How to Add Contacts Automatically in Yahoo Mail

Make a new contact for everyone you email in Yahoo Mail

Instead of adding Yahoo contacts the manual way, set up Yahoo Mail to add contacts to your address book automatically when you email someone new. If you decide you don't want a contact that was automatically added, delete it or shut off the automatic contact management feature.

Instructions in this article apply to the standard web version of Yahoo Mail.

How to Set up Automatic Address Book Assignment

Follow these steps to make Yahoo Mail create a new address book entry for each person you email:

  1. Select the Contacts icon.

    Contacts icon in Yahoo Mail
  2. Hover the mouse over the gear and select Settings.

    Settings option in gear menu
  3. Select Writing email.

    Writing email link in Yahoo Mail settings
  4. Select the Automatically add new recipients to Contacts checkbox.

    Automatically add new recipients to Contacts
  5. Select Save.

How to Edit or Delete Yahoo Mail Contacts

Automatically assigned Yahoo Mail contacts appear in your contacts list, which is the same place your contacts go when you add them manually. Yahoo Mail doesn't treat them differently, so you can manage them the same way.

To edit or delete Yahoo Mail contacts:

  1. In Yahoo Mail, select the Contacts icon.

  2. Select a contact.

  3. Select Delete to remove the contact, or select Edit Details to make changes to it.

    Delete icon in Contacts view in Yahoo Mail
  4. Select Save to apply the changes.

The Yahoo Mail Actions Menu

The Actions menu in the Yahoo Mail address book provides additional options to manage contacts.

Actions menu in Yahoo Mail Contacts

Here are a few ways to organize and manage your address book contacts:

  • Sort contacts alphabetically by first name, last name, or email address.
  • Remove duplicate contacts.
  • Print a list of your contacts.
  • Restore your address book from an automatic backup.
  • Import contacts from other websites such as Facebook, Google, and Outlook.com.
  • Import contacts from other email accounts or through a CSV or VCF file.
  • Export your Yahoo Mail contacts.