How to add contacts on Gmail App

Gmail is one of the most used mail hosting services out there. The Gmail app is well made and easy to use, as most of the platform is quite intuitive.

Though for some reason, there are some UI issues that make it difficult to know how to do certain things – logging out of Gmail is one, but users also find it difficult to add contacts too, as it’s not that well explained.

Though once you understand how to add a new contact, it’s actually pretty easy to do.

How to add contacts in Gmail – Here’s what to do

The interesting thing about this issue is that it’s not actually done within the Gmail App itself. This is because the Gmail App works from the contacts that are on your phone.

This is the same case for both iPhone and Android, and the steps may have very minor differences but should be near identical.

It’s also worth adding people to your Google contacts list if you think you’re going to be sending messages to and from them over and extended period of time.

Adding email to contacts – Mobile

First, close the Gmail App you’re looking at and head on over to the Contacts App (this is the same for both Android devices and iPhone).

This is one of the default apps so no need to go to the App Store/Google Play store to get it. It should be on your first screen of apps.

What you need to do once you open your contacts is select the Plus icon. Next you need to enter all the details you know about the contact.

With this, name and email address are the only needed fields when it comes to the Gmail App so don’t worry too much if you’re unsure about anything else.

Once done adding the contact, navigate back over to your Gmail App. Now that you’ve opened the Gmail App, next start composing an email.

You will now be able to type the name or email address of the contact you’ve added, and it will autofill the field. Job done.

You can also import contacts easily into your Google contacts too, which makes things much easier when maintaining your emails and have multiple contacts to add simultaneously.

How to Create Multiple Contacts

If you want to add multiple contacts to Gmail, the easiest way for you to do this is by using the Contacts app, either on Android or via your web browser.

This is because you can easily select Create a Contact from your Contacts app, and just beneath this is a Create Multiple Contacts option too. This makes it simple to add more Gmail contacts at the same time.

Also note that if you send an email to someone, they will automatically be added as a new contact. So, you won’t need to add contacts manually in this case.

Adding email to contacts – Web/Browser

Firstly, navigate over to your Gmail’s contact page (we’ll include a link below this paragraph) and sign in once you’re here.

Next, in the top right corner you’ll see a “Create contact” button. Simply enter the details for the contact you wish to add.

The name and email are the only required fields here but it’s always best to fill out as much as you can.

Once you’ve entered the various contact information click save and you’re done. Access Google contacts app link:

When you add users to your Google Contacts page, they’ll also be added to your Gmail app too.


In conclusion, the process of adding a contact to your Gmail App is very simple.

Although, it’s not that intuitive, as you need to go out of the Gmail App itself to add a contact to your Gmail account.

As with some other apps, the Gmail app takes info directly from you contact list, so if you have a contact in there then it’s likely not needed.

In fact, whenever you come to add a contact who’s contact info you already have, make sure you update their current contact rather than adding a new one.

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