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From "Alexander Sorokin (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-11038) Android: Automatically created (nonsense) contacts are retrieved too
Date Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:13:44 GMT


Alexander Sorokin commented on CB-11038:

[~tmuecksch] hey I know it's been a long time (almost a year) but if you're still around,
could you please check if my proposed change fixes your issue?

> Android: Automatically created (nonsense) contacts are retrieved too
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-11038
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Plugin Contacts
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.0
>         Environment: Android 6 Marshmallow
>            Reporter: Tobias M├╝cksch
>            Assignee: Alexander Sorokin
>              Labels: triaged
> For some reason, Android (or Gmail) creates a contact for each email a user receives
(via gmail). *By default those Contacts are hidden in the systems contacts-app.*
> The problem is; the cordova-plugin-contacts retrieves those useless contacts together
with the ordinary contacts that are actually of interest; *even if they aren't real contacts
and in most cases of literally +no interest+*. Additionally this is different behaviour from
the iOS version.
> You can spot these "ghost contacts" when you open your contacts app, click on the settings
(top right corner), and then on "Contacts to display" -> "Customize" -> Google ->
"My Contacts".
> In my opinion there should be at least an option to filter out specific contacts sources.
It's very annoying to have plenty of *+nonsense+* contacts (around 50 in my case). For example
I have some contacts in the list for email addresses I have received invoices from or even
> Side note: I'm not 100% percent sure where these contacts come from. Either android or
the gmail web app.
> *I guess filtering by this attribute should do the trick:*
> [ContactsContract.Contacts.IN_VISIBLE_GROUP|]
> ??An indicator of whether this contact is supposed to be visible in the UI. "1" if the
contact has at least one raw contact that belongs to a visible group; "0" otherwise.??
> Here is someone who describes a similar issue (not development related): [How to filter
my google contacts?|]

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