When the contact items (or several) are set to 'phone', how can they be changed to 'gmail' in order to sync?

In the post Contacts Sync problems: phone contacts not syncing to Google, it says that contacts set to 'phone' will not sync. So, how can they be changed?


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You need to export your phone contacts in to vcf format and then again import it into Google contacts.

Steps in Android 4.2:

  • contacts -> settings > Import/Export -> Export to storage.
  • contacts -> settings > Import/Export -> Import from storage. - This will ask you to select your Google account to save.

Edit/Delete or remove duplicates in http://contacts.google.com. Thats easy.

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