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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

SideNote: The label: filter is also used in Google Bookmarks for the same purpose so there is some consistency between apps, it just seems stupid that Google would forget to implement the functionality in Contacts. They must be too busy implementing search on contact field contents.

Apparently re-implementing a functionality that already exists in at least two other apps is too easy and therefore not worth doing./sarcasm

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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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