When composing an email to certain addresses in Gmail, it suggests more addresses to add. How can I prevent a specific email address from being suggested?
I can remove the offending email address from all contacts (including "other contacts") and this will prevent the "person" being suggested. However, it will still suggest the "email address" only (from a "non-contact" - when hovering over this email address there is the option to "Add to contacts") - presumably because there are past emails where this email address is included. (I don't want to delete these emails.)
This Google Community thread from 2019/20 is asking the same question, without a solution:
Failing that, how can I prevent Gmail from suggesting any emails to "Add" to the recipient list.
I've tried toggling the following "smart" features in Gmail "general" settings, but none seem to affect this "Add email suggestion" feature:
- Smart Compose / Writing suggestions
- Smart Compose personalisation
- Nudges: Suggest emails to reply to
- Smart Reply
UPDATE: To be clear, this is not related to the "auto-complete" email addresses in the "To", "Cc" and "Bcc" fields as discussed in this question. That is relatively trivial to block (in 2023) by simply deleting the contact (or the email address for that contact).
What I'm asking about here is the feature where Gmail suggests additional recipients to "Add" when composing a group email. Nothing is "typed" or auto-completed.
The email address that is suggested to "Add" to the email does not necessarily exist in your contacts, it appears to be determined purely from past email interactions. Sometimes more than one email (or contact) is suggested in the "Add" line.
Another issue with this "Add" feature is that since it is determined from (dim and distant) past emails, it can suggest "old" (out of date) email addresses to "Add" when you might already have updated that contact's new email address within your Google Contacts!