Android Tablet Not Syncing Google Contacts

I finally bought a tablet for myself a couple of weeks ago. Nothing fancy, but I just wanted something cheap with a big screen, mostly for reading and browsing the web etc. In the end, I went for an IT 10″ Quad Core tablet running Android 4.4.2. I knew it wasn’t going to be top of the range, but it sounded just right for the money.

I haven’t had an Android device before, but it was pretty easy to get going. Pretty much as soon as I logged into Google, the GMail and Calendar apps automatically pulled all my details and “just worked”. A good start…

When I started to write an email though, I was a bit surprised to find that it didn’t seem to have any of my contacts. I looked at the list of applications, but couldn’t find anything that sounded like an address book or a contacts list. In the settings, under my Google account, there were check boxes to sync different data types, such as Calendar, Chrome, Gmail, but not Contacts (there was People, but that didn’t seem to do what I needed).

I’ve eventually figured out how to get it working…

I must be clear: I am not an Android expert and I amĀ not recommending anyone to follow these steps. This is just what I’ve done and it appears to have worked for me. Your mileage may vary – follow these steps at your own risk!! As Firefox’s “about:config” page warns: “Here be dragons!!Continue reading