How to Open and Access Gmail Contacts

They're hidden in plain sight

From adding and editing people to your Gmail Contacts list to syncing them with your Google+ account, there are some great features available if you know where to look.

How to Open and Access Gmail Contacts

To open your Gmail address book in a desktop browser, follow the steps below.

Illustration of a smartphone with a contact icon on it; three smaller illustrations of the benefits of Gmail contacts
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  1. Open Gmail.

  2. Select the Apps icon in the upper right.

    Apps icon in Gmail web page on Chrome
  3. Select Contacts, which will open a new window with all your email addresses in it.

    Contacts icon in Apps section of Gmail

Alternatively, you can also access your Gmail Contacts by:

  • Using a keyboard shortcut. Press the G key followed immediately by the C key in Gmail to list your Contacts folders in the left panel (instead of your email folders).
  • Enter https://contacts.google.com/ into your browser's URL field directly to open your Gmail Contacts screen.

Working With Gmail Contacts

With Contacts selected at the top of the Gmail left panel, you can:

Contacts screen in Gmail via the web
  • Open all your contacts or just the starred contacts.
  • View your most contacted people.
  • Form new groups of contacts.
  • Import contacts from other providers.

Gmail Contacts Features

One of the things users enjoy most about Gmail is that it's easy to use with other Google products like YouTube and Photos. There are also many useful features you should know about when it comes to managing Contacts in Gmail:

  • Gmail keeps track of people you frequently contact and adds them to a Frequently Contacted list. You can then add those people to your main contact list.This makes it easy to send emails to multiple contacts at once.
  • Gmail Contacts automatically merges info and details that your contacts choose to share. 
  • Your contacts are integrated with Google+ so you can easily add people in your circles to your contact list. Some people choose not to share their email address on Google+, but you can use Contacts to access their profile pages. 
  • There's no need to worry about duplicate contacts—they're automatically cleaned up. If you want to check for duplicates, select Duplicates in the left panel of the Google Contacts screen.
  • You can group contacts together. For example, you might want to keep your business contacts separate from your personal contacts or create a group for a particular project you're working on so you can easily email them all in one go.
  • Gmail gives you the ability to quickly import, export, or print an entire list of contacts.