FAQ: Contacts preview

Contacts preview is the new way to view and edit your contacts on your computer.

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To get started, learn how to create and edit contacts in Contacts preview.


I want to use the old Google Contacts
  1. On the left-hand tab, click More.
  2. Click Leave the Contacts preview.
I switched to old Contacts but want to go back to the new one
  1. On the left side of the Contacts page, click Try Contacts preview.
I don't see the new Contacts

If you use Gmail through your work, school, or other group, you won’t see the Contacts preview until your organization turns it on. 

Who’s included in my contacts list?

Your "All contacts" list includes two sets of people:

  • Everyone in the "My Contacts" list in the old Contacts. These are the people you’ve added or edited yourself on your computer, and contacts you’ve chosen to sync from your Android device.
  • The people in "Your circles" in Google+. To learn more about "Your circles," and to choose which circles are included, see Choose which circles you share with.

If you use Gmail through your work, school, or other group, you might also have a “Directory” list that includes all shared contacts in your organization.

I don’t want to see my Google+ circles in my contact list

If you’re seeing people from your Google+ circles in your "All contacts" list, you can remove them if you like.

Remove Google+ circles from “All contacts” list

  1. Go to Contacts preview.
  2. On the left, click More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the "Circles" section, uncheck the box.

Now when you go to contacts.google.com, you shouldn’t see people from your Google+ circles in your "All contacts" list. To see their contact information, click Circles in the left-hand menu.

I can’t import, export, or restore contacts

Contacts preview is still pretty new, and we’re working on adding a few features like import, export, and restore contacts. When you try to use one of these features in the Contacts preview, we'll help you go back to the old Contacts so you can use the feature there.

What else is new in the Contacts preview?

Easier to merge duplicates

When you find and merge duplicate contacts, you can see more information about each duplicate and make faster decisions about whether or not to merge the two contacts.

More contact information in one place

Contact information that someone has shared with you on Google+ and information you’ve manually entered about them will both show on one contact card.

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