Just recently upgraded to a Droid Razr (been a long time blackberry user) and really just beginning to understand some of the features. During the initial setup I didn't handle my contacts the way I would have preferred and would like to start over. From what I can decipher, I should be able to go to Settings>Applications>Storage Use> and then chose "Contacts Storage" to completely delete my contacts via the "Clear Data" button.
However, the "Clear Data" button is grayed out and unavailable. I've tried using "Force Stop" thinking that if this application currently had the data in an open state then that might be why is was unavailable. However, it doesn't appear that "Force Stop" ever actually stops the application and it certainly doesn't allow me to chose "Clear Data" afterwards.
Does anyone know how I could either make the "Clear Data" button available or another method to completely remove my contacts?
Some other info that might be helpful:
Hardware: Droid Razr
Android Version: 2.3.6
Data Size: 31.29MB
I do not want to "root" my phone at this time. If I were going to make a wild guess, I think it could be related to Backup Assistant (same idea that if an application has locked the data, it's not read/writable). However, I don't see any way in the phone to disable Backup Assistant to test this theory. Furthermore, I have disabled sync with all other contact services (facebook, linkedin, etc.) so if I can ever delete my contacts... the deletion won't propogate to my original sources.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
If your Wanting to Clear or Edit your Contacts why not just go to the Contact an Edit it or Delete the Contact..You can also if you got your contacts set up threw Your Gmail Account do your Editing there there is were i do Mine an it's a little easier on my Eyes as the Contact info is more spread out,,,b33
I'm really wanting to delete all of my contacts (in excess of 500) and would rather not go one-by-one. Also, if I understand things correctly... even those that aren't visable are still taking up disk space (because of the newbie way I setup my phone). I think the best option for me is a complete delete of every contact record.
If that's even possible.
Take a look at these instructions i Found And you might be able to Get Rid of them by Tapping on the Contacts up on Top then hitting your settings and Tap Manage Contacts that might give you the option there to get Rid of them. You could Export them to your SD CARD Then once in there Format the Card. But a word of Caution if you have an Pictures or Songs in there they will be Wiped as Well..
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Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
What I'm trying to accomplish is outside of just managing contacts. I have no issues adding, modifying, or deleting contacts. I'm wanting to delete the underlying contact data (as can be seen from Settings>Applications>Storage Use>.
Since I originally posted this thread, I have been able to completely remove my contacts (you can do this yourself by turning off all contact sync services). Now when I go to Contacts, I get the message "you have no contacts to display". But just because they don't display does not mean they are deleted. The contact data still occupies over 31MB of space.
I'm hoping someone has a suggestion to delete (or purge) that data.
I'm beginning to think the same thing and guess I will have to weigh the cost/benefits. >Posts concerning hacking/rooting/jailbreaking etc, are not permitted on this forum<
Do you have a recommendation or any experience using an app to backup your phone and restore the applications or is it just better to install each app from scratch?
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I understand it's the space you wish to Remove Well unless Some else has a better Suggestion than Mine i would say a F.R. would be the only way to get it Completely Removed as it take the Phone back to Factory New.. An Formatting the SD CARD !
Thanks for the info. I didn't know about that functionality built into the "Play Store". That's pretty cool.
As far as violating the TOS, I assume you are referencing: "posts that discuss hacking and/or rooting a wireless phone from any carrier will be removed." Once again (like our previous interaction from another post) I'm completely bewildered by your logic. My initial post states: "I do not want to root my phone". The post you deemed a violation is just referencing the fact that your suggestion of factory resetting is valid and appears to be the only way of doing what I'm requesting without doing something that is not an option. This is called a juxtaposition. While you look that up, I also recommend "illusory superiority".
Then again, maybe you feel that using the word root is what the TOS is trying to prohibit (and not necessarily discussions involving hacking and/or rooting). But hopefully we can root out the real issue and get to the root of the problem... that's what I'm rooting for!
That's good you Don't want to do it to your phone. But just writing it on here will get the Violation an in your post just above mine you wrote about it again So Don't be surprised if they pull it an give you Some strong advice about putting it on here. Don't get me Wrong we Welcome you Here.! You just got To remember the T.O.S an you will be Fine..
For others who are hoping to delete/purge all contacts from their phone... I'll post what I've found. Do not confuse this with just deleting contacts, I'm talking about purging the contacts and reclaiming the occupied space. A forum moderator posted a guide that should help users who just need traditional contact management. Also, if you're here looking to bulk delete all your contacts, instead of going into each individually... I'll post a possible solution at the end of this reply.
Please remember that I'm a newbie when it comes to the Droid and this is really just my opinion. I welcome anyone with more expertise to correct me.
Completely Remove (purge) All Contact Data
Bulk Delete of Contacts:
Within the document posted by the moderator, it clearly states that you cannot select multiple contacts and therefore you cannot delete multiple contacts (i.e. bulk update). So if you are deleting contacts you must go to each individually. And as discussed, deleting contacts really doesn't delete (or purge) anything. It simply removes them from being viewed within the Contacts app.
As far as I can tell, contacts appear within the app when they have a corresponding application that is in sync. If you were to remove the sync option from all your contact applications... your Contacts app would be blank. So though you cannot bulk delete, if you wanted to delete all the contacts that were added from a 3rd party email application (like mail.com)... no need to go to each contact and delete, simply go to Settings>Accounts> and change the sync option for the specific application.