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 (it's located in the upper-right corner of the Gmail screen).

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

    Contacts icon in Apps section of Gmail

Other Ways to Access Gmail Contacts

If you don't want to follow the steps above every time you want to see your contacts, there are other, faster ways to do do:

  • Press the G+C Gmail keyboard shortcut to list your Contacts folders in the left panel (instead of your email folders).
  • Enter into the browser URL field to open your Gmail Contacts screen.

Working With Gmail Contacts

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

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

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. Here are some useful features that make managing Contacts in Gmail easy:

  • Track contacts: Keep track of people you frequently contact and add 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.
  • Organize info: Automatically merge info and details that your contacts choose to share. 
  • Google+ integration: Integrate contacts 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. 
  • Automatically clean up duplicate contacts: If you want to check for duplicates, go to the left panel of the Google Contacts screen and select Duplicates.
  • Group contacts together: For example, to keep your business contacts separate from your personal contacts or create a mailing group for a particular project you're working on so you can easily email them all in one go.
  • Manage contact list: Import, export, and print an entire list of contacts.