Yesterday I told you about the Contacts app for Gmail and how to download and install on your phone. You can click here to read that article.

Today, we’ll get acquainted with how it works.  You can open by tapping the Contacts icon.

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Or by tapping the three-line menu icon at the top left of your Gmail inbox.

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And scrolling down to the bottom of the panel that pops out to choose Contacts.

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Here’s what the app looks like when it opens. Your contacts will be listed in alphabetical order. If you’ve added contacts to Gmail using a browser, they will be visible here. To search for contacts, just click in the Search contacts window and start typing. To add a contact, click the big plus symbol at the bottom right corner of the screen.

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This window will open.

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If you have more than one Gmail account on the phone you can click the Save to field at the top to decide which account the contact goes to. You also have the option of adding a picture for your contact.

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Below that, you can type in the name, email, and phone information.

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Then hit Save in the upper-left corner of the screen.

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Tap the three-line menu icon at the top left to see more options.

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You’ll be able to see suggested contacts if you choose and also to create labels (which are pretty much the same thing as folders) for specific groups of contacts.  They could be for work, family, church, fantasy football, or any other group you might want to put together. To create a new label, just tap on Create label.

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Then name the label and tap OK.

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One neat thing you can do if you have a label is to send an email to everyone that’s listed under that label. Just select the label.

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When it opens, click the three-dot menu icon at the top right.

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Then choose Send email. Don’t tap Send message unless you want to send a text.

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To select a contact, just press and hold until you see a blue checkmark. Hit the three-dot menu icon at the top right for options to Select all or add to a label.

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Tomorrow, we’ll look at more ways to use contacts.