Ways To Delete Email Addresses From Gmail Autocomplete

If there’s one thing that I love about Gmail, it’s the autocomplete feature. The moment you start typing in the “To” field, it springs into action, pulling up a list of suggested email addresses based on your previous interactions.

However, as time goes by, this list can get cluttered with outdated or erroneous contacts, making the feature less handy and more of a nuisance. But worry not! As your fellow Gmail user, I’ve navigated this tricky terrain and found four handy methods to clear out the cobwebs from your Gmail autocomplete list.

1. Delete from the Gmail Interface

Delete email from the Gmail Interface (1)

The first and most straightforward method involves using the Gmail interface itself.

  1. Start by logging into your Gmail account.
  2. Type the first few letters of the unwanted email address into the “To” field.
  3. When the autocomplete list pops up, move your mouse over the email address you wish to remove. You’ll see a small “x” at the end of the address. Click on it, and voila! The email address is gone from your autocomplete list.

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2. Use the Google Contacts Manager

Use the Google Contacts Manager

If you want to be thorough and make sure the contact doesn’t resurface, it’s best to take a trip to the Google Contacts Manager.

  1. Go to the Google Contacts page by clicking on the Google Apps icon in your Gmail and then select “Contacts”.
  2. Search for the email address you want to remove and click on it to bring up the contact details.
  3. Click on the “More” button and then “Delete” to remove the contact.

This will ensure that the contact is completely wiped from your Google account and won’t pop up in autocomplete.


3. Clearing the Contact Cache

Clearing the Contact Cache in gmail

Sometimes, deleted contacts might still appear in autocomplete due to a stored cache. To clear this, you can use the Google Chrome browser’s Clear Browsing Data feature.

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three dots at the top right corner.
  2. Click on “More tools” and then “Clear browsing data.”
  3. Make sure “Cookies and other site data” is checked and then click “Clear data.”

Do remember, this action will log you out of most sites, so be prepared to sign back in!


4. Use Gmail’s “Other contacts” feature

Gmail’s “Other contacts” feature

Gmail has a feature known as “Other Contacts,” which houses email addresses you’ve interacted with but haven’t officially added to your contacts. Some of these might sneak into your autocomplete suggestions.

  1. Go to the “Other Contacts” page by clicking on the Google Apps icon and selecting “Contacts.”
  2. Under “Contacts” on the left sidebar, click on “Other Contacts.”
  3. Here, you can delete individual contacts or select multiple contacts and delete them in one fell swoop.

I’ve personally found the first method to be the quickest for dealing with a few pesky contacts, while the second method is more effective for a thorough cleanup. The third method is a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, but it’s useful if you’re seeing ghost contacts that refuse to disappear. Lastly, the “Other Contacts” feature is a great way to keep your autocomplete list fresh and relevant.


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