How to Add Contacts to Gmail With Photos

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How to Add Contacts to Gmail With Photos

Gmail is so much more than a communication channel. In addition to being a secure and easy way to send and receive emails, Gmail enables you to save contacts, similar to what you do on your phone. 

When you add contacts to Gmail, you add them to Google Contacts. This channel enables you to save phone numbers, email addresses, and names. Saving contacts makes sending emails easier since Gmail autocompletes the email address after you enter the first few letters. Additionally, saved contacts are automatically whitelisted, meaning their messages never end up in the spam inbox. 

Below are comprehensive steps on how to add contacts to Gmail. Read on. 

Method 1: Adding Contacts from Received Email

If you received an email from someone that’s not on your contact list, it is easy to add them to contacts through the email they sent. Here are the steps: 

Step 1: Open your browser and then your Gmail account 

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Go to your Gmail account once you open your browser.

Step 2: Open the email of the person you want to add to your contact list 

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Open an email from someone you would like to add to your contacts.

Step 3: Click on the contact’s name or photo 

Click on their name.

Step 4: Click on the icon next to the name 

Click on the icon to the right of their name.

You will have successfully added this sender to your contacts. 

Method 2: Manually Adding Contacts to Gmail

Manually adding contacts means adding somebody who has not sent you an email to your contacts list. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: On your email page, click on the dots at the top right corner to open the Google menu 

Method 2 starts with clicking on the 9 dots on the top right of the page.

Step 2: Scroll down in the Google menu and click on contacts 

Find the Contacts icon and click on it.

Step 3: On the Google contacts page, click on create contact 

Click on Create contact.

Step 4: Select create a contact 

Then choose “create a contact.”

Step 5: Enter the details of the new contact 

Enter your details for the new contact.

Step 6: Click save 

Click “Save.”

Step 7: Google informs you that you have successfully added the new contact 

Google will inform you that the contact has been added.

Here is a quick reference YouTube video we recommend to see a live demonstration of one of the methods for adding contacts to your Gmail.

Method 3: Adding Contacts to Gmail Using a Phone

Although you can access your Gmail account on your Android or iOS device, you can’t add contacts through Gmail. Instead, you will need the Google contacts app to add the contacts. 

Unfortunately, this option is only available for Android devices. If you have an iOS device, you can only access Google Contacts by opening it via your web browser. If your Google account is logged in to that device, you won’t need to give your Google login details.

 The process of adding contacts to your phone via the Google contacts app on Android or the Google contacts mobile web version on iOS is similar. 

Here are the steps you follow:

Step 1: Open Google contacts on your iOS phone browser or the Google Contacts app on Android 

Method three begins with opening your contacts.

Step 2: Click on the plus (+) at the bottom of the screen to add contacts

Locate the plus sign at the bottom right of the screen and click on it.

Step 3: Enter details on the new contact 

Enter the new contact’s details.

Step 4: Click save 

Finally, click save.

Method 4: Automatically Adding Contacts to Gmail

Google automatically saves the contacts of people you have interacted with in Google services. This is why you see an email of somebody you haven’t saved in your contacts list autofill when entering their address. 

These contacts are saved in the ‘other contacts’ section. You can turn off this feature if you don’t want Google to automatically save your contacts. Here are the steps to stop automatically saving contacts to Gmail:

Step 1: Open Gmail and click on settings at the top right corner 

Open Gmail and click on the Settings (gear) icon.

Step 2: Select see all settings 

Select “see all settings.”

Step 3: Scroll down to create contacts for auto-complete 

Scroll down to create contacts for auto-complete.

Step 4: Select I’ll add contacts myself 

Select “I’ll add contacts myself.”

Step 5: Click on save changes at the bottom 

Click “Save Changes.”

Method 5: Creating Group Contacts in Gmail

Grouping contacts helps you send emails to your family, friends, or colleagues without manually entering their contacts. Here are the steps to creating a group in Google contacts 

Step 1: Open your browser and navigate to Google Contacts

Open your browser and navigate to Google Contacts.

Step 2: Select the contacts you want to include in the group 

Select the contacts you would like to include in your group.

Step 3: Scroll down to Labels, then click Create label on the left-side menu 

Go to Labels – Create label.

Step 4: Enter the name of the group and click save 

Create a name for your group.

After clicking save, you will have created a new group. You can also add more contacts to the group. Here are the steps you follow:

i) Open Google contacts and select the contact you want to add 

Open Google contacts and select the contacts you would like to add.

ii) Click the third icon at the top to open a menu 

Click the third (tag) icon at the top to open a menu.

iii) Select Manage labels and click the group you want to add it to 

Select “Manage labels” and then click on your label.

iv) Click apply

Click “Apply.”

The contact you selected will be added to that group. Only the default address is added to the group if a contact in the group has several addresses. 

Method 6: Importing Contacts to Gmail

If the contacts you want to add to Gmail are already saved somewhere else, you can import them to Gmail instead of saving them one by one. You can import contacts either from a file or another Gmail account. 

Importing Contacts from a File

Step 1: Open Google contacts in your browser 

Open Google contacts from a file.

Step 2: Click import

On the right-hand side of the screen, choose “Import.”

Step 3: Click Select file 

Click “Select File.”

Step 4: Select the file with the contacts and click open 

Find the file with the contact and click “Open.”

Step 5: Click Import to import the file. You get a notification after they have imported

Click “import.”

Method 7: Importing from Another Gmail Account

To import contacts from another Gmail account, you will need to first export these contacts to a file, then import the file using the method above. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Open Google contacts of the account and click export 

Open Google Contacts and choose “Export” on the right side of the screen.

Step 2: Select the contacts you want to export 

Select the contacts you would like to export.

Step 3: Select Google CSV

Select the “Google CSV” option.

Step 4: Click export 

Click “Export.”

Step 5: Sign out and open the other account where you want to import the contacts 

Sign out of your Gmail account and open the account you wish to import to.

Step 6: Click import

Click “import.”

Step 7: Select the file to import and click open 

Select the importable file and choose “open.”

Step 8: Click import 

Click “import.”

If you try to import contacts either from a file or another Gmail account and it fails, there are several possible reasons for the failure:

  • You are trying to import more than 3000 contacts at a time. If you have more than 3000 contacts to import, split them into several CSVs and import one at a time. 
  • The contacts you are trying to import are not formatted in vCard or CSV form. The file you import to Google contacts needs to be in either of these forms for it to work. 
  • You have attained the maximum number of contacts your Google contacts account can hold. Google contacts have a maximum of 25,000 contacts. Therefore, if you are likely to exceed this mark after you import, the import might fail. 

Method 8: Syncing Google Contacts

When you sync contacts on your Gmail, you can access them on any device as long as you have the same Gmail account. This means you don’t have to save contacts on your computer and again on your phone. 

Additionally, if you may edit a contact on a device, they are automatically updated on all devices with that account. 

Syncing Google Contacts on a Phone

Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to Google

Open Settings on your phone and choose “Google.”

Step 2: Scroll down to settings for Google apps

Then find “settings for Google apps.”

Step 3: Select Google contacts sync 

Select “Google Contacts sync.”

Step 4: Select Also sync device contacts 

Select “Also sync device contacts.”

Step 5: Turn on Automatically backup and sync device contacts 

Turn on the option to automatically back up and sync device contacts.

Your contacts will be automatically saved and synced to your selected backup account. Here are some points to remember when syncing google contacts. 

  • Some phone models do not support contact syncing. If you do not have the option on your phone, it is possible that this feature is not supported on that model. 
  • When you sign out of your account on that device, you remove all contacts saved on the Google account. This helps prevent other people using your device from accessing your contacts. 
  • You cannot sync your contacts to a child’s account or an account you use for work or school (G suite account). 


Adding contacts to Gmail means adding contacts to your Google account. You can add the contacts from a received email through Gmail or manually through Google contacts. 

If you have contacts saved in another file or Gmail account, you can export them to your preferred account instead of saving them manually. Additionally, you can sync your contacts so that it is easy to access them across all your devices where you use that Gmail account. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between contacts and other contacts on Gmail?

Contacts are your contacts list. You have added these email addresses or phone numbers to your Google contacts account either through email or Google contacts. Other contacts are addresses of people you have interacted with on your email but have not added to contacts. Google automatically saved these addresses in other contacts.

Why is my auto-complete feature in Gmail not working?

If your auto-complete feature is not working, you could be sending the email to a new recipient who is not saved in your contacts or other contacts. Otherwise, you could be entering an incorrect address. If none of this is your case, check whether all google servers are working, use a different browser, check your internet connection, or contact google support.

How do I bulk-add contacts to Gmail?

To bulk-add contacts in Gmail, you can import them if you have them saved in another account or file. Otherwise, open Google contacts, click on create contact and select create multiple contacts.

Does Google save contacts automatically?

Google automatically saves contacts of people you interact with on Gmail and other google services. These contacts are saved in Google Contacts under other contacts. You can then save them to add them to your contacts list.

Is there a limit on the total number of contacts you can save on google contacts?

The maximum number of contacts you can save on your Google contacts account is 25,000. If you exceed these contacts, you will likely get an error when trying to save another contact.

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