Ward contact list

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Abram_Langston
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Ward contact list

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I know how to individually download a members contact information to my iPhone. Is there a way to do the whole ward at once?
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No, it's not currently possible.
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Bummer. This would be a nice feature.
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Yes, it would be nice in some cases. However, I'll bet one of the reasons it hasn't been implemented is to protect privacy of member information – when it's in the Church's system, it's safe; members can update their info and change their privacy settings; etc. But once it gets outside of the Church's system, anything could happen with the data, and members no longer can set their profiles (that have been exported away) to private. Android has a nice Caller ID function that pulls up the name of the person calling by accessing the list inside LDS Tools; unfortunately, iOS doesn't provide a way for an app to provide their own Caller ID.
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sbradshaw wrote:Yes, it would be nice in some cases. However, I'll bet one of the reasons it hasn't been implemented is to protect privacy of member information – when it's in the Church's system, it's safe; members can update their info and change their privacy settings; etc. But once it gets outside of the Church's system, anything could happen with the data, and members no longer can set their profiles (that have been exported away) to private.
Not only that, but any number of apps demand access to one's contact list.

There's also the practical consideration of trying to update things. Syncing would be a nightmare. Should a contact that moved out of the ward be deleted? What if they were your friends and you're staying in contact with them? Messy would be a understatement.

While Android does have CID, I'm not sure as it's all that useful. I see the notification pop-up, but the ringing phone makes it hard to look at. I don't remember it showing me information outside of the LDS Tools notification.
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Re: Ward contact list

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How about through Settings, Contacts, Accounts, Add Account then Other?

Then it would be a contact source that would remain separate and address some of the issues listed.
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