Gmail makes it easier to organize your mail with starred contacts

January 16, 2014
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It’s a small change, but users that struggle to keep their inboxes under control will appreciate it. Gmail now lets you star contacts as favorites and sync them between the web and Android.

To mark a contact as favorite on the web, click on the Gmail dropdown on the left, pick your contact and simply click on the star next to their name. On the Android app, you can do that by opening up a message from the contact you want to star and clicking on their picture. You can also do it from the People app, which now has a special Starred group.

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Because the starred/favorites sync between Android and the web, you can better keep track of your important contacts and highlight their messages in your inbox. Previously, you could only favorite conversations and access them from the Starred group.

It’s true that contact management on Gmail isn’t exactly intuitive, but it’s good that Google is working on adding new features. Last week, the company made waves (mostly unwarranted) with a new feature that lets you send emails directly to your Google Plus contacts without requiring an email address.

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