How to Open and Access Gmail Contacts

They're hidden in plain sight

What to Know

  • In Gmail, select the Google Apps icon in the upper-right corner, and then select Contacts.
  • Alternatively, go to and sign in, if necessary.
  • From your Gmail contacts, you can create mailing groups, export or import contacts, and merge data your contacts choose to share.

This article explains how to access contacts in Gmail using any web browser.

How to Open and Access Gmail Contacts

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

  1. Select the Google Apps icon in the upper-right corner of Gmail.

    The browser version of Gmail with the Google Apps icon highlighted
  2. Select Contacts to open a new window with your email addresses in it.

    The Google Apps window in Gmail with the Contacts app highlighted

Other Ways to Access Gmail Contacts

Enter into the browser URL field to open your Gmail Contacts screen. You may be asked to sign in to your account.

Gmail Contacts Features

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. 
  • Group contacts together: For example, to keep your business contacts separate from your personal contacts or to create a mailing group.
  • Manage contact list: Import, export, and print an entire list of contacts.
Gmail Contacts screen
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