I have over a 1000 contacts , many of them I keep for historical reference / sentimental reasons as we are no longer in contact.
I tried creating a Contact group called “Archived” to separate them from my active contacts, but there is no way to have them automatically excluded from say, searches or general browsing. I also tried archiving them to .vcard files, but then when I want to see them…well I have to re-import the vcard file.
What I’d like to do is have a separate contact folder for archived contacts. It would be similar to having multiple calendars except it would contain contacts.
For Contacts, I have Fastmail and iCloud services available. The only solutions I could think of, which aren’t ideal are:
- Keep Archive in iCloud and active in Fastmail.
- Keep Archive on my Mac( locally, not online), and active contacts in Fastmail
They aren’t ideal because, as I’ve discovered, different services support difference custom fields. Some are easier to move between hosting services than others. Compatibility between services is something I assumed until I recently moved from G Suite to Fastmail for Calendars/Contacts/Email. What a nightmare, lol. I’m still rebuilding my configuration as a lot of it was lost in the migration. I’ll be rebuilding it for weeks to come.