How to Create a Contact from an Email Message on Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to build up your Android phone’s address book is to create a contact from an email message. Follow these general steps when you receive a message from someone not already in the phone’s address book:

  1. View the email message.

    You can’t add a contact from the inbox; tap the message to view its contents.

  2. Tap the icon by the sender’s name or tap the name itself.

    The Gmail app uses a letter icon for unknown contacts. The Email app may show a generic human icon, in which case tap that icon. Otherwise, tap the name itself.

  3. Tap the OK button to create the new contact. Or, if prompted, choose the option to create a new contact.

    You might also see an option to update an existing contact. If so, choose that contact from the list.

  4. Add information about the new contact.

    The contact’s email address is provided automatically. For updating an existing contact, the email address is added to their information.

  5. Save or update the contact.

    Tap the Save or Done button.

If you create a new contact, double-check the name. It might be added improperly, using the contact’s email address or a name you don’t normally associate with that contact.