When Gmail autocompletes a recepient's email it goes something like: "John Stewart" <[email protected]>,.

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: <[email protected]>,

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.


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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: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

(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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 0:36

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