what you need to know
- Google appears to be adding filter chips to Google Contacts.
- The filtering options are similar to those introduced in Gmail last year.
- The new search function appears to be part of an A/B test for the time being as it is not available across the board.
Trying to find a specific contact in Google Contacts can be tricky, especially if you keep a long list of people in your phone book, but new evidence suggests Google may solve this situation in the future.
According to Android Police (opens in new tab), Google Contacts is getting an update that includes chip filters to help you sort your contacts. The new feature appears to be rolling out as part of an A/B test, with only a handful of users currently seeing it.
As it becomes more widely available, you can narrow your search to phone contacts, email contacts, or companies. The third filter is useful when you want to search for someone whose name you don’t remember but know their company.
You should be able to do the same with the phone and email contact filters. The chips appear under the search bar when you start searching for a specific contact.
If this sounds familiar, that’s because Google rolled out the same search feature to Gmail on the web in 2020 as it did to Android phones last year. Contact chips are oval in shape, similar to those found in Gmail for Android and on the web. The same feature is also available on Google Drive.
However, contacts have fewer chips than the mobile and web versions of Gmail. But it’s certain that Google will add more filtering options once this is released to the public.
It’s still unclear when this new feature will be generally available. Android Central has reached out to Google and will update this article once we receive a response.