Search
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu

Manage contacts

You can keep track of names, email addresses, phone numbers, and more in Google Contacts.

Add, edit, or delete contacts

Note: If you aren’t able to follow the steps here, you’re probably using the older version of Contacts. Go to add, edit, or delete contacts in old Contacts.

Add a contact
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. In the bottom right, click Add people Add people.
  3. Type the contact’s name.
  4. Click Create.
  5. Add contact information.
  6. Click Save.
Edit a contact
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Click a contact's name.
  3. In the top right corner, click Edit Edit.
  4. Click Save.

Note: You might see contact details that you can't edit. These details may come from:

  • Your contact's Google profile
  • Your contact’s work, school, or organization
  • Google Maps, if your contact is a business
Delete a contact
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Hover your mouse over the contact’s photo or People People, then check the box that shows up.
  3. To delete multiple contacts at a time, check all the contacts you want to delete.
  4. In the top right, click Delete Delete.
  5. Click Delete.

Merge, restore, or back up contacts

Merge contacts

If you have duplicate listings for the same person in Google Contacts, you can merge them.

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click Find duplicates. If you don’t see Find duplicates, go to merge contacts in old Contacts.
  3. In the top right, click Merge or Merge all.
Retrieve contacts

If you deleted, synced, imported, or merged contacts in the last 30 days, you can undo those changes.

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Click More and then Restore contacts.
  3. Choose a time to go back to.
  4. Click Restore.
Export & back up contacts

If you want to back up your Google Contacts or import them into another email account, you can export your contacts as a CSV or vCard file.

  1. Go to the old version of Google Contacts.
  2. Click More and then Export.
  3. Check the contacts you want to export.
  4. Select which format you want your contacts in. To back up your contacts, select Google CSV.
  5. To save your file, click Export.

Control who's automatically saved to your contacts

If you email someone but you haven't added them as a contact, Google Contacts automatically saves their email address in your "Other Contacts" group. Their email address will show up the next time you email them.

Stop automatically saving contacts you email
  1. On a computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then Settings.
  3. In the "Create contacts for auto-complete" section, select I'll add contacts myself.
  4. At the bottom, click Save changes.
See "Other Contacts" you've emailed
  1. Go to the old version of Google Contacts.
  2. In the bottom left, click Other Contacts.

Note: You won't see Other Contacts on your Apple device. If you've added your Google Account to your Android device, you may see Other Contacts on that device and in apps you've allowed access to your device contacts.

Delete "Other Contacts" you've emailed
  1. Go to the old version of Google Contacts.
  2. In the bottom left, click Other Contacts.
  3. Check all the contacts you want to delete.
  4. At the top, click More and then Delete contacts.

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

Was this article helpful?
Watch video tutorials

To get the latest tips, tricks, and how-to's, subscribe to our YouTube Channel.