Future Gmail Option: Disable Auto-Adding Contacts

Google’s video that introduces the new Gmail ads shows another option that’s not yet available outside Google. In the near future you’ll be able to disable a feature that’s often useful and sometimes annoying: automatically creating contacts when you send a message.

At the moment, “email addresses are automatically added to your Contacts list each time you use the Reply, Reply to all, or Forward functions to send messages to addresses not previously stored in your Contacts list,” according to Gmail’s help center. Gmail also adds the email addresses used when you compose a message.

The new option will allow you to disable this feature, but Google’s description is strange: “Create contacts (sets whether sending or receiving a message can create a new contact).” Right now, Gmail doesn’t automatically create contacts when you receive new messages. You need to reply to the messages first.

Here’s the video (you can fast forward to 1:14 min).

{ Thanks, Fran├žois. }