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Get more from Android Contacts with often overlooked Groups feature

From co-workers to family members, the Groups feature can help you communicate more efficiently and effectively with all your Android contacts.

Groups are an often overlooked feature in Android that go a long way to help make your contacts more efficient and powerful. With Groups you can create groups for co-workers, family, favorites, vendors, contract workers, and more.

From within a group you can easily send a group text or email. Say your field engineers are out on assignments and you want them to report in. All you have to do is open the group go to group action, tap Send Group Message, and type the message. That's a lot easier than manually entering a group of contacts for a single message.

How to make use of this? Easy.

By default, you will find pre-defined groups for Co-Workers, Family, Favorites, Frequent, and Friends. Some installed apps will create their own groups as well.

First, let's create a new group called Field Engineers. I'll demonstrate on the Verizon-branded HTC M8. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open up the People app (or Contacts — depending upon your device)
  2. Swipe to the left to bring up the Groups tab
  3. Tap the Plus button
  4. Give the group a name
  5. Tap save

Now, let's add contacts to this newly created group.

  1. Open up the newly created group
  2. Tap the Plus button
  3. Tap Add an existing contact
  4. Tap to check all contacts to be added to the group
  5. Tap Save

That's it! You now have a collection of contacts under one group heading.

The one caveat to this is that you can't just open the Messaging or Email client and send to the group. In order to make use of groups, you have to go through the People or Contact app and then swipe to Group Actions. Even with those steps, it's still much easier to manage a collection of contacts.

Start using Groups today...you'll find connecting to your collections of friends, family, and workers much more efficient.

About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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