How to Add Contacts to Gmail and how to Find and Edit them

Are you struggling trying to save a new contact to your Google email account and wondering how to add contacts to Gmail? No worries, it is not your fault. Adding contacts in Google mail is not as easy as it should be! Google could have made this much more clear, but we got you covered. In this article we will be answering the following questions:

A bit of background on Gmail’s contacts

Like any email service, it is possible to add contacts to Gmail. However, Google chose a slightly different approach from the other email address providers. In fact, your contacts are connected to your Google account, not only to your email account.

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Before learning the steps to add a new contact to your Google email account, you will have to learn how to find contacts in Gmail. In fact, the difficult part of adding contacts to your Google email account is actually finding your contact list. Once you know where to find a contact in Gmail, adding them to Google contact list will be really easy. The same is valid for how to edit contacts in Gmail. This can be done in a few clicks once you will have your Gmail contact list open!

You might also be wondering “where are my Gmail contacts saved?”. They are saved in the “cloud” so that you will be able to access them from all your devices. So do not worry about which device you are using to add contacts to Google. You will always be able to access them from any device (provided that you use your Gmail account on all your devices).

Where are my Gmail contacts? How to find contacts in Gmail

The answer to the question “where are my Gmail contacts”?: They are safely stored in the cloud. So the real question should be: how to find contacts in Google cloud from my devices? Let’s see how to do this from different devices (PC, laptop and mobile devices).

How to find contacts in Gmail from your PC or laptop

You can follow the following steps to find your Google email contacts from your PC or laptop

  1. Go to gmail.com and make sure that you are logged in to the Gmail account you want to add your contacts to.
  2. Click on the Google app button on the top right of the webpage and select “Contacts” (as shown in the screenshot below).

  1. This will bring you to your Google contact list (you can also reach this page by going to contacts.google.com). Here you can find all your contacts saved in Google, including your email addresses!

With these steps you learned where to find contacts in Gmail. If you saved your phone numbers on your Google account, they will also appear in your Google contacts, together with your email contacts. Although having email and phone contacts mixed in the same overview can look a bit messy, it is actually really useful. In fact, this allows you to find your contacts from all your devices. This is super handy as you will probably send emails from both your PC and mobile phone. 

How to find contacts in Gmail from your mobile device

There are two different ways to find contacts in Google email from your mobile device. The first one is to search for them in your web browser, the second one is to install the Google Contacts app. If you are often searching contacts from your device, I would recommend installing the Google contacts App. If you search your Google contacts only every once in a while, I would recommend you to just search them from your web browser on your mobile device. 

If you want to find your Gmail contacts from the web browser of your mobile device, just go to contacts.google.com. If you want to install the Google contacts app, just download it from the Play Store. Now that you know how to find contacts in Gmail, it is time to learn how to add new email addresses to your Google contact list.

How to add contacts to Gmail

As previously explained, when you add email addresses to Gmail, you are actually adding them to your Google Contact list. In fact, once you add a contact to Gmail, you will be able to find it from any device you want. The same rule applies to adding contacts. You can add contacts to your account from any device and you will still be able to see them from all your devices!

Let’s now learn how to add a new contact to Google email from your PC and from your mobile device.

How to add contacts to Google from your PC or laptop

You can follow these steps to add contacts to your Google account:

  1. Open your Gmail contact list by going to contacts.google.com
  2. Click the “+ create contact” in the top left of the webpage and click “Create a contact”
Create contact in gmail
  1. This will open a popup where you should fill in the information of the new contact (as in screenshot below). If you want only to add an email address, just fill in the “First name” and “Email” Fields. The other fields are not required, but if you also know the phone number of the contact, I would recommend to also add it. This way you can have all the contact information in the same contact!
create contact in google mail
  1. Click save to save your contact

These were the steps to add contacts to your Google account from PC or laptop. Let’s now see how to add contacts to Gmail from your mobile device.

How to add contacts to your Google account from your mobile device

There are two ways to add email addresses in Gmail from your mobile device. One is from the web browser, the other one is from the Google Contacts app. If you want to add contacts from your browser, you can just follow the instructions in the previous sections (go to contacts.google.com and tap “Create contact”). 

If you want to add contacts from the app, remember that you cannot do this from your Google email App but you need to do it from the Google Contact app. Just download Google Contacts from the Play Store, open the app and tap the “+” button on the bottom of the page. This should bring you to the view visible from the screenshot below. Fill in (at least) the first name and email address from your new contact and click “Save” on the top of the page.

personal data create gmail contact in google

How to edit my contacts in Gmail

The answer to the question: “how to edit my contacts in Gmail?” is really easy. The first step is to find the contact you want to change. You can do this by following the instructions on How to find contacts in Gmail (earlier in this article). At this point, it is enough to click (or tap) on the contact and then select Edit (the small pencil in the picture below). 

How to edit my contacts in Gmail

How to import and export contacts from Gmail

If you have multiple Google email accounts and you want to copy your contacts from one account to the other, you can do this by exporting and importing your contacts from your Google contact list. You can, of course, also import and export contacts from Outlook to Gmail and vice versa

If you want to transfer contacts from your old Google contact list to your new one, the first step is to export the contacts from the old Google account and the second step is to import them to your new account.

How to export contacts from Gmail

You can follow these easy steps to learn how to export contacts from your Google email account

  1. Go to contacts.google.com and make sure to open the Gmail account from which you want to export your contacts. 
  2. Click “Export” (as in screenshot below)
Gmail contacts export
  1. Select “Google CSV” and click Export 

This will create a file with all your contacts. You can save and open the file and open it to read the contacts. However, the best feature of this CSV file is that you can import it into another Gmail account to add all your contacts to your Gmail account. 

Now that you know how to export contacts from your Google email account, let’s see how to import contacts to Gmail.

How to import contacts to Gmail

These are the steps you need to follow to import contacts to Gmail:

  1. Go to contacts.google.com
  2. Click “Import” 
gmail contacts inport
  1. This will open the popup shown below. Click “Select file”, search and select the contact list you downloaded in the “How to export contacts from Gmail” section and click “Open” and then “Import”
import gmail contact

The verdict

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