How to Add a Contact to Your Gmail Address Book

Keep your contacts up to date in Gmail

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Keeping your Google Contacts up to date keeps you organized and productive. When you exchange emails in Gmail with a new co-worker, friend, or email address, add the sender to Google Contacts one time, and it'll be available on all your devices.

Add a Sender to Google Contacts

When you receive an email from someone who is not currently one of your Contacts, you can open a contact screen for the person from within an email.

To enter an email's sender as a contact in your Gmail Contacts:

  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 or click the sender's avatar image to open an information screen.
  3. Click Contact Info on the information screen.
  4. Click the + button on the Google Contacts screen that opens.
  5. Enter the sender's name and any contact information you have for the person. You don't have to fill out all the fields. You can always add information later. Older versions of Gmail entered some of the sender's information automatically, but the current version doesn't.
  6. Click Save to save the new contact or wait while Google automatically saves the contact.

Sending emails in the future is simple because Gmail pulls the information from the contact card when you begin to enter the name or email address.

Access the Contact in Gmail 

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

  1. Open Contacts in Gmail. From the mail screen, click Gmail near the top left corner of the screen and select Contacts from the drop-down menu that appears.
  2. Start typing the contact's name or email address in the search field. Auto-completion will select the contact. If Gmail does not suggest the contact you are looking for, click the correct entry in the search results and press Enter.
  1. Make all desired changes or additions to the contact's sheet. Click More at the bottom of the contact screen to see additional fields.
  2. Click Save.

About Google Contacts

When you enter a sender into Google Contacts, the information is synced across all your mobile devices and operating systems, so the contact is available to you wherever you go and whatever device you use, as long as you activate the setting that allows Contacts to sync on each of your mobile devices. After you have a group of entries, you can organize, review and merge them. With Google Contacts you can create personal mailing lists to quickly send messages to groups of people without having to enter all their email addresses. 

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