Every day, you send emails. Oftentimes, you send them to the same people. Gmail makes it easy to organize the contact information of the people you communicate with most through Google Contacts.
What is Google Contacts?
Google Contacts is a simple and easy way to organize and store the contact information of the people you communicate with on a regular basis.
What kind of contact information can you store?
- Phone numbers
- Email addresses
- Physical address
- Job Title
Think of Google Contacts as your digital address book. It can even be integrated with all of Google’s Apps, including Drive, Gmail and Calendar.
The Benefits of Google Contacts
One of the great things about Google Contacts is that it allows you to share documents, send out emails and add people to your calendar without you having to look up the person’s contact information. Google’s autocomplete function taps into your contacts list to take care of that for you.
You can also choose to synchronize your contacts between a mobile device and Google Apps, so you can see your contacts outside of your browser.
Managing Your Contacts
Want to manage your contacts list? Simply visit https://www.google.com/contacts/ to get started.
First thing’s fist, you’ll need to sign into your Google Account. If you’re already signed into Gmail, you should automatically be logged in and able to see your Contacts list.
The homepage will present you with a list of people who are “Frequently Contacted” and a list of contacts that you’ve added personally. The “Frequently Contacted” list, as you may have guessed, includes people that you communicate with regularly, but haven’t added to your contacts list yet. To the right of these contacts is a list of options, including the ability to add them to your contacts list. You can also choose to edit the contact and choose which circle you’d like to add them to.
On the left side of the page, you’ll find more options. You can choose to create a new group or add a new circle. You can also find duplicate contacts, which makes it easier to keep your list organized.
Under the “more” tab, you can tweak the settings, import or export contacts, print or restore contacts.
Integrating Your Contacts with Gmail
Now that you know how to create Contacts in Google, how do you integrate those contacts with Gmail? In short, you don’t. Google takes care of that for you.
Head on over to Gmail, and compose a new email. In the “To” field, start typing a name (choose a name that you know is already on your contacts list). Google’s autocomplete function should present you with a list of people who are either on your contacts list or are people you have communicated with before.
Google does give you the option to sync your contacts with your mobile device. You can also import or export contacts through vCard files or CSV files.
To import CSV files:
- Log into Google Contacts.
- Click More > Import…
- Click the Choose File
- Choose the CSV file you wish to import and click Import.
It’s important to keep in mind that you can only import a maximum of 3,000 contacts at a time through a CSV file. If you have more than 3,000 contacts you need to upload, you can create different CSV files and upload each one separately.
Google Contacts is a great way to keep your contacts organized. It also makes it easier to send emails, share documents and add people to your calendar thanks to the autocomplete function. And with Contacts, you don’t have to jump through hoops or take any extra steps to integrate your contacts with Gmail.