Android: Create Contact Groups

I own a Motorola Droid smartphone that runs Android OS. It seems there are quite a few people wondering how to create groups for contacts. The manual for most Android phones references this, but doesn’t tell you how to do it.

Well, it looks like there really isn’t a way to do it on the phone. You will have to bring up a Browser (either on your computer or the device) and perform these steps:

1. Login to Gmail.

2. Click Contacts.

3. Click the plus sign with the two heads to create a group.


4. Give the group a name and click OK.

You can add Contacts to groups individually by clicking on the contact, then clicking the Groups button.

Add Contact to Group


  1. suresh j says

    My requirement is, a person could be in the friends group. I wanted the same person to be in other group (Ugadi) also. So that on the day of Ugadi I can select this Ugadi group and send a group message. But still i need that person in friends group. What is the way out for this? can anyone guide me? I have an Android Mobile Karbonn A9.

  2. Anonymous says

    Well, for a long time, I was looking for an application that allows me to manage my google contacts & google groups directly from my android device. Now that I’ve discovered that precious application, I think it’s worth sharing it with you :)
    It is called “Group Manager” and is available on the android market

    I was happily surprised by the quality of the application, so simple, so beautiful & so usefull. A big thanks to the developer for that !!!

  3. Rick says

    This is a brilliant suggestion, works, thanks! Too bad Google hasn’t incorporated Contract Groups functionality into their mobile apps by now!

  4. Robert Nyamboji says

    It seems I have failed to find or create group contacts on my Videos tools phone which is frastrating me what should I do? Is it that this phone is not user friendly?

  5. David Saylor says

    I found a way to create email groups and send to them on the android gmail program.

    1. Create a new “regular” contact and give it a name like “New Project Group” etc.
    2. On an email line add the first email, ending with the right arrow (>). Then put the comma and a space and start the second email with a left arrow (). Do this until the last email and leave the last right arrow off. Then when you create an email from this “group” the email program supplies the first and last arrow and it works!
    3. The line looks like this>, , , <
    4. Warning: You must begin from the gmail app and call up this group for it to format properly. If you start from within the contact list, and click the "email" icon, it doesn't work. (Of the two choice, I'm glad starting from the email app is the one that works!)

    Note: If you are creating multiple groups to use, I found it easier to create the groups on my laptop in the regular gmail program, rather than on my tablet, but both work.

  6. khalil shakir says

    You just go to contacts and hit the button that brings up the screen where it says display groups and add contacts. You hit create new group and you put he contacts in there and name your group. The only thing is that the numbers have to be in your phone as mobile numbers, even if it is a mobile number and you have it saved under home or work. it has to be under mobile or it will not allow you to send a text message. It will add them to the group but not even show them when you try to send the message. For instance it will say 3/7 if 4 of them are not listed as mobile numbers. I just did it so it does work.

  7. lagy says

    I add groups in gmail on my desktop. While the contacts are automatically synced with my Android X, the groups do not show. Any solution?

  8. jonathan weinman says

    interesting, when I got my samsung intercept I was able to create groups for text messages, very important to me for work. Then I got a message to update my phone. I did so, but I lost the following: memo pad (and the notes I had created), contacts that had been assigned to a group, and the ability to create groups. Why? I haven’t been able to find any messages from users that had the group function when they bought their phones then lost it when they did an update. Any thoughts?

  9. Mike says

    The number 3 response does solve the issue. It’s very easy and straight forward and does exactly what I had hoped for. Thanks for the help.

  10. David G says

    Presumably my contacts and not on the phone because “edit” does not bring up groups.

    I’d tried,”import contacts from SIM”, but it didn’t make any difference.

    How can I get my contacts on to the phone?

  11. Clark Bullen says

    thats great info but I would also like to select several pictures and email those to a group. Any thoughts on how to accomplish this?

  12. Bill says

    The above is correct (creating groups) but there are a few additional points. You must start by selecting the “silver surfer” looking dude in the lower rt corner of the screen, then press the options button (the one with 4 boxes on it) in order to get you where you want to be. Then select “display group” and from there it’s pretty intuitive.

    When selecting from the contact list you must make sure that numbers are designated as “mobile” numbers and not “home” or “others”. The contact will still be on the list but that person will not recieve the text.

  13. Chris H says

    While playing with a family member’s Droid X I was asked to figure out how to text to a group. It definitely wasn’t straight forward how to do it, so I Googled for help and found this post. I created a group in gmail but for some reason couldn’t get it to sync to the phone. So I kept playing with it and finally got it to work, all from the phone. I’m not sure if this is the best or easiest way, but here’s what I did…
    On the phone, go to “Contacts”.
    Tap the menu bar near the top. Mine says “Contacts:All Contacts”.
    Tap “+Create new group”.
    Give the group a name, add members to the group, tap “Save”.
    I then looked for my group in the contacts list but didn’t see it. So I tapped the menu bar again and the group was listed in the menu. I tapped the group name and it showed the group members. I then tapped an icon, in the top menu bar, that looks like a pencil and paper and it gives the option to “Text group” or “Email group”. Still not very straight forward, but at least it can be done. Hope this helps.
    Btw…you can also access the group while composing a new text message. On the Droid X, you click the add contact icon in the “To:” box which displays “All contacts”. Tap the menu bar and select the group name. But in here, I think you still have to select each member of the group and checkmark each one to select the members to receive the text. I think it’s easier the way I described above, but I’m thinking there still has to be even a quicker and easier way to text to a group.

  14. mkbane says

    you can do it on the phone, without accessing gMail or using a web browser, just ensure all contacts are phone not sim.

  15. Johnv says

    Yes. The question is how to create groups inside android not on gmail(Many people won’t like to sync with gmail for security reason). if the android can not do it, that means android is sucks on grouping contacts. hopeful there is a third part software who can do it.

  16. Eric says

    I use free app called Contacts GroupU that is very easy to use and will sync with your gmail account. I would rather, obviously have the groups inside of gmail, but this will work.

  17. Matt Dee says

    All you have to do is follow the steps above. Then afterward on your phone go into your settings menu/account settings and make sure you’re syncing up with your google account. You won’t be able to see the groups in your dialer screen though you can through your sms application. Google really dropped the ball on this organizing feature.

  18. Mel says

    There are apps. A lot of them at the beginning cost money and i am scared to purchase them because im not sure how they will work but i downloaded a free one that allows you to create groups and block calls and texts and stuff. i dont know what all it does but it works in creating groups that you can create a group message but it doesnt organize it in your contacts list. you have to go to this app every time. it is called NetQin Mobile Manager

  19. Simon Ladaa says

    It worked, I add groups and manage contacts in Gmail account, and once I sync with my phone I get the contacts in my phone too.

    Now I can’t see the groups in my contact list so that I select and then text them!

  20. TH says

    The only thing this changes is how your contacts are organized in Gmail and some other Google services. But it has nothing to do with Android.

    As you can see from the link at the beginning of the article where people are asking about creating groups in Android, they already know how to create groups in Gmail.

    This doesn’t solve the problem it says it does.

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