New Google Contact Manager 101 Guide

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With the constant advances of Google and Gmail’s new interface, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the updates. But don’t worry as we’re here to help!
One of the most recent updates of the Gmail interface includes the design of your Google Contact Manager. Since February 12th 2019 this interface has become permanent, so here’s a 101 guide on everything you need to know about the new Google Contact manager so you can start getting around it :)    

Finding your Google Contacts in the new Gmail Interface.

Before Gmail’s interface was changed all you had to do to find your contacts was to go to the left side menu and click where it said “Gmail” and then select the “Contacts” option.
Now, the left side menu has been removed and you must:
- Click at the right part of the App launcher icon () on the right part of your screen
- Click on “More
- Click where it says “Contacts

Can I have a quick link for my Google Contact Manager?

You can create a shortcut or make the launcher access faster. Drag to rearrange icons in the drawer, move the Contacts icon to wherever it makes sense for you.
Now, you can quickly access Contacts by opening the apps launcher, and then click on the “Contacts” button
Another way to have even a quicker access is by typing in a new tab, then save the page to you bookmarks bar or pin the tab!

Adding a new contact in Google Contact Manager

Adding your contacts is pretty simple:
- Open the Contacts app Contacts (as indicated above)
- Tap on the red circle with a  plus sign to add
- Enter the contact’s name and an email or phone number.
- To add a photo: Tap Edit photo Edit photo.
- To enter more information, like a street address or notes: Tap More fields.
- When you're finished, tap Save.

Editing an existing contact

In order to edit your contacts they must be added to your “My Contacts” folder, which has been relabelled as “Contacts” only.
So how to add a contact to your “Contacts” folder?
- Click on the contact you would like to add/edit
- Click on the icon to add the contact to your directory
Once you have done this, the pencil icon that allows you to edit the contact will appear!
Make your changes and click on “Save

Merging duplicates

- Make sure you added your contacts to the “Contacts” folder as indicated above.
- Once you have done that, go to “Contacts
- Then select your duplicates
- Click on the merge icon   to merge the 2 cards

Managing your contact groups

You can organize people and businesses in Contacts using “Labels”. This is the new name Google has given to your groups of contacts and looks pretty similar to those for your Gmail messages.  

Creating a new label

To create a new “label” for your contacts:
-Click where it says “Labels” to see all of your existing groups
-Then select “Create Label
-Type the name of your new group
-Click on “Save

Adding your contacts into labels

- Select the contacts you would like to group
- Click on the label icon at the top bar
- Select the label you want the contacts in

Restoring your contacts

If for any reason a contacts was accidentally deleted from your directory, you can restore it! In order to do it: - On the left side of your menu, click on “More” and then on “Undo changes”. - A pop-up window will appear.
- Select the lapse of time of your choice to revert changes, then click on “confirm” 

Notice that you can restore your contacts as many times as you need to, up until 30 days.

Sharing your Contacts

Although your Google Contact Manager does not allow you to share contact groups with other users, neither collaborate on any address book simultaneously,  there’s a app for that!
With Shared Contacts for Gmail® you’ll be able to share your contact groups with any Gmail or Google Apps user, just like you share a Google Doc or a Calendar, and it's 100% compatible with the new interface!
Click here to try it for free.

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1 comment:

  1. When I have a contact in a group that has more than 1 email in it right now I am able to click on the group and check the other email so both emails will receive anything that is sent. I do not see a way to do this in the new contacts.
    Can you let me know if there is a way to do this?
    Thank you
    Eric Smith