Change who's saved & suggested as contacts

You'll see contacts suggested in some Google services, like when you start typing someone's name in a new email in Gmail. You can control who gets saved and suggested as a contact.

Who shows up as suggestions

  • People you've added to your contacts.
  • People you've interacted with in Google services are automatically saved to "Other contacts." You can stop automatically saving contacts at any time.

Control who's saved as contacts

Add contacts yourself
  1. Sign in to Google Contacts. You'll see a list of contacts you've added.
  2. At the bottom right, select Add Add.
  3. Enter the person's contact info.
  4. Select Save.
Save contact info when you interact with people

When you interact with people on Google products, you can automatically save their contact info, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers. When this setting is turned on, you'll keep the contact info for:

  • People you've shared something with, like a document in Drive
  • People who share content with you, like shared albums in Google Photos
  • People included in events or groups you're in

Start or stop saving automatically

  1. Go to the Contact info saved from interactions section of your Google Account.
  2. Turn Save contact info when you interact with people on or off.
  3. If you use Gmail, choose if Gmail saves contact info from people you email:
    1. On a computer, go to your Gmail settings.
    2. Under "Create contacts for auto-complete," choose an option.
    3. At the bottom of the page, click Save changes.

Change or remove contacts

To stop people from showing up as suggestions, follow the steps below to remove them.

Contacts you've added
  1. Sign in to Google Contacts.
  2. Click or tap a contact.
  3. From here you can:
    • Change info: On the top right, select Edit Edit. Make the changes you want. At the bottom, select Save.
    • Remove a contact: On the top right, select More More and then Delete.
Contacts saved automatically
  1. Sign in to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, select Other contacts.
  3. Click or tap a contact.
  4. From here you can:
    • Change info: On the top right, select Add to contacts Add people. Make the changes you want. At the bottom, select Save.
    • Remove a contact: On the top right, select More More and then Delete. To stop them from getting added back, follow the steps to stop saving automatically.

 

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