How To Sync Google Contacts On Chromebook

I am officially back on Chromium OS. My Dell netbook is now running the latest Chromium OS build from Hexxeh after months long adventure with Windows 8. Things are looking pretty nice in here and I am enjoying it.

Okay, so today I am going to show you how to sync your Google Contacts on your Chromebook. A small note before I start this. This is available only under a flag which you can enable from chrome://flags.

Your Google Contacts

If you have opted to sync contacts with your Google account from an Android phone, you will see contacts from your phone as well in this list, which is pretty cool. A always up to date contacts list synced between your Chromebook and Android phone!

Since this is still a work in progress, you do not have option to configure anything yet. Once enabled under flags, your Google contacts will be synced to your Chromebook and available for you while searching from the apps menu.

From the apps menu itself, you can send an email, start a chat or make a phone call ( for Google Voice users, I assume). On the current build I am on, these links are not working yet, but once ready, these are going to be really useful. In order to send an email to one of your contacts using Gmail, or to start a chat, you do not need to open Gmail or Gtalk first, you can search for the contact right from the apps menu, and click the chat or email icon to start your conversation. I am hoping that the new Gmail compose window also gets added here making it even more easier to start writing an email. For Google talk, I am sure it will open up the Gtalk app. I will keep you guys updated on this.

So, what do you guys think? Will you be enabling this feature when it’s ready?

note: Written, edited and published from Chromium OS 🙂


4 responses to “How To Sync Google Contacts On Chromebook”

  1. I’ve been using this since it was first available as a flag (I believe v23, but it might have been introduced in v24). This is the feature I’m most excited about because it shows the true power of an operating system created by a search company – the ability to find anything from a single box.

    The concept of being able to search for and install extensions from the launcher is also fantastic, though I really just want to be able to type a contact’s name and instantly launch a Hangout.

    1. Dinsan – Bangalore, India – Digital Minimalist & Content Developer. Drinks Tea and writes Stuff (mostly about Chromebooks). My views are mostly copied from others.

      I am sure integrating google plus with Chrome OS is something they would definitely work on..

  2. Ethan Hassett – Cleveland, OH

    I added this in //:flags, but my contacts do not show up in the search. Can you help me out? (I am running Beta on Acer C7)

  3. Benjamin – Switzerland – Software Developer.

    Does this flag have a name?

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