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Missing Notes field in contact details [feature incomplete in]

Tracked by Jolla (In release)

asked 2013-12-31 11:54:12 +0200

donaggio gravatar image

updated 2019-12-15 22:08:24 +0200

rozgwi gravatar image

I used to put some notes within certain contact details with my N9 and they were pushed correctly to my Google account, but People app in my Jolla doesn't even show them. It would be nice to add notes to contact details as well as sync them with supported online services.

[Edit] Still unsupported after release
[Edit] Still unsupported after release; added ui tag
[Edit] Still unsupported in release
[Edit] Still unsupported in release
[Edit] Still unsupported in release
[Edit] Still unsupported in SailfishX release
[Edit] Still unsupported in release
[Edit] Still unsupported in release
We have 2019:
[Edit] Still unsupported in release
[Edit] Released in

Reopened as this is not feature complete:
The notes field is not indexed for search.

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Looks like duplicate or addition to my question here https://together.jolla.com/question/2093/people-add-custom-labels/

Kreso ( 2013-12-31 12:33:15 +0200 )edit

Yes, your question is much broader than mine. But I think that notes in contacts should not be a custom field but a default one.

donaggio ( 2013-12-31 12:43:38 +0200 )edit

Reopening because NOTE is part of the vCard standard.

Tanghus ( 2014-01-01 00:21:37 +0200 )edit

Generally speaking, compatibility to Google (if we like it or not) is a must for market penetration. No Googlian will consider a Jolla without havng the possibility to sync it's data.

MichaelSD ( 2014-07-28 13:43:30 +0200 )edit

Any update on this? This is a really annoying...

MichaelSD ( 2014-11-18 16:42:07 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-06-08 11:06:00 +0200

danfin gravatar image

workaround, if you have a XA2: Aliendalvik Control let's you open 'android contacts' which has a notes field. Not sure if this will display only synced google contacts, or if it will show any synced contacts source.

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And exactly this is what I do not want. Giving Android full access to my notes about people. I do not know what contact data is transferred to Google/Whatsup/and so on but I assume the worst, full data of phone book.

One reason to have two devices. One for my private phone book (with notes) -should be on SFOS, but not possible yet. And one pestered with one of these privacy robbery services-you cannot get around them.

peterleinchen ( 2019-06-08 11:51:27 +0200 )edit

agreed, a real notes field in Sailfish would make much more sense in many respects.

danfin ( 2019-06-08 12:13:59 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-06-08 02:38:54 +0200

prometheos de+it gravatar image

updated 2019-10-29 03:59:05 +0200

In the Android world the opinion exists, that all the Address Book apps named "Contacts" have their Notes-field, while the "People" apps have none. I found this two jears ago in a Forum which I soon lost, and can not find anymore in the ocean of opinions.

One year ago I got a Moto G5s Plus, meanwhile with Android-8.1. The (Google-) App "Contacts" really have Notes, and they behave flawless!

After improvements in the recent release the People native app has flawless notes support (tested on Jolla 1 on 2019-10-02) making this answer simple History.

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answered 2018-06-10 23:45:26 +0200

RoestVrijStaal gravatar image

The backlog must be looong.

Given the time passed this question, it's better to make your own Contacts app because it seems never going to be implemented in SailfishOS' own Contacts app.

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answered 2018-06-09 14:48:07 +0200

laukref gravatar image

Hello Jolla, this feature is still unsupported in (Mouhijoki). Is there any plan to add it.

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really sad this tiny useful feature not getting forward.

danfin ( 2018-06-11 11:40:27 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-08-31 16:03:10 +0200

00prometheus gravatar image

Do we have access to the source code for the people-app? Could we let the community fix this for us?

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or someone develop a complete vcard database frontend for SailfishOS?

danfin ( 2017-10-20 16:03:09 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-08-31 10:13:29 +0200

nlsn gravatar image

If there is a note about person, it could be good to show the note on the incoming call screen.

And when inside of the call, - add option to add/edit the note directly.

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answered 2017-05-11 18:45:20 +0200

cemoi71 gravatar image

updated 2017-05-11 18:54:44 +0200

Hello Jolla team,

"Notes" Field is still not present in sfos

Seems that this field is present in many contact management like carddav, active-sync, and surely many other systems...
As the above thread described, the possibility on the sfos gui is really tight.
I miss a field which could complete every special infos that i put a helpfully information.

For example add some comments about calling time from offices, or his speciality. Maybe if he leave downstairs/upstairs.

I would need it strongly.

Please please, if it's not that difficult, would be nice to speed up the availability.

Really important question: is it actually in roadmap ?
By each other thread which handle it (duplicates), we can see that it was mentioned that it is not in roadmap.


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Is there a roadmap? Cannot find one. I badly need the notes field in contacts as well as the 3 old-age pensioners, I taught to use Jolla1/Intex aqau fish as digital assistant.

herbiehancock ( 2017-06-09 13:24:08 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-28 00:28:26 +0200

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updated 2015-02-28 00:28:26 +0200

genua gravatar image

still no note field in

at least all the standard fields should be available.

For myself I'm especially interested in the data from the table "Families", "Tags" or "Hobbies" (field "categories") and "key" and even it is part of v4: "kind" to draw a distinction between persons and business. "key" does not already exist in the sqlite database, but is a very nice feature known from other systems.

For those who won't wait, this is another workaround (by use of the terminal):

[nemo@joe] sqlite3 /home/nemo/.local/share/system/Contacts/qtcontacts-sqlite/contacts.db 'select note from Notes natural join Contacts where lastName like "Foo";'

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answered 2014-07-27 19:29:06 +0200

ssheikki gravatar image

updated 2014-07-29 22:45:02 +0200

One not so elegant solution is to use some other field for the notes, e.g. email field. If you have your old contact details in vCard file, just run:

sed 's/NOTE:/EMAIL;TYPE=PREF,INTERNET:/' contacts.vcf > contacts2jolla.vcf

and (re)import the contacts file.

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That is a nice idea, thank you for sharing. Hopefully it is can only a temporary solution...

MichaelSD ( 2014-11-20 21:48:42 +0200 )edit

Agree. Just temporary solution. Jolla people, please add this feature ASAP.

GiH ( 2015-05-21 15:26:39 +0200 )edit

hei, Jolla, any advances in functionality of 'people' app?

  • address display is very basic, just phone numbers, email, websites
  • we miss the 'notes' field. -we need to enter edit mode to see someones address
  • the layout in edit mode is not terriffic
danfin ( 2015-10-28 09:26:36 +0200 )edit

in all unlikeliness: Compare your address book with android's

danfin ( 2015-10-28 09:29:30 +0200 )edit

that's an idea but not elegant. welcome to the chaos. each other fields are done for what they describes...

cemoi71 ( 2017-05-11 18:48:44 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-02-07 04:40:56 +0200

00prometheus gravatar image

updated 2014-07-27 01:12:01 +0200

If this is a complicated task, would it be easy to as least show the notes for starters, and add editing later? Only contacts that are imported with notes already in them would have notes then.

[EDIT: Converted to answer. We can export or use sync with Google for contacts we really need to put a note on, then re-import/sync them after editing, as long as we can at least see the note in the contacts manager.]

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