Automatically Add New Yahoo! Mail Contacts

Make a New Contact For Everyone You Email, Without Lifting a Finger

A rolodex for contacts.
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Instead of adding Yahoo contacts the manual way, you can have new people you email automatically be added to your address book. This makes it really easy to email the same people again in the future.

If you later decide that you don't want a contact that was automatically added, you can easily delete that entry or even shut off this automatic contact management feature altogether.

How to Set up Automatic Address Book Assignment

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

  1. Click the Help menu at the top right of Yahoo! Mail (the one that looks like a gear).

  2. Click Settings.

  3. Open the Writing email tab.

  4. Make sure the option called Automatically add new recipients to Contacts is selected.

  5. Click Save.

You can also add any email's sender and recipients to your Yahoo! Mail contacts fast.

How to Edit or Delete Yahoo! Mail Contacts

All of the automatically assigned Yahoo! Mail contacts will appear in your Contacts list. This is the exact same place your contacts go when you add them manually; Yahoo! Mail does not separate these two types of contacts.

You can make changes to your address book like this:

  1. With your mail open, choose the Contacts icon at the top left of the page, next to Mail.

  2. Click the contact you want to edit.

  3. Click Delete from the top menu to remove the contact, or Edit Details to make changes to it.

  4. Edit any details you want to change, like the name of the contact or the birthday, website or phone number lines, etc.

  5. Click Save.

The Yahoo! Mail "Actions" Menu

If you return to Step 1 in the previous section, you can see that there's an Actions menu when you're looking at your address book. This menu provides some additional things you can do with your contacts.

For example, you can sort the entire address book by first or last name to make it easier to quickly sift through the list. You can also sort the contacts by their email address or in reverse.

This is the same area you must access to import contacts from other websites like Facebook, Google,, other email accounts or through a CSV or VCF file. You can also export the contacts from this screen.

The Actions menu in your Yahoo! Mail account is also responsible for letting you remove duplicate contacts, print all of your contacts and even restore your address book from an automatic backup.