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June 26, 2024

How to find contacts in Gmail

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Looking for a way to streamline the way you can get to your Gmail contacts list? We've got you covered. In this blog post, we'll walk you through how you can access your Gmail contact list, how to find contacts from your Gmail inbox and from the Google contacts page. So you have all your options covered and can work uninterrupted.

5 ways to find contacts in Gmail

Below we unpack the most common ways you can find your Google contacts list so that you have some options besides the waffle menu Steve mentions in his video below.

Read on to learn more about:

  1. Using the waffle menu to find the contacts icon,
  2. Entering the URL,
  3. Through the Gmail search bar,
  4. Syncing contact information with your phone device,
  5. Export and import contacts

1. Access contacts via Gmail Interface

The most straightforward way to find your contacts in Gmail is through the Gmail interface itself. Here’s how:

  1. Open Gmail: Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Click on the Google Apps icon: Located at the top right corner, this icon looks like a waffle.
  3. Select contacts: From the dropdown menu, click on "Contacts." This will open a new tab with your Google Contacts.

2. Directly from Google Contacts

You can directly navigate to Google Contacts using the following steps:

  1. Open a new tab: In your web browser.
  2. Go to Google Contacts: Type in the address bar and hit enter.
  3. Sign in: If not already signed in, you will be prompted to log in to your Google account.

3. Use Gmail search bar

If you’re looking for a specific contact, the Gmail search bar can be a powerful tool:

  1. Open Gmail: Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Use the search bar: Type in your contact's name, email address of the contact or company name you’re looking for in the search bar at the top.
  3. Review search results: Gmail will display emails from or to that contact, and hovering over their name in an email will show you their contact details.

4. Sync contacts with your device

Syncing your Gmail contacts with your smartphone ensures that you always have access to them:

  1. Open settings on your device: Go to the accounts section.
  2. Add Google Account: If not already added.
  3. Enable contact sync: Ensure that the “Contacts” sync is turned on for your Google account. Your contacts will now be available in your phone’s contact list.

5. Export and import contacts

To manage contacts across different platforms, you might need to export and import them:

  1. Open Google contacts: Go
  2. Select contacts: Choose the contacts you want to export.
  3. Click on more (three dots) > Export: Choose the format (CSV for Google or vCard for other platforms).
  4. Import contacts: Follow a similar process if you need to import contacts from another service.


Finding and managing your contacts in Gmail in a way that doesn't interrupt your workflow can be challenging. With these methods, you can easily access, organize, and update your contact list. If you want to go a step further and get all your contacts in one place, it might be time for you to move away from the Gmail method and sync your contacts with folk.

More resources

Looking for more? Check out these resources from our Google contacts series