A friend gave me her Samsung Galaxy S7 when she upgraded her phone. We ported my number onto her account, and now I (a long-time flip-phone user) am trying to figure out this new device.
Important context: I do not intend to sync up my gmail account to the phone. I am combating an internet addiction by refusing to have the internet in my pocket constantly. Plus, I find it creepy when devices "talk" to each other; it makes me feel powerless and confused if what I do in one setting has effects in another, unrelated setting. In other words, I want the improved reception and the threaded text messaging of the new phone, but otherwise want it to be as "dumb" as possible for my peace of mind.
I spent all last night manually adding contacts to the device. The whole time, my friend's gmail was still synced up, and her emails kept popping into my view. So this morning, she removed her linked accounts. As soon as she did, all the contacts I had manually entered the night before disappeared, the contacts I had edited the night before reverted back, and a bunch of them became "Read Only" contacts!
This presents several problems/questions:
- Did the contacts I manually entered go into HER gmail account? She doesn't need all my personal contacts!
- Do I have to manually re-enter them, and if so, how can I be sure that they are being saved to my SIM card? (In case I ever get a new device, it would be nice to simply move the SIM card and keep the contacts.)
- The "read only" contacts are a good mix of ones I want to delete and ones I need to edit (fix misspelled names, add new numbers). How do I manage them? If she un-linked her accounts, why are these "read-only things" still there?
Again, I am looking for solutions that involve only my phone and do not involve linking external accounts! It would be super weird if all my gmail contacts appeared in my phone. Phones are for phone stuff and email is for email stuff, and having them bleed into each other seems like poor management.
Incidentally, there is now a message on my phone telling me that my data is not backed up. This confuses me, because while I thought "data" meant "bits of information", all my friends corrected me that nowadays "data" means internet usage, and I should just be able to "turn data off" so my phone isn't constantly online. But obviously it means "bits of information" if it is something that can be backed up.