Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

After I exported my Gmail Contacts to a .csv file and reimported them back, I got the “alien” contacts as in the below screenshot—they have no name and something related to Google+.

How can I remove all of those automatically?

enter image description here

enter image description here

Check the exported .csv file we can see that there are entries of these "alien" ones as below snapshot.

enter image description here

share|improve this question
These are probably contacts that you sent some email to at some point and you knew only the email address, so they have been automatically added to your Other Contacts. But I have no idea how to remove them all at once. – Alex Aug 28 '13 at 6:54
I don't think it relates to email since there is no email in the contact detail – Nam G VU Aug 28 '13 at 7:05
That’s strange; and you don’t see them in the CVS file? – Alex Aug 28 '13 at 7:12
Is CVS really the filetype and not CSV? – batpigandme Aug 28 '13 at 14:06
Those are probably people that you had once Circled in Google+ and then later unCircled. It used to be that doing so would leave behind remnants in your contacts, although that no longer happens. As for getting rid of them, can you merge them? – Al E. Aug 28 '13 at 16:21

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.