While Gmail does have some fuzzy intelligence with categorizing/flagging email when the sender address is in your contacts, is it possible to create a rule that explicitly performs some action of your choosing for any incoming mail where the sender's address is in Contacts? (Bonus: I want to also differentiate between contacts I manually enter vs the "auto-created contacts" that appear there.)

Simple example: I want to create a label called "From Contacts" and have a rule that applies said label to any incoming mail where the sender's email (or reply-to, if possible) is one of any of the addresses in my Gmail Contacts. Is this possible using Gmail's rules tool?

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This would be possible, but it would require adding/specifying each contact manually to the filter which will assign the label to the received emails.

As for the differentiation between auto-added contacts and "created by you" contacts... this would be purely up to your tracking skills.

  • So what you're saying is that there is no function in GMail that determines whether an email address is in your Contacts, yes?
    – Darf Nader
    May 17, 2019 at 20:37
  • @DarfNader yes indeed.
    – user0
    May 17, 2019 at 20:46
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    Thanks. Bad news is still better than no news.
    – Darf Nader
    May 17, 2019 at 21:02

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