I've turned on the new Gmail, and now notice that my Contacts button has disappeared. It used to be above Compose. Does anyone know where it has gone to?

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    Do you mean the button that just opens the contacts page/site? May 14, 2018 at 15:49
  • Yes, it is. I know how to get to the page as described but I thought I was going blind and missing the link from Gmail. I believe contacts are getting a big overhaul, I guess this is somehow linked to that. Thanks for the help. May 15, 2018 at 19:09

4 Answers 4

  1. Click 9 dots top right (Google apps)
  2. If you don't see "Contacts", click "More"
  3. You can change the place of "Contants" on this dropdown by draging the icon

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Google decided to remove the contacts link because not many users used it. However, as others said, you can just click on the 9 dots or just go to contacts.google.com. If you want to, you can just bookmark Google Contacts and configure your browser to show the bookmarks bar so you can access it easily.

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    It also means that contacts has become an independent app in it's own right, instead of being a Gmail feature. There are implementation biances between GSuite contacts and consumer account contacts but the apps look largely the same.
    – hlecuanda
    May 18, 2018 at 1:51
  • Something terrible is that when we click Send email from Contacts app it opens a pop-up window instead of just opening inline...
    – brasofilo
    Jun 14, 2018 at 6:31

The keyboard shortcuts with the old and new Gmail are the same, so if you have keyboard shortcuts enabled (Settings > General > Keyboard shortcuts) you can simply hit g then c to access your contacts. (g then i to go back to your Inbox.)


For now, it's possible to simply go to the hash #contacts (https://mail.google.com/mail/#contacts) and it will load the old contacts manager integrated in Gmail.

Here's a simple to speed the things up:

javascript: (function() { location.hash = '#contacts'; })();

And here a userscript that adds a button to the top:

// ==UserScript==
// @name         Gmail Contacts button
// @description  https://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/119794/22453
// @namespace    gmail_
// @version      0.1
// @match        https://mail.google.com/mail/*
// @require      https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.1.1/jquery.min.js
// @grant        none
// ==/UserScript==

(function() {
    'use strict';
    var it = setInterval(function(){
        if( $('div[role=banner]').length > 0 ) {
            $('div[role=banner]').find('div[id=gbwa]').parent().prepend('<button id="contactsDamit" value="yes" style="border:0;border-radius:3px;margin-left:2em;background-color: lightblue;font-size: 12px;font-weight: bold;color: darkslateblue;outline:0">contacts</button>');
                if( $(this).val() === 'yes' ){
                    location.hash = '#contacts';
                } else {
                    location.hash = '#inbox';

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