How to Add an Email Address to Your Gmail Contacts

Keep your contacts up to date in Gmail

Illustration of a person adding contacts to their Gmail account

Lifewire / Ellen Lindner

When you exchange emails in Gmail with a new contact, take a moment to add the sender to Google Contacts, and it'll be available on all your devices. Here's how:

  1. Open a message from the sender you want to save as a contact in your Gmail address book.

  2. Hover your cursor over the sender's name at the top of the email.

  3. Click Add to Contacts on the pop-up pane.

    Add to Contacts button on Gmail web page
  4. To add more information about this contact, click Edit Contact. Enter the sender's name and any other information you have for the person. You don't have to fill out all the fields. You can always add information later.

    Edit Contact button on Gmail web page
  5. After adding all the information you want, Save the new contact, or wait while Google automatically saves it.

    Edit contact screen in Gmail contacts, highlighting Save button

When you type a letter or two into the To field as you compose a new email, Gmail auto-fills the field based on contacts that match so you don't have to look up addresses in your Contacts list manually. If you haven't saved the address, though, Gmail can't do this.

Access the Contact in Gmail 

When you are ready to expand or edit the information you have for your contact:

  1. Open Contacts at https://contacts.google.com/

  2. Start typing the contact's name or email address in the search field. Gmail will suggest matching contacts. If Gmail does not suggest the correct contact, select the correct entry in the search results.

    Search field in Google Contacts, with the letters
  3. The contact's details appear. Select the pencil icon to edit the contact.

    Edit pencil in Google Contacts interface
  4. Make the desired changes or additions. Select More at the bottom of the contact screen to see additional fields.

  5. Select Save.

About Google Contacts

When you enter a sender into Google Contacts, the information is synced across all your computers and mobile devices so it's available wherever you go and whatever device you use.

After you have a group of entries, you can organize, review, and merge them. You can even create personal mailing lists to send messages to groups without having to enter all their email addresses.