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How to Delete Email Address from Gmail Auto-Complete List



Gmail’s auto-complete list feature is helpful if you don’t want to type the entire email address of the regular recipients when sending an email. It saves you time and effort, not to mention the convenience of Gmail completing the address for you.

But, for some users, it does not help at all. You may not want to associate yourself with a few email addresses on your autofill list. There are times when you still have the old/outdated or invalid addresses of recipients. Your recipients might already be using a new email as their primary contact point. Having both the old and the new addresses stored in your Gmail auto-complete list memory will only result in confusion and potential mistake.

The best thing you can do is clean up and delete some of the invalid email addresses from your Gmail auto-complete or autofill list. That way, you will no longer see them when Gmail automatically fills up the recipient field of an email address from your contacts.

How to Remove Email Addresses from Gmail Auto-Complete or Autofill List

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The steps to delete email addresses from Gmail auto-complete list takes only a few clicks on your Gmail account. Make sure you log in to your Google account first.

  • On your browser, go to https://contacts.google.com.
  • On the search bar on top, type the name or email address of the contact you want to remove.
  • Click the contact’s name or email address.
  • On the upper right corner, click the three-dotted icon.
  • Select Delete.
  • Click Delete to confirm.

How to Disable Gmail Auto-Complete List or Stop Autofill Feature

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If you don’t want Gmail to autofill the recipient field with email addresses from your contact list, you can turn off and disable the feature completely.

  • Launch Gmail on your device.
  • On the upper right corner, click the Gear icon.
  • Click See all Settings.
  • Scroll down the Settings page and look for Create contacts for auto-complete section.
  • Now, select I’ll add contacts myself. It will disable the autofill.
  • Scroll down at the bottom and click Save Changes.

Which do you prefer? Having the Gmail autofill feature enabled or disabled? Do tell us what you think in the comments section below.


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  1. Did I miss it? I deleted the invalid email from the contact but it sill pops up to autofill when I start an email to that person. I don’t want to disable autocomplete and I don’t want to delete the contact. How do I delete the now invalid email from Gmail autocomplete?

  2. followed directions and still have emails popping up!
    EVERY customer service I ever emailed, friends who have died..can’t
    get rid of their email address!


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