Delegating Google Contacts to Someone Else

You can give another Stony Brook University Google Account access to your mail and/or contacts.

This KB Article References: Google Contacts
This Information is Intended for: Instructors, Staff, Students
Created: 09/07/2012 Last Updated: 09/30/2020

You can give someone access to your contacts (you can't delegate access to your contact groups) to give them access to view, add, and edit your contacts. That person would then view the delegated contacts in a separate section of their contacts. Learn more

You can only delegate access to contacts to someone else with a Stony Brook University Google Account.

Delegate Contacts

Access contacts delegated to you

Delegate Contacts

  1. Sign into Contacts at
  2. Near the top right, click the gear and select Delegate access 
    gear > delegate access
  3. Click Invite delegate
    invite delegate
  4. In the Invite delegate box, enter the email address(es) of the user(s) you'd like to delegate your contacts to (you can enter up to 25), at the bottom add a message, and click Send (the delegate will get an email notifiying them)
    add invitees' email addresses, add a message, click Send
  5. Your delegate(s) will display. Click Done
    list of delegates and Done

Access Contacts Delegated to You

  1. When Google Contacts have been delegated to you, you'll receive an email notifying you
    email notification about delegated contacts
  2. Click Open in the email or sign into your contacts at 
  3. On the left, you'll see Delegated Contacts with the name of the contacts' owner (e.g., From Nichole Gladky). Click a contact owner's name to view his/her contacts.
    delegated contacts > From Nichole Gladky
  4. While the contact owner's name (e.g., From Nichole Gladky) is selected, changes you make, by adding or editing contacts, apply to their contacts, not yours.

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