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  1. Infms's Avatar
    I really hate how Windows Phone insists on syncing my contacts, calendar, notes etc. to my MS account, without the option of opting out.

    Other than changing the server to 127.0.0.1, does anyone know how to prevent this?

    This is a massive oversight from Microsoft/Nokia.

    Thanks!
    04-25-2014 05:24 AM
  2. ttsoldier's Avatar
    You can filter them out of your contact list and filter the calendar in your calendar app.
    04-25-2014 06:06 AM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    First, the OS is by MS, it has nothing to do with Nokia.

    Second, easiest thing to do reset your phone and use a dummy MS account if you didn't want your contacts synced. Then set up your current MS account as an Outlook.com account and uncheck the sync contacts under email + accounts. I personally don't see the issue you have though.

    Lastly, you can filter your contacts in People if you don't want to see them.
    a5cent likes this.
    04-25-2014 06:09 AM
  4. Infms's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies.

    If I create a dummy account, won't my contacts etc. still get synched to that account?

    It's not a major issue, I just prefer my contacts, calendar, memos etc. not being stored online.

    My old Android device allowed me to specify what exactly to sync to my Google account, why can't Windows Phone do the same? Flexibility & choice is always a good thing.

    Cheers
    04-25-2014 06:24 AM
  5. Akash Patel's Avatar
    Go in email+accounts click on the account you will find option of what content to sync untick the one you dont want to sync.
    P.s in the microsoft account which is link to device you wont find option for contacts and calender.
    04-25-2014 06:49 AM
  6. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies.

    If I create a dummy account, won't my contacts etc. still get synched to that account?

    It's not a major issue, I just prefer my contacts, calendar, memos etc. not being stored online.

    My old Android device allowed me to specify what exactly to sync to my Google account, why can't Windows Phone do the same? Flexibility & choice is always a good thing.

    Cheers
    Not if u reset the phone to factory.
    04-25-2014 08:37 AM
  7. Infms's Avatar
    Go in email+accounts click on the account you will find option of what content to sync untick the one you dont want to sync.
    P.s in the microsoft account which is link to device you wont find option for contacts and calender.
    Why do Microsoft insist on syncing my contacts, calendar etc. to the account linked to the device? We should be able to 'untick' any content we don't want synced.

    Not if u reset the phone to factory.
    How will resetting my phone to factory settings stop it from syncing my contacts etc.?

    Surely, after resetting, if I add a Microsoft account (even a dummy account) my Lumia will upload my contact, calender, notes to this account, irrespective?

    I looked for sync settings on Outlook.com but can't find anything.
    04-25-2014 11:21 AM
  8. foxbat121's Avatar
    There is no local phone contacts unless you want to use SIM contacts (very limited). So, if you don't want to sync contacts, you will have no place to store the contacts. Whenever you create a new contacts, it has to go to one of the online accounts.

    Android is actually similar. Pure Google Experience devices have no local only contacts. OEMs, however, are free to create local phone contacts provider to store them locally.

    The default Microsoft account on the phone (that ties to your store account) has no option to uncheck the sync of contacts, calendar etc. They are always synced. Secondary accounts do have options.
    04-25-2014 12:37 PM
  9. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Why do Microsoft insist on syncing my contacts, calendar etc. to the account linked to the device? We should be able to 'untick' any content we don't want synced.


    How will resetting my phone to factory settings stop it from syncing my contacts etc.?

    Surely, after resetting, if I add a Microsoft account (even a dummy account) my Lumia will upload my contact, calender, notes to this account, irrespective?

    I looked for sync settings on Outlook.com but can't find anything.
    No... When you set up the dummy account... where will it pull the contacts/calendars/notes from?? Your dummy account does not have your info. Your real account does.

    Once the dummy account is tied to the phone, setup your real account and untick the options you don't want synced.
    04-25-2014 12:57 PM
  10. Infms's Avatar
    There is no local phone contacts unless you want to use SIM contacts (very limited). So, if you don't want to sync contacts, you will have no place to store the contacts. Whenever you create a new contacts, it has to go to one of the online accounts.

    Android is actually similar. Pure Google Experience devices have no local only contacts. OEMs, however, are free to create local phone contacts provider to store them locally.

    The default Microsoft account on the phone (that ties to your store account) has no option to uncheck the sync of contacts, calendar etc. They are always synced. Secondary accounts do have options.
    If I go to settings->email+accounts and change the server to 127.0.0.1 (local host) contacts etc. aren't synced, and stored on the handset. So there is definitely local storage.

    My old cheapie Samsung Galaxy Pocket has an option to untick 'Sync Contacts', so no, this is not an Android issue.

    I'm just really baffled why Microsoft doesn’t include such an option. I don't want all my contacts, calendar events and memos saved involuntarily online, ever.

    No... When you set up the dummy account... where will it pull the contacts/calendars/notes from?? Your dummy account does not have your info. Your real account does.

    Once the dummy account is tied to the phone, setup your real account and untick the options you don't want synced.
    I'm not worried about it pulling contacts etc because, like you mentioned, the dummy account won't have any. I don't want my Lumia to save new contacts etc I make in to my dummy account, or anywhere else online.

    Cheers
    Last edited by Infms; 04-26-2014 at 12:20 PM.
    04-26-2014 12:02 PM
  11. thron's Avatar
    Auto/forced syncing is a massive peeve of mine. I loathe this feature. The moment I realized everything synced, I felt like getting rid of the phone!

    If I go to settings->email+accounts and change the server to 127.0.0.1 (local host) contacts etc. aren't synced, and stored on the handset. So there is definitely local storage.
    This seems to be the only method (for now) that works.
    Renaming the OneNote in skydrive emptied my notes, so that didn't work. I downloaded 'Notepad Free' from the app store and that seems to be a decent alternative.

    I wish Microsoft offered an opt-out feature for syncing. I don't want anything synced. At all. Ever!
    Rupasree likes this.
    04-28-2014 09:32 PM
  12. Markham Ranja's Avatar
    Genuine curiosity - why are people so set against this?
    04-29-2014 12:55 AM
  13. irtiza_fayaz's Avatar
    genuine curiosity - why are people so set against this?
    prism?
    04-29-2014 01:08 AM
  14. thron's Avatar
    Speaking for myself personally:
    - Control of data (I'd like to decide for myself, whether or not I want my info stored somewhere other than my phone)
    - Limited data plan (200mb, which burns up quickly.. I like to retain every kb possible for my OWN use)
    - Nothing important enough that I need to access it from multiple devices
    Rupasree likes this.
    04-29-2014 09:01 AM
  15. Motoz1's Avatar
    Does anyone know if the Windows 8.1 update gives this control on what you can sync, such as contacts.??? I've not updated to the developer version yet but on another thread there is suggestion that you long press outlook symbol to have an option what to sync?
    I'm another user that hates having my contact lists all clogged up. I go abroad alot and need to change sims, I don't want all my contact numbers from my sims on my PC, why would I, cannot make phone call from my PC!
    08-07-2014 11:22 PM
  16. Motoz1's Avatar
    Anybody?
    08-09-2014 02:58 AM
  17. thron's Avatar
    I've been on 8.1 developer preview for a few months. The syncing is the same deal. If you want to disable it, follow the tips posted earlier in this thread.

    I have, and my contacts are NOT synced to my Microsoft account.
    The only thing that syncs to your PC is music but you have to set that up, it won't automatically do that just by plugging the USB in.
    Motoz1 likes this.
    08-18-2014 07:05 PM
  18. Motoz1's Avatar
    So the 8.1 update has not been thought out and micrososoft do not listen or care about their customers! My phone number info on my mobile is private data! Surely the data protection act would not allow my stuff to be synched without my pemission!
    Looks likevandroid for me then, goodby windows phone and good riddance!
    08-19-2014 02:06 AM
  19. Ebuka Allison's Avatar
    So the 8.1 update has not been thought out and micrososoft do not listen or care about their customers! My phone number info on my mobile is private data! Surely the data protection act would not allow my stuff to be synched without my pemission!
    Looks likevandroid for me then, goodby windows phone and good riddance!
    Its synced to you....and yes you can turn it off. Geez overreact much
    08-19-2014 02:10 AM
  20. Motoz1's Avatar
    Please describe how you can turn off the option for syncing contacts but still receive emails!
    Over react? Its took so long and only one person bother to reply to my question, now you sauy this minutes after my last post, either help or stay off the thread
    mickydale76 likes this.
    08-19-2014 02:17 AM
  21. mickydale76's Avatar
    If you were more comfortable on android , I would say jump back asap.... You are in for a big disappointment here... I too am jumping in November when my contract is up...I have been a long time supporter of Nokia and this platform...but after the way I have been treated and the experience I have had this year I cannot wait to leave...THey just want your money and once they have it you are screwed... And this forum is full of egotistical fanboys and pretentious moderators who know everything lol... Most are self important jerks...You are honestly better off going back to android or like me apple...At least apple stands behind their products
    sourcrowd likes this.
    08-19-2014 02:37 AM
  22. Ebuka Allison's Avatar
    Please describe how you can turn off the option for syncing contacts but still receive emails!
    Over react? Its took so long and only one person bother to reply to my question, now you sauy this minutes after my last post, either help or stay off the thread
    Do you think I live on WPcentral? I'm just seeing this post and the OMG this sucks I'm jumping to Android ASAP bit was weird and has been heard 1000x times.
    Personally I'd jump to apple though if WP and Microsoft don't shape up.
    08-19-2014 04:12 AM
  23. Hypnopottamus's Avatar
    prism?
    This isn't directed at you specifically, but unfortunately, people may think that the data on your phone is private, but governments don't really care. And honestly, If people think just a simple not syncing of email and contacts protects you from PRISM, then you really haven't been paying attention. Your data and info is gathered through the carriers. If it goes through a carriers system, PRISM has captured it. Anything you do on your smartphone can be (and probably already is) gathered/monitored regardless whether or not you sync contacts and/or email. All it requires is a simple transmission of data and you're instantly "outed". So to be quited honest, if you're looking for a "secure" device where there is absolutely no monitoring, I don't think one exists if you have a contract or data plan through a carrier.

    If one were to say the don't want to sync that stuff because of a limited data plan, then I can totally understand the "paranoia" about syncing.
    08-19-2014 03:49 PM
  24. rhapdog's Avatar
    Windows Phone OS does not continually offer to keep syncing your contacts, period. If you're having that problem, then it is being caused by an app installed by your carrier. AT&T is bad about this with the AT&T Address Book. It behaves this way. Uninstall AT&T Address Book if it is on your phone and that problem should go away. If you're with a different carrier, then find out what that carrier's app is for syncing, and remove it.
    xandros9 likes this.
    11-11-2015 07:36 PM

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