Saturday, November 26, 2011
My Google+ / Android Smart Phone Nightmare
Let's keep in mind that I am not a programmer or otherwise savvy technogeek. I'm not in dark ages either. I know how to use most of the tools I need and where to go for help when I need it. This time around I am at a total loss.
I admit I am a very active person on Google+. I have circled over 2,500 people, mostly genealogists, historians, writers and photographers. I like to be in the thick of the conversation.
One of the features of the Android Smart Phone is that it syncs automatically with Google. That means any contacts I put in my Google contacts will sync automatically to my phone. And likewise any contacts I add manually to my phone get synced to my Google contacts in gmail. I maintain about 200 contacts which consists of family, friends and colleagues that I might need to call. Normally this is a great feature.
Enter Google+ into the picture. With its promotion of total integration, Google is interconnecting all of its functionality/apps. That means they are trying to be helpful by syncing all Google+ contacts to my regular Google contacts account. And in turn that means 2,500+ contacts are being synced to my Android Smart Phone.
Before you start worrying about privacy and your contact info, for some weird reason I can't see the individual Google+ contacts either in my Google contacts or on my phone. But they are there taking up my storage space. (Though I have heard of other people who could see their contacts and deleted them. This caused them to lose all of their contacts from their Google+ circles. So I heard.)
In fact the situation got so crazy on my phone that it actually shut down total functionality on my phone. I wasn't able to run anything. So I took the extreme measure of resetting my phone to the factory default settings. As soon as that was done and my phone reprogrammed I immediately turned off the sync contacts feature.
I have contacted Google+ to see if they can help me resolve this problem. I have searched the web looking for answers. I have asked my Google+ contacts for help to see if they had any tips. In the meantime, I won't be syncing my contacts anymore until I get an answer to resolve the problem.
If you start getting space storage problems on your Android phone and you're a Google+ user then this could be the problem. As far as I can see, Google doesn't provide options in either Google+ or in Google contacts to shut off the automatic syncing of the Google+ contacts.
If anyone knows how to resolve my problem please let me know!! I would really like to get back to normal operation with my technology. Thanks for listening to my rant and triple thanks if you can help solve my problem.
ps. My particular brand of phone is the Android Ally.