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Deleting Gmail Contacts

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Diane from OK writes:

How do I delete contact emails from my Gmail contact list?

As online acquaintances come and go, your digital address book may need to be updated from time to time. If you’ve got that “special” someone you’d rather not hear from again, or just need to clean up old contacts that aren’t in use anymore, the Gmail service lets you remove unwanted entries from your address book.

Gmail’s interface has recently been revamped and streamlined, so the location of various options such as deleting saved contacts have been moved around. After logging into your Gmail account, click the large red “Gmail” button at the upper-left side of the screen, just below the “Google” icon. Select the “Contacts” entry in the list of options. Depending on how you have your account setup or what options you were previously using, the “Gmail” button may instead read “Tasks” or “Contacts.”

Opening The Contacts Menu

Each of your contact lists are located directly below the red “New Contact” button at the left side of the window. Click the name of the specific contact list you want to access, such as “My Contacts.”

Choosing a Contact List

Find the name of the contact you want to remove in the listing at the center of the window. Click the check box to the left of each contact you need to delete.

Selecting a Contact

If you instead want to delete every contact in the currently selected list, click the box icon at the top of the list of names and select the “All” option.

Selecting All Contacts

To delete the selected contacts, open the “More” box above the list of contacts and click the “Delete Contact” button.

Deleting a Contact

Anytime you delete a contact, Gmail provides an option to immediately undo the change just in case you selected the wrong option or deleted too many contacts. If you want to restore the contacts you deleted, click the “Undo” button that appears at the top of the screen immediately after choosing “Delete Contact.”

Undoing a Change

In the event you later change your mind or discover you still need a specific contact that was previously deleted, it is possible to restore removed entries later on down the line. Open the “More” box again and scroll down to the “Restore Contacts” option.

Restoring Contacts

Click the radio button for the timeframe you want to use to restore your contacts, such as “10 minutes ago” or “1 Week Ago.” If you want to go back even further, click the “Custom” button and type in the number of days to go back. Click the blue “Restore” button to restore any contacts deleted after the selected timeframe.

The Restore Button

~Ty Arthur

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8 Responses to “Deleting Gmail Contacts”

  1. Dr P.Chandra Bose says:

    The tips helps lot of Gmail users as this is not known to many.

  2. Bill says:

    Excellent. I had no idea on this one. Like many tips, this is simply exploring the obvious, yet it is very helpful to me. Keep up the good work.

  3. kiran says:

    this tip helpd me alot svery simple n easy to remove contacts easily thanq,,,,..

  4. Cynthia John says:

    Thank you so much as this tip was helpful.

  5. CSJP says:

    Very clear, BUT also: HOW can your contacts’ old/no-longer-in-use email addresses be prevented from showing up in the ‘pick list’ when you type in a recipient and get various choices? I have not found a way to do this that works, despite searching and trying several supposed solutions.

  6. Rebecca says:

    I have the same problem as CSJP. I cannot get rid of google archived contacts from my computers google email account.

  7. robert smistik says:

    didn’t answer the question. we do all this and the contacts reappear!

  8. Charlene williams says:

    I have no contact opyiom or task option. So how do I delete old adresses noe?

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