I have changed quite a few phones in the last four years and the biggest problem after doing so was transferring all my contacts. And this is a problem that many of us face, given how quickly we now upgrade our phones.
But there are apps that can make keeping contacts, a convenient and easy affair. What’s more, some of these even let you find new people and chat with them. Here are five contact apps that you can try out.
6degrees is the first app that I tried. It’s got a pretty simple UI and gives you the look and feel of your device’s phonebook. With 6degrees you upload your contacts on the cloud and access them from anywhere.
6degrees users can also try out the social networking platform on the app, where they can interact with new people in their friends’ contacts lists. And no, you don’t need to worry about privacy as the app gives users full control over whether their details can be searched by other people.
What I really liked about the app is a feature that lets you find contacts/friends living in specific cities, places. Even organisations like cafes, restaurants can create their profile on 6degrees.
After you log into 6degrees, you can invite people to join the app. 6degrees upgrades contacts in your phonebook automatically when a user changes his/her details. This list appears in a ‘6degrees Friends’ option. You can add details like organisation, address, gender, phone number, etc to your 6degrees profile.
Also before someone can access a person’s profile in your contact list, they will have to send you a request, which you can deny. Plus the app has privacy options like Trust List, and people on this list will always have access to your contacts, your profile; while those on the Block List get access to nothing. What’s more, you can even import contacts from social networking platforms like Facebook and Google account to add more details to your phonebook.
6degrees is in fact a 360 degree app that does more than maintaining your contact lists efficiently.
Addappt does a number of things differently. You can add new people, sort contacts into different groups such as coworkers, family, friends etc, add favourites, call, message and mail people.
But the most noticeable feature of addappt is ‘tapp message’. To use tapp, one needs to sign up with addappt or you can also invite friends to join it. Once you’re in, you can send messages using a string of emojis or short pre-written messages like ‘Please call me’ or ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Please like (thumbs up) my recent FB post’, etc. And it’s called tapp because you can send these with a single tap.
The customised messages work, because they use common phrases that we type quite often in our daily messaging interactions. Better still, you can create your own custom messages. Addappt gives you the option of broadcasting tapp messages to a group or chat privately with individuals.
To make communicating with your loved ones easier, addappt lets you create a ‘Favorites’ list where you can add these people and it appears right on top. Just like 6degrees, addappt automatically updates your connections if they make changes in their profiles. It also takes care of your privacy settings by letting you choose what to share.
Simpler Contacts and Dialer
If you are only looking for an app to manage phone contacts in a more simple and efficient way, Simpler Contacts and Dialer is another good solution. The app has no social platform of sorts, but does a decent job in managing your phonebook.
Simpler Contacts and Dialer tries to woo you with various colour and theme options for call logs, contacts list and dialer. You can change the colour to red, green or whatever you want from the palette and picks themes from dark, light, black,etc. The app lets you assign pictures to all your contacts to brighten up the screen when these people call.
The filters in Simpler Contacts and Dialer shows contacts in categories such as ‘duplicate contacts, ‘no phone’, ‘unused contacts’, ‘most contacted,’ etc. It even ranks people in the ‘most contacted’ category marking them number 1,2,3 and so on.
While the app backs up your contacts, there’s a limit at 500. If you have more than 500 contacts, you’ll need to go for Simpler Pro version upgrade, which costs Rs 199.23. But you can get it for free by inviting 15 people on the app via text messages (so technically not free). With this, you also run the risk of spamming friends, who might not be so keen. The app lets you merge duplicate contacts, but once again it caps the free limit at 15. Plus many of the themes require an in-app purchase.
Contacts+, works on the same line as Simple Contacts and Dialer app. You can upgrade to Plus or Pro to avail more benefits such as 10,000 and unlimited contacts backup; SMS backups and app locks.
The free version of Contacts+ comes with 2,000 calls and message backups and options for blocking spam messages. On top of the contacts list, you have friends who you frequently contact and then the rest.
The list appears in large circular icons,but you can decide how you want your contacts to appear; list or grid format or change the size of each of your contacts to small, big or medium. You can also sort contacts by frequency or alphabetical order.
The app makes dialing a number easier by letting users make calls by simply double-tapping on the contact. The app lets users block numbers and gives the option to automatically block ‘all known spammers’ or ‘private numbers.’Other features of the app include Caller Id and birthday reminders of friends.
Users who do not care for any new themes, or a different dialer and are just looking to backup their contacts, can try out My Contacts.
My Contacts is very basic and it does not merge duplicate contacts or organise your phonebook based on frequently contacted people. It is handy for those who keep their digital phonebook sorted and just need regular backups for their contacts list.
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