How do I add a Google Gmail sender to my contact list address book?
This is such a simple question I can't believe I'm asking it! Being a huge gmail fan since switching from hotmail I can't find out how to save the sender's address to my contcats list other than copying and pasting the address having gone to contaxts and create a new contact. Surely the good people at google have a one click solution for me that I just can't find! Your help is greatly appreciated.
Your confusion is understandable, because like so many features in Google's splendid Gmail service, what you seek is hidden under the innocuously labeled More options link.
To accomplish what you seek, simply open up a message from the sender who is to be memorialized in your address book. The head of the message will look like this message from my friend Scott Allen:
Click on "More options", though, and suddenly there's a world of choices:
You can see the option you want: Add sender to contacts list. Assuming everything works properly -- and it should -- you'll now see a status message above the email:
That's all there is to it. Hope that helps you figure the "one click" solution!
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Reader Comments To Date: 78
It looks like the "more options" choice has disappeared? If there's a way to "unhide options" I don't see it. Thanks
I just wanted to know how to put email in address book from a person that did not send and email also how to delete someone from address book
There is no "more option" choice on Gmail!! or I can not find it!!
I cannot see "more option" link either. Tried both "older" and "newer" versions. Anyone knows how to bring it back or have it displayed? thanks
I cant find it and I dont have a date in that location like the sample does, only a time of day
I found it next to the reply button, top right
I had this problem and like the rest of you could not find the more options link anymore. I had to click on the older version link at the top right of the page. The older version looks very much like the newer version, but there is a difference in the reply options. Click on the arrow next to reply and then you'll find the option to add this person to your contacts list. HOpefully this helps someone.
I just wanted to know how to put email in address book from a person that did not send and email also how to delete someone from address book
@Frank Poliat: Use the dropdown arrow next to "Reply".
I switched to gmail about 4 months ago... and I'm sorry I did. I like the new yahoo mail much better. This is just me, so don't get upset! there is no right or wrong answer, but I too could not find how to simply add a sender to my contact list. Finally, I had to switch to the older version in order to do it... poor design by google. Yahoo is so easy. Also, the way messages roll up has its definite pros and cons... if you have a single subject line to multiple people, it can make it very difficult to track messages from individuals... so overall I don't like it... hard to read at times too... other than that, many good things, mostly google docs is the reason I went with gmail... thanks for this site! It helped me figure out how to add a contact!
where is the "more option"
There is no "more options" in Gmail anymore. It has been replaced by a pull-down menu on the "Reply" button (in the upper right portion of the message screen). If you pull down that menu, you'll see "Add to Contacts list."
Someone at Gmail likes "hide and seek" game. I just spent 30 min trying to figure out how to add contact
of a person who's not a sender to Gmail yet and couldn't. I don't have "more inf" or more option either. Why don't you copy Yahoo mail? It's so much simplier
why is it so hard to add a new contact? I may or may not have received or sent mail yet--just want to update my list of contacts--this is absurd--just a simple "add new contact" would be so easy!!
Im the new version of gmail there is a little tiny
arrow. Its like an inverted triangle next to the reply link. When you click there
the old options appear including the add to contact list option
The little drop down arrow does not contain the option to add the contact to address book...
I can't find the option on the drop down menu next to reply either... maybe the gmail development team should stop fiddling around with labs until they've got the basics sorted.
I see the arrow next to reply but there is nothing for add to contacts. Gmail sucks! I am going to have to go back to using yahoo or hotmail since this is way too difficult!
Adding contacts is very very complicated. The way to do it (on my Mac) is as follows: (1) When you are looking at your email place your mouse arrow over the name of the person who you want to add. Even without clicking, a box appears. If it has three tabs: Email, Chat, and "More", you're in business. (2) Click "More." (3) From the drop box, hit "contact details". You will then be taken to a strange looking window. (4) At this point, you should be able to click the button that shows a plus sign and a person. Then click the box next the to name of the person you want to add. At that point some warning box comes up--just say OK. At that point your contact is added! phew!
I have carefully read all the comments above and I still can't add a contact without manually editing the fields. It is so basic, but I guess that there is NO WAY to add a contact by simply selecting the address from a received message. I really have been depending on gmail, but I will have to change to something else. It is stupid that this isn't just a single click option.
Yes, there does not appear to be a direct way of doing this anymore. However, if you have replied to the sender, the contact will have automatically been created.
Thank you for the answer. Indeed, the new gmail has the triangle icon pointing down. To find it, first notice that each email in a thread of emails is framed by it's own rounded-corner-rectangle. In the upper right-hand corner of that thin rectangle is the downward pointing triangle. "Add to Contacts list" is the fifth option after Print. HOWEVER, if you already have that address in your Contacts list then the option to add it does NOT appear.
As of 12/14/2009, here's how to add a contact to your address book directly from an email that they have sent you:
Open the email. You will see a Reply button with a curved arrow, and next to that, a button with a triangle pointed down. Click this "triangle" button.
The options shown (as I look at them now) are:
Reply to all
Filter messages like this
Add _____________ to Contacts list
Delete this message
Message text garbled?
See that 5th one? THAT'S THE ONE YOU WANT. If it's not there, it means the contact is already in your list.
For some reason it's easy to miss. I looked past it several times, and ended up here looking for answers. When I read the explanations in the comments, I looked again and this time I saw it. So go look again.
I dont see Add sender to contacts list in the more options drop down, so how do i ad an email address to my address book???
i found the arrow and the option, but don't see the contact under the contact list... the counter is raised, but unable to edit or see contact info...
so when i have 5 contacts and add 1 via the menu, it says 6 contact but i only see 5 editable contacts?! i can't even delete the newly added contact...
is this a bug? (i'm using the dutch gmail version)
This is nuts. The problem on this thread was identified in 2007, and in my version of gmail there STILL is no "Add to contacts" under the down-pointing arrow. Hello Google? Can you take a TINY pause from raking in all that cash to fix this?
The option to add a sender to your "my contacts" list should be available from the drop down menu next to the top right reply button, BUT ONLY if the sender of the email you opened isn't yet included in your contacts list! You can only add NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES to "my contacts" and existing contacts can't be listed twice. Simple as that.
When I hit the arrow sometimes it gives me the option to add and other times it doesn't give me the option.
So I thought maybe it only gives me the option to add if I have not added it all ready.
So I checked and it seems random.
1) If it is all ready in my contacts then the option won't appear. That is good
1) If the contact is not all ready in my contact list, sometimes I have the option to ad and other times I don't...that part seems random.
Has anyone noticed this?
I FIGURED IT OUT!
If when you use the little arrow for the pull down menu and you do not see an option to add the contact to the list YET THE CONTACT IS NOT ON THE LIST.
Open contacts then under "search contacts" type in any letter of the alphabet. Say you type in the letter "a"
then under the column that is under "search contacts" all your contacts are there but if you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see the contacts that are not in contact book but that you have responded to. Click on it and then click "move to contacts"
Go through all the letters and you will have added them all.
If I just want to update an address or just change any info in the google address book, how do i do that? I do not use gmail as my regular service, but my calendar is now gmail. I can update my phone (android) address book and it appears correct on my computer. BUT I do not know how to update using my computer so it will be correct on my phone. I am with Verizon, switched from samsung omnia with windows based applications and a Mac laptop. It was easy there changing from both units using special softwares. NOT so with Android and mac. HELP. Thanks
I have a query about adding email address of a any person in the contact list please suggest me!
After three years, this one still has legs. I'm looking for a way to add someone to my address book that I sent a message to. The triangle next to the reply button does not include ADD TO CONTACTS and the address is not already in my address book. When I perform a search of my contacts, this person does not show up. Do I have to manually add addresses to people that I've sent messages to?
This is crazy stupid. How company with virtually unlimited resources screw up such a simple feature. It should not take 30 minutes, or even 5 for that matter, to figure out how to add a contact to your list. Google should be embarrassed.
how can i add a new contact in my accounts
So I've found how to add the contacts, but I've still got a bit of a problem. I'd like to add new contacts to a group without going to the contacts page. Maybe Add To Contacts -> 'list of groups created' as a dropdown menu.
I'm a professional musician and I use gmail to manage my band emails, and sometimes I get emails from fans or venues that I don't use often, but want to keep. It's a pain to add each of them to my contacts list, then slog through the contacts screen to add them to a fan list or venue list.
The UNENDING PROBLEM.
So from what I have read in this thread.
- More Options : button does not exist
- switch to older version : cannot find option
- Triangle next to reply : seems to be the right choice SOMETIMES. I was able to add a some addresses in some emails but not all.
- Check if email addresses are already in book if you cannot add : no they are not. Testes this by searching and trying to get it to auto complete those addresses in a new email
- to the guy above who says "I FIGURED IT OUT" : again worked for some addresses but not all. Seems to only work for ones you have responded to at some point and not ones that are in the header that you just want to add for potential future contact
I am so upset that I changed over everything to GMail and changed all my contact info. Who would have thought such fundamental problems like this would simply be ignored by google.
3 days ago gmail was fine. Now I can't find how to add new contacts. The contacts that I have are missing all the groups they were assigned to and I can't find a way to reassign them to a group. Has something changed recently? My husband has the same problem.
I was looking for this as well and landed here. I finally figured out how to add contacts from the emails.
On the email view, at the top right corner, there's a Reply button. Next to it is an arrow pointing downward. Click on it and you'll see a dropdown menu. You'll see an "Add 'sender's name' to Contacts List" option.
That's it! Hope it helps.
I do not have a "More Options". My "Reply" drop-down menu does not have "Add [contact-name] to your Contacts list". Is it possible that this only works for GMAIL addresses? I am so mad at what used to be a SIMPLE process, would like to give gmail or google a word or two. Thanks.
Guys, if you haven't figured this out by now it's not that difficult.
1) If you are VIEWING an email that you want to add, then click the down arrow next to "reply." As mentioned previously, the "add contact" option will only appear if the contact is not already added.
2) If you want to just add an address WITHOUT receiving and email first the are three menu options right beneath the Gmail logo "Mail," "Contacts," and "Tasks." Choose Contacts and then there are a couple ways to add an address from there, which should be easy enough to figure out.
Good Luck! Phil
@Phil: No it's not difficult, just tedious. The primary problem that people are having is how to add new contacts that are on *the recipient list*, but are not the sender. There is *no option* to do that directly from the message. One must manually do it. No, not difficult, but surely this is any easy fix.
Google? Are you there? Can you hear me now?
The situation occurs frequently in a business setting. A contact (C) sends me and another person (X) an email, making an introduction. I should be able to the person X to my contacts with one click.
That's exactly what I'm looking for. I need to add the contacts on the recipient list which is usually around 20+ people. Is there any 3rd party software or plugins that can do this?
ADDING OTHER RECIPIENTS is much easier than the last two posts (by A1 and matchpoints) imply. Not as simple as one click - but remember you may not want every single address in a list. I just put a distribution list of 75 into My contacts using Copy and Paste as follows:
--click Show Details on the mail's Subject line and that will expose the whole dist'n list
--select as much of the list as you want
--Copy the selection
--Click on Contacts in the left margin (Contacts/Mail/Tasks) then click on My Contacts or whatever contacts group you choose
--At the top or bottom of the Contacts list click on Add to "My Contacts" and Paste into the two line box that opens.
BTW regarding duplicates - the addresses will appear only once each.
My data were all in the form Name1 Name2 [Name3] email
OK, I added a contact w/ dropdown arrow and the message appeared saying that a new contact had bee added. Then when I clicked on "move to" the original contact list dropped down but did not have the contact I just added. This such a simple operation in hotmail, I can't believe google has no solution for this!!! I am so happy w/ gmail otherwise and will never return to hotmail but that is one feature I really want. Thank you,JAMES
I found a way to add people to "Contacts"
Open the email that has the email links of various people beside the "To" and "From" zones.
Click on one as if you are going to send them an email. (a new window opens)
Save as a draft.
On main window, go to right hand side.
Find your Name and email address. Below it are 4 icons (one is a pone). Click the arrow on the right. It is just above a small link called "show details."
There you are given the "add to contact" opportunity.
It's a bit of a pain, but until Google makes life a little easier for us on this front, it's the best I've found.
I have a samsungTab 7 Android 2.3 OS
I just spent 3 hours trying to add senders
address to contact list.
On my tab their is a box with a android in it
on the left side of the senders address.
hold finger on the box a drop down appears
says add to contacts. (no information on this any
where I could find) Once added to contact list
touch the box and it brings up the address.
My first post on anything, hope this helps.
As of October 30, 2011, this is how you add a person to your Contacts list if you have received an email from them, but never sent them an email:
1. Open the email you received from the person whom you wish to add to your Contacts List
2. Hover your Cursor Arrow over the person's name at the top of the message they sent to you.
3. A small window will appear below the person's name. In that window the perons's email address will appear, and below and to the right of three choices, a pull-down window marked MORE will appear.
4. Click on the word MORE
5. Click on ADD to CONTACTS
6. You are done.
how do I add a new contact who has not yet sent me an email..I have the new look gmail
hi dave thanks your great website. I have an issue about inconsistency between the desktop & mobile version of gmail. I have a HTC Inspire and I can use websites in either view. Yesterday, in the "new" gmail format, mobile I was creating labels & w/ ea. new label I had the opt to "nest" it as a sub-folder. Tonight, I was in old desktop ver. & was trying to create subfolders but there were no options. I was in that big old yellow box with the tabs on top & could only create, remove or rename labels. I didn't even see an option to go to the new version of gmail. sorry for my long question but, can you help?
@Anthony. I did as you said but when click more there is no add contacts. and the mail i get from this receiver always go to spam folder even i say its not spam.. realy difficult..
It all seems nice, except one thing: on my gmail page, I don't even see any "Contact" button or anything similar. Also, all most important mail commands are represented as strange pictures and spreaded all over the page.
Hi. I am finding the new gmail edition very difficult and not the improvement google had hoped for. Is anyone else having problems? I cannot find my contact list. When I attempted to go to the gear icon and temporarily revert to the "old" gmail format, I did not have that option. Can you tell me how to find my contact list and if it is possible to revert back. I don't even know how I ended up with this new version in the first place. all other users in my home still have the old version. Help :/
For the "new look" gmail it is easy to add a contact that you have not sent nor received an email from at the time you want to add them.
1. Look in the upper left corner of the screen. Right under the logo, click on Mail (with a down arrow next to it).
2. Select "Contacts"
3. Above the contact list there are three icons. select the person with a + sign next to them.
4. Type in contact info.
I'm forced to use the basic HTML version of Gmail because of occasional shaping by ISP for Gmail at times and I'm unable to find anywhere with any method I can add a contact who I've never sent to or received email from when shaped.
The only way I could get my curent contacts into Gmail/contacts was to import them for yahoo and too bad if I want to add any new ones.
Shame on you Google and Gmail!
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I want to add a Contact, but cannot get the word Contact to appear above my current list. How can I achieve this? Is there a way to go back to the old version since I don't like the new version gmail setup?
In the bottom left of my screen under 'Chat and SMS I have a list of names.If you just hover over a name a box with details appears, in the bottom right is a 'More' go to that and a menu box will appear. The top option is 'Contact Details', click on that and a new window will appear for you to edit the details BUT in the top left is the 'NEW CONTACT' which you are searching for! There should be an easier way! CJ
I am still having trouble saving my contacts from an email...Hence why I am on this blog SMH. Gmail needs to do better. I got off Yahoo because I was getting so much SPAM, but I think I'd rather deal with a user friendly engine with spam than Gmail which sucks:(
Copy the contact details from your email ctrl:c
Follow the suggestions above to either add a NEW contact, or add details to an existing contact.
Paste ctrl:v the details into the Notes section of the contact details.
From there, just copy and paste the relevant details into the appropriate fields as required.
I still don't see an easier way to add a contact. There is more options dropdown but there's no option to add a contact in there. I've searched for it everywhere, with no avail.
log into gmail->you will find google logo at top left with search box.->under google logo you can find gmail logo with a down arrow besides gmail. click that down arrow and there the contact is. hurahhh
I do not open my gmail account
LOL at this trail. Responding does add the email address to "other contacts" list. You can go to contacts and go to the bottom and see all the "other contacts" and you can check and add them to My Contacts. You can also find folks in "other comments" when you do a search, although they won't auto appear under type forward function.
In addition, when added gmail contacts does not have a way of labeling the email by default, like home or work or even choosing that. When you import a large # of contacts, it will label them as "main".
This means my gmail contacts unlabeled or labeled Main will not sync with the mac world and my iphone. You must manually go in and change the so they will sync. I don't think I have to explain the reason for that :)
Hey google, we are watching you too!
I do not have the more options What do I do now to add a contact?
No no and no. none of those options are there.
android lg phone. super crappy
That works if the sender is the person you want to add. However, I have received mail with email addresses within the message. I can't figure out a way to add those except by creating a new contact. Any thoughts?? Thanks.
some days ago i came to this page for my question "how can i add a contact to my Gmail contacts?"
because i can't see "more options" and "add sender" or all such this options;
i read most of people message but never couldn't add new contact to my contacts, now i have go back to this page for answer this questions with my new solution!
just with 3 click.
sign in with Google Talk(the messenger of google) and invite the email address that you want to add to your contact (such gmail, ymail or other) and go to gmail and see your new contact in your contacts!
1) sign in on goolge talk
2) click add(invite) button
3) type the email address
4) click next for type your message
5) click finish
i hope useful for all.
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What is wrong with Google that they do not make CONTACTS an obvious selection for a freakin' mail application? Irritating beyond belief. They didn't forget to put advertisements on the page, did they?
What happened to "Address Book" and "add contact"? I can't add a new contact whom I have not received an email. Perhaps I forgot but I just can't seem to add a new contact.
Worthless advice. There is no "more options" option anywhere on my g-mail page.
On the android tablet, in gmail, click on the email of the person u want to add. Then hold your finger down on the picture box to the left of the person name in the email header. Then select add to contacts.
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This is all there is. No "add contact" to be found.
WTF!!! Where is Contacts??? If I can't add a contact I am leaving gmail and going back to my private mail.
Gmail... Get it together. You have finally made gmail, once great, now a pain in the ass!
Bill, on the top left of your Gmail pages it says "Gmail" and has a tiny triangle just to the right of the word. Click on the triangle. Voila! Now you can get to Contacts. :-)
Found Contacts. Found Other Contacts. Added person to My Contacts. But I'm surprised it should be such a UX nightmare. It has to be easier than this!
with ONE click - you can "ADD A GOOGLE GMAIL SENDER TO MY CONTACT LIST ADDRESS BOOK?" or email addresses on CC and Bcc - (I had the same question and clicked/hover around. And it's right there in front of my face!)I'm using Chrome Version 24.0.1312.57 m
- In your main Inbox (or All Mail, Sent Mail, ...) hover your cursor on the sender (you have to open the actual email if you want to add cc and Bcc addresses) and
- a small popup window that looks similar to Google+ will show up,
- then click on "Add to Contacts" at bottom left - that's it. It'll take you to Contacts folder to add other info..phone #, address, etc..
- If you've already added that contact, the popup window will show "Contact Info" instead.
To add new contact on Gmail, switch to "Standard View" [located at top of page] and it is plane as day.
You will see "contacts" at upper left of page.
I found it to be quite a chore on the New Version of Gmail.
Pass on the good news people.
I've been trying to add contacts on my contact list since i signed to dis gmail but still can't find way to add...
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
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