How to Disable Auto-Complete for New Contacts in Gmail

The auto-complete feature is something that many users rely upon in any email program that offers it.

This auto-complete list is usually generated from your contact list, but Gmail has a feature where it will automatically add anyone that you email to this list.

This is helpful if you don’t always create contacts, even for people that you communicate with frequently.

But if you are emailing a lot and you meticulously manage your contact list, then those auto-complete suggestions can become an issue.

Fortunately, you will not need to figure out a way to navigate through them based on your own usage patterns.

Rather you can simply turn off the auto-complete option so that Gmail will only offer the auto-complete option for people that you have manually added to your Gmail contacts.

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The steps in this article are going to change a setting for Gmail when you access it through a Web browser like Google Chrome or Firefox.

Once you complete these steps, Google will no longer automatically add every new email recipient to your auto-complete list. You will need to manually create contacts to do that from now on.

Step 1: Navigate to your Gmail inbox at and sign in if you haven’t already.

Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window, then click the Settings option.

open gmail settings

Step 3: Scroll down to the Create contacts for auto-complete section, then check the circle to the left of the I’ll add contacts myself option.

how to turn off auto-complete for gmail contacts

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of this menu and click the Save changes button.

save changes

Now that you know how to disable auto-complete for new contacts in Gmail, you can make it much less frustrating to type email addresses for new messages.

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