When Gmail autocompletes a recepient's email it goes something like: "John Stewart" <john@stewart.net>,.

Can I force Gmail to remove the name (John Stewart) and leave only the email? And manually deleting the name is not a solution here, because it's manual and error-prone.

For example: <john@stewart.net>,

If possible I would like Gmail to be able to find the email based on the name. So searching should utilize the name, but the recepient shouldn't see how I named him.


The only way of doing this would be to "Name" your contact with the email address.

For example, in the example you have provided, your Contact would look like:

Name: john@stewart.net
Email: john@stewart.net

(I tried it just now and this method seems to work for me)

  • Yeah, I know that works, but then if in my contacts I have John Stewart as "Z John Stewart I know him from Silvia, he's a mechanic", then sending an email to him, will reveal all that extra info.
    – mist
    Sep 6 '13 at 11:31
  • And, yes, I know there are extra fields for that, but I sync an iPhone with a google account, so either those fields are lost, or search functionality doesn't work on them.
    – mist
    Sep 6 '13 at 11:32
  • @mist, are you saying the "sync an iPhone" can't handle syncing the "Notes" field of a google contact?
    – joyjit
    Sep 10 '13 at 18:54
  • It can, but I want the name to have the extra info, otherwise I will be lost in my contacts.
    – mist
    Sep 11 '13 at 0:36

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