What Does the Facebook Sync Do on the Droid?

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Facebook sync is a feature of the Facebook for Android app. You can download the Facebook app from the Android Market from your Motorola Droid smartphone. Once installed, you can begin accessing many features that are available to desktop users, plus you have the ability to sync your phone contacts with the contact information of your Facebook friends.

Facebook Sync

You can turn Facebook sync on once you've installed the app on your Droid. Tap the "Settings" app from the home screen and then go to "Accounts & Sync" section. You will notice the Facebook logo and it will show your e-mail address, indicating "Sync is OFF." Tap the Facebook entry and then touch the "Sync Contacts" option. The overall sync process may take several minutes, depending on the size of your phone contacts and how many Facebook friends you have.

Auto Sync

You can set your applications to auto sync from the Droid "Accounts & sync settings" screen. To turn on the auto-sync feature, tap the "Auto-sync" option. If you haven't synced your apps for awhile, it will begin to automatically sync right away.


Under your Droid "Contacts" screen you will find a few new items synced from Facebook. It will retrieve the friend's mobile phone number, e-mail address and Facebook profile information. If the person had a profile picture, it will import the photo, making it the default contact picture on your phone.

Status Message

Another interesting feature of the Facebook sync on Droid phones is that a recent status message is imported from each Facebook friend's contact entry. Basically, this feature lets you see what your friends are posting without accessing the Facebook app. If you tap the "Facebook profile" for that person, it opens the browser app and displays the profile.

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