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afarafar 

Why don’t account and contact fields match up? Should they?

Fairly new to Salesforce and am trying to wrap my head around the system as well as importing data. I don't understand why fields don't match up between accounts and contacts. E.g. contact has a field for "mobile" while account has "phone" and "phone other" and no field for "mobile" or "cell". Also contact has "street 1", "street 2" address while account has "mailing address" and "shipping address". Why don't the fields match up between these two objects? And would it make sense to have them match?

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Maharajan CMaharajan C
Hi,

1. Account and Contact are different Objects in Salesforce... So both the objects had it's own set of fields to capture the data...

2. Account, Contact are Standard Salesforce Objects which will come by default in all Salesforce orgs... In Salesforce we have lookup relationship between Account and Contact... Here Account is Parent and Contact is Child...

3. In business wise Account objects are used for Storing the Company's details ( which is an organization or person involved with your business ) ... And Contact object stores the person informations who associated with an particular account...

4. Account Phone,phone other,Shipping,mailing address  will store particular company related details. Eg (Amazon,  MRF )

5. Contact  street 1 , street 2, Mobile fields are used to store the particular person details who is working under the account.

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/content/learn/modules/accounts_contacts_lightning_experience

Thanks,
Maharajan.C

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Sai PraveenSai Praveen (Salesforce Developers) 
Hi Afar,

An Account can have multiple contacts. Accounts are Similar to the company name where we have the details of the company where the Contacts will be similar to Employees where we have different employees working so Contact number and mailing address will be different to the Account.

So there is no point of matching the Account and Contact fields unless we have requirement specific to it.

If this solution helps, Please mark it as best answer.

Thanks,
 
Maharajan CMaharajan C
Hi,

1. Account and Contact are different Objects in Salesforce... So both the objects had it's own set of fields to capture the data...

2. Account, Contact are Standard Salesforce Objects which will come by default in all Salesforce orgs... In Salesforce we have lookup relationship between Account and Contact... Here Account is Parent and Contact is Child...

3. In business wise Account objects are used for Storing the Company's details ( which is an organization or person involved with your business ) ... And Contact object stores the person informations who associated with an particular account...

4. Account Phone,phone other,Shipping,mailing address  will store particular company related details. Eg (Amazon,  MRF )

5. Contact  street 1 , street 2, Mobile fields are used to store the particular person details who is working under the account.

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/content/learn/modules/accounts_contacts_lightning_experience

Thanks,
Maharajan.C
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