Creating a Personal Contact Group

You can create personal contact groups to make it easier for you to communicate with groups of people. However, depending on your needs, you might also consider listserve or Google Groups.

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Last Updated: March 22, 2017

If you need to frequently email a group of people, you can make a personal contact group. Then instead of entering each person's email address in the To field of an email message, for example, you simply enter the contact group's name and all the members of that group are automatically added to the email.

Other Options To Consider

There are limitations to how many people you can email at a time, in a day, etc., so for large email distribution lists, you may want to consider a listserv or Google Group email list. In addition, if more than one person needs to use the contact group, a Google Group email list may be a better option than a personal contact group.  

Create a Personal Contact Group

  1. Go to Google Contacts at
  2. In the list on the left near the bottom, click New Group...
  3. Type your group name and click OK and you will see your new group in the list on the left

Add Contacts to a Contact Group

  1. Go to Google Contacts at
  2. In the search bar at the top, enter the name of a person you'd like to add to the group and click the blue magnifying glass button
  3. Click the groups button  and select the group you'd like to add the person to (if the groups button doesn't appear, first select the checkbox to the left of the person's name)

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