How to Make the Default Google Contacts App on Samsung Phone

If you just installed the Google Contacts app, open the Samsung Phone app. Type a number to save and tap the three-dot icon at the top. Select Add to contacts. You will be asked to choose the default Contacts app. Tap the Google Contacts app icon and tap the Always button.


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If the Samsung Contacts app opens by default when saving contacts, follow these steps to make the Google Contacts app the default app.

Step 1: Touch and hold the Samsung Contacts app icon and tap App Info. You can also go to Settings> Applications> Contacts.


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2nd step: Touch Set as Default. Press the Clear Defaults button.


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Step 3: Try to register a new number using the Phone application. When asked to choose an app, select Google Contacts and press the Always button.


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Now remove the Samsung Contacts app from the Home screen and place the Google Contacts app in an accessible place so that it can be accessed quickly. If sync is enabled for Google contacts in phone settings, the app will work normally. You can use it to save new contacts and view existing contacts in the Google Contacts app.

You will also need to choose the default account for new contacts from Google Contacts. To do this, open the Google Contacts app and tap on the three bar icon. Select Settings from the navigation panel. Tap Default account for new contacts and choose the required Google account.


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Google contacts won’t sync

We hope the above methods have helped you to switch to Google Contacts on your Samsung phone. If luck is not on your side, you might be having trouble syncing with Google Contacts. Know how to fix Google contacts not syncing on Samsung phones.

Then:

If you prefer to use the Google Contacts app, check out 13 Google Contacts Tips and Tricks to Use It Like a Pro from the following link.

Last updated on Dec 16, 2020

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