I store all phone numbers and email addresses in the Address Book or Contacts app of the devices I use.
- On Apple Mac OS X it?s the Address Book app
- On IOS it?s the Contacts app
- On Android it?s Contacts
- On my webmail it?s Google?s Contacts
I also add spouse and child names where I know them. For members of my extended family, I have cards for the spouses, parents, and children. That way I get birthday reminders automatically in my calendar.
None of these apps have the smarts to make it easy to link a spouse card with a contact without a lot of repeat data entry. Well, the IOS app lets me select another card, but that?s it.
I?m alpha testing some code that can either create contact cards for spouses, children and parents who lack contact cards or offer to create the?reciprocal link if the cards are already there.
The scrips work across Gmail, Google Contacts, Apple Address Book and the Contacts apps in IOS and Android. Actually they are a series of scripts native to each environment. Currently each script is stand alone software rather than a plugin for existing apps.
Each platform calls the Related People by their own name. Related Names, Related People, Relationships, whatever!
If this is a problem you?d like a solution to, let me know in the comments below. I?ll let you in on the beta program soon.