Default contact groups

Organize your important contacts in Google Contacts, using pre-set lists or by creating your own custom categories. 

All Contacts

Organize the people you care about. Whenever you create a new contact or edit an existing one, it gets put into this group. Contacts that aren’t in this group include those that are auto-saved by Gmail, and categorized as “Other Contacts” (see section below). 

Most mobile devices will sync with your My Contacts group, but some may sync other default groups.

Still using the old Contacts? You’ll see this section as “My Contacts.” If you use Google+ Circles, you won’t see your Circles contacts included in this group unless you upgrade to the new Contacts.

Frequently Contacted 

Includes the 500 email addresses you use most frequently. Gmail automatically updates this list so you can reference it quickly and easily.

Still using the old Contacts? You’ll see your top 20 contacts in your Most Contact group. 

Other Contacts 

Other Contacts are any contacts that aren’t categorized into another contact group. You will likely have Other Contacts listed if you haven’t turned off the default Gmail setting to auto-create contacts of the people you send email to. Gmail uses Other Contacts to help auto-complete addresses when you write email. 

If you’ve set your Android device to sync with your Contacts, these Other Contacts will be synced to your device as well. When applications on your phone or tablet request permission to access your Contacts, “Other Contacts” is included in this group. 

To see who you have in Other Contacts, you’ll need to go to the older version of Contacts.

View Other Contacts

  1. On a computer, go to the older version of Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click Other contacts to see how many you have.

If you like, you can turn off the setting to auto-save Gmail contacts.

Stop auto-saving Other Contacts in Gmail

  1. On a computer, go to mail.google.com.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Under the “Create contacts for auto-complete:” section, choose “I’ll add contacts myself."

Additional groups 

You may also have your Friends, Family, and Coworkers as a contacts group. These used to be default groups in Gmail-- if you previously used them, then they can't be deleted.

Be careful when you delete! Your Google contacts are shared across your Google Account. If you delete a Google contact in any application, or on your phone, it won’t be available in Gmail or in any other Google products.

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

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