Remove a contact from Gmail

  1. Clean up your Gmail contact list by deleting obsolete contacts
  2. Remove contact from Gmail
  3. Contacts in different places

Clean up your Gmail contact list by deleting obsolete contacts

It’s not uncommon to find a Gmail address book in contacts that you haven’t heard from in years. Optimize your address book by removing unwanted contacts.

Remove contact from Gmail

To remove a contact or email address from your Gmail address book, remove the item from Google Contacts:

  1. Open Google Contacts.

  2. Check all contacts you want to delete. To check the item, hover over the contact icon to the left of his or her name or email address, then click the checkbox that appears.

    You can also use the search box at the top to find specific entries in your address book and check the box next to it, but a new search will deselect all previously checked contacts.

  3. Click the three dots icon that appears in the top right corner and select remove on the toolbar that appears.

  4. Confirm the action when prompted by selecting: remove in the menu that appears.

For older versions of Gmail, click Lake on the toolbar and select Delete contacts in the menu that appears.

Contacts in different places

The procedure we described removes the contact from Gmail, so if you’re using Google’s web-based email program, you won’t see those entries anymore. However, if you use Gmail with a desktop app such as Microsoft Outlook or Windows Mail, or if you add a Gmail account to an app-based email program such as iOS Mail or Outlook, you may still see other contacts.

Desktop and mobile e-mail programs often contain other program-specific directories or combined directories that include all accounts that the program has access to. Removing a contact from Gmail may or may not have any effect on contacts managed outside of Google’s direct control.

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