How to Automatically Create New Contacts in Gmail

The steps in this article are going to show you how to get Gmail to automatically create a new contact for people that you email for the first time.

  • Any new contact created this way will be added under “Other Contacts.”
  • These new contacts will come up in auto-complete when you start typing their name or email address, but you can also view your contacts at
  • If you change this setting in the future it will prevent new contacts from being created in this manner. However, existing contacts will remain.

Have you ever sent someone an email only to find that you no longer have their email address in the future?

While you can often find someone’s information or contact methods by searching through your emails, you might find it useful if Google automatically created new contacts when you emailed someone.

Fortunately, this is a setting that you can enable in Gmail.

Our guide below will show you how to make Gmail automatically create a new contact when you send someone an email for the first time.

How to Get Gmail to Create New Contacts Automatically

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser.

New contacts created this way can be found under the “Other Contacts” tab when you visit

Step 1: Sign into your Gmail account.

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

click the gear icon, then click Settings

Step 3: Scroll down to the Create contacts for auto-complete section and click the circle to the left of When I send a message to a new person, add them to Other Contacts so that I can auto-complete to them next time.

how to make Gmail create new contacts automatically

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

scroll down and click Save changes

Now that you know how to automatically create new contacts in Gmail, you can use this function to ensure that you can find previous email contacts a little more easily.

Find out how to create folders in Gmail if you would like to add some new folders or labels to use when filtering or sorting emails.

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