New Google Play Services update may boot all your previously synced contacts

What you need to know

  • Google has released new Play Services updates that change how contacts are synced across Android phones.
  • The latest change may cause all previously synced contacts to disappear from your Android phone.
  • This will happen if you switch off Contacts sync in the settings, though you can fix this by turning on the toggle again.

Google has rolled out a new Play Services update that changes the way your contacts are synced across your Android phones, which may cause them to vanish from your device.

The latest change is a part of version 23.20 of Google Play Services, and it removes all previously synced contacts from your Android phone (via Android Authority). This occurs if you turn off the Google Contacts sync option in your phone’s settings, and this may prove annoying for anyone who constantly switches handsets.