How to Delete a Contact From Gmail

Trim down your Gmail contact list by deleting out-of-date contacts

What to Know

  • In Google Contacts, select the addresses you want to delete.
  • Select the three-dot menu above your contact list, and then select Delete.
  • Removing a Gmail contact may or may not have any effect on contacts you have synced with other mail programs.

This article explains how to delete Gmail contacts from Google Contacts, the address book for Gmail.

Delete a Contact From Gmail

To remove a contact or email address that you have added to your Google Contacts:

  1. Open Google Contacts and select all the contacts you want to delete. To select an entry, hover the mouse button over the contact's icon to the left of their name or email address, then click the checkbox that appears.

    Alternatively, use the search field at the top to find specific address book entries and place a checkmark next to them. A new search deselects any previously checked contacts.

    Checkbox for contacts to be deleted in Google Contacts
  2. Select the three-dot icon above your contact list and select Delete from the toolbar that appears.

    Delete button in Google Contacts
  3. When prompted, confirm the action by selecting Delete from the menu that appears.

    Delete confirmation button in Google Contacts

Contacts in Different Places

The procedure we've outlined removes a contact from Gmail, so when you use the web version of Google's email program, you won't see these records anymore. However, if you use Gmail with a desktop application like Microsoft Outlook or Windows Mail, or if you add a Gmail account to an app-based mail program like iOS Mail or Outlook, you may still see other contacts.

Desktop and mobile email programs often include other address lists that are specific to the program or combined address lists that span all of the accounts that the program touches. Removing a Gmail contact may or may not have any effect on contacts that are managed outside of Google's direct control.

Someone deleting a contact from Gmail
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