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How to Hide Google Contacts without Deleting Them

Google contacts are the records of your Google friends, and since that is something that might be useful to you, we’re suggesting you take a look at how to hide them.To hide Google contacts, you need to find the Contacts menu in your phone’s settings menu (if you don’t see it, then make sure you have an Android phone) and then find the option to “Hide Contacts.” To do so, tap on the menu button above it (the one with the little winged arrow) and then tap on “Show Contacts.”If your phone is running Android 4.4 or higher, navigate to the Contacts menu by tapping on the gear icon in your upper left corner.

Hide Google Contacts

Google contacts are a lot like Facebook friends (if you use different social media sites). Like Facebook, they are not public and can only be seen when you are logged in to the service. But unlike Facebook, Google contacts can only be accessed by certain types of computers. If you have a Google account, you can set up a “hidden” contact for the purpose of removing your entire list of contacts from the service — keeping them out of Google’s sight.If you want to remove all your contacts from Google completely, do so via the Google Plus settings page (step 4), then:

Steps to Hide Google Contacts

  • 1. Go to Settings > Account > Add Account > Create New Account
  • 2. Enter your email address and password
  • 3. Click “Create Account”
  • 4. Review your privacy settings as appropriate
  • 5. Click “Create Account” again

Conclusion

Google contacts are one of the most commonly used tools in the world, and yet most people still don’t know how to hide them. While there is no perfect way to remove information about yourself from Google (and perhaps there never will be), here’s a few ways to do it.

  • 1. Use a browser plug-in: Hide My Contact is a Chrome extension that hides your email address, phone number and other contact info; this can quickly turn your privacy into a major disruption.
  • 2. Use a private browsing mode: There are several options out there, ranging from temporary to permanent, but the important one is Private Browsing Mode: Go into your browser’s settings page and scroll down until you find some kind of “private browsing mode” option. Set it to on (by default), and you can use that as an alternative way of hiding your Google contacts.
  • 3. Use an app for that: Keep in mind that even if you are using Chrome or Firefox for all your online activity — whether online or offline — those browsers have their own settings for private browsing, so you may want to make sure you have these checked as well (even if they aren’t visible). For example, Dolphin Browser has a privacy setting for Firefox which works quite well for hiding Google contacts; it doesn’t always work the first time though, so if it doesn’t work try again afterwards!
  • 4. Turn off search history: This is not so much an option as it is an necessity in order to block Google results from showing up when people type something into their search bar (/search). The best solution I found was to set up my search history as follows:Type “?&q=&/search/?q=something&start=0&limit=5″ into Chrome and hit Enter; now whenever someone types something into their search bar everything after the will be hidden by the search engine and should not show up in their search results (unless they specifically type something like “%cid% &~search%~search%~query%~query%~section% . . . %cid%&query~section%~section%~query%. . . ). The same trick can be done with Firefox as well as Chrome though it does require Firefox open firstly.)

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