I remember having a physical phonebook. I knew lots of numbers off by heart and relied on my phonebook for the others.
Getting a mobile phone
When I got my first mobile, I was very excited to input the numbers that I used the most. However, soon, it became my go-to and I reduced using paper.
I remember painfully copying the numbers across from my old phone to the new when I got an upgrade. I accepted it and didn’t think much of it.
However, something happened to my phone before I was ready to upgrade it again. I think I lost it and realised that I’d lost lots of phone numbers. This wasn’t only because I’d lost the phone, but because I hadn’t kept my paper phonebook up to date and therefore had no way of restoring the contacts.
Issues with importing numbers
I recall importing numbers from one phone to another when I upgraded and often feeling frustrated because random contacts would merge or be renamed somehow, so I’d end up having to go through them all individually! It felt like such a waste of time.
The introduction of the smartphone
I remember resisting getting a smartphone for some time. I wasn’t keen on always being connected or online.
Creating an account on Google
I don’t think I found out about the benefits of Google straight away, so I continued with the painful process of importing numbers and then checking them individually. However, I made sure I got my phonebook printed out so I had that as a go-to, in case something happened again.
I created an account on Google and found out that the features within their contacts were amazing! I had only ever been able to save multiple numbers in the mobile phonebook, but now I could add emails addresses, postal address, website links and more. It was awesome!
When I upgraded my smartphone for the first time, it prompted me to log in to Google and that began the process of downloading all the apps and contacts that I had on the previous phone. I was so chuffed!
No more importing numbers.
No more merging issues.
No more problems with contacts being renamed.
Using the phonebook in a different way
I use my phonebook as a tool to help me remember other things too.
There’s a medication which I’ve been told to request if I get what the doctors referred to as a lump, cyst and abscess. To reduce any doubt, I’ve saved the ‘contact’ as ‘lump cyst abscess’ and then listed the medication within the contact.
I also use the digital phonebook to remember specific dates, spellings and other bits and bobs.
How to add your contacts to a Google account
This is what you need to do to add a contact using your computer:
- On your computer, go to Google Contacts.
- In the top-left corner, click Create Contact.
- Enter the contact’s information.
- Click Save
How to add contacts using an android phone
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Contacts app contacts.
- At the bottom right, tap Add.
- Enter the contact’s name and an email or phone number.
- To pick the account where you want to save the contact: Next to your email account, tap the Down arrow.
- To add more name details: Next to ‘Name’, tap the Down arrow.
- To add a photo: At the top, tap Add contact photo.
- To enter more information, such as a street address or notes: Tap More fields.
- When you’ve finished, tap Save.