Android 4.4 Phone Contacts (without Google account)

As of Android Kitkat 4.4.4, the People app will only let you create contacts which are synchronized with a google account by default. It doesn’t let you create a local “Phone contact”, unless you disable “Google Contacts Sync”.

This may be desired if you want to use Android without Google services. You can then choose your preferred groupware solution (kolab, mykolab, openexchange, …) to synchronise your contacts, calendar, etc.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Settings -> Apps -> Tab “All”
  2. “Google Contacts Sync” -> Disable
  3. Create a new contact. It will be marked “Phone only, unsynced contact”
  4. The “Google Contacts Sync” will now show up in a new “Disabled” tab in Settings -> Apps, where it can be re-enabled if need should be.





  1. Anonymous

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is exactly what I needed to address a “feature” where all my contacts got deleted when I added and then removed a gmail account. Now if you could tackle syncing my Outlook and Android calendars, I’d be in heaven.

  2. D.Rama

    Thank you very much for this useful set of instructions. Much appreciate it!!!

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