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In Gmail, let's say I have 7 contacts in Group A and 9 contacts in Group B.

2 contacts are in both Group A and Group B.

Is there a way I can filter to get results of only the contacts that are in both groups?

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What you're looking for is the label: filter for the search bar.

It works on the mail/inbox section of GMail but apparently hasn't been implemented in contacts yet.

If it worked you'd narrow the results by typing the following into the search bar:

label:Group-A label:Group-B
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I have a workaround for this:

  • Create a new group called 'Search'
  • To add group A to your search
    • Click on group A
    • Select all contacts
    • Click on the Groups button
    • Check 'Search'
    • Click 'Apply'
  • To remove group B from your search:
    • Click on group B
    • Select all contacts
    • Click on the Groups button
    • Uncheck 'Search'
    • Click 'Apply'

With these basic operations you could achieve the desired functionality as follows:

  • Create AnotB, add A and remove B
  • Create BnotA, add B and remove A
  • Create Search and add A and B
  • Remove AnotB from Search
  • Remove BnotA from Search

And voila! your result using only 3 temporary groups and 8 group manipulations.

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