Google Contacts comes to the Gmail side panel for Workspace accounts

Google Contacts comes to the Gmail side panel for Workspace accounts

In Gmail, there’s a convenient side panel that features quick access to Calendar, Keep, and Tasks — all features that help keep users organized and productive. Moving forward, Google is planning to add Contacts to the side panel, making it easier than ever to know exactly who you’re speaking with.

Google said there will be a new Contacts icon just below Tasks. Once you click on it, you’ll see everything from contact information to whether you’ve emailed them before. You can also quickly add people to your contacts right from the side panel.

The feature expands upon the information you can already view when hovering over a person’s name in Gmail. For large teams, seeing Contacts in the side panel will also show what team a person is on, who they manage, and even what desk they sit at. This ostensibly makes it easier to collaborate when working on projects.

“We hope this feature makes collaboration and connecting with key stakeholders easier,” Google said in a blog post.

To best maximize the feature, users should have data fully populated across Google Workspace apps. Contacts in the Gmail side panel is rolling out today and should be available to all Workspace users over the next few weeks.

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.