How to Quickly Add Someone to Your Contacts From Mail (macOS)

This short-but-sweet tutorial will show you how to quickly add someone to the Contacts app from directly within the Mail app on your Mac.

  1. When you hover your cursor over the name of the person who sent you an email, that name will become ‘highlighted’ and a small arrow will appear. Note: this also works for phone numbers found within the email itself, although those have a small dotted line around them rather than a highlight color.
  2. the Name field of an email in Mail for macOS

  3. Click the name and select Add to Contacts from the drop-down list.
  4. the Add to Contacts item in the Mail context menu

  5. Now launch Contacts, and that contact will be there. Depending on your macOS settings, you may also have ‘suggestions from Siri’. You can choose to include these in the newly created Contacts entry or not.
  6. a newly created Contacts entry


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3 thoughts on “How to Quickly Add Someone to Your Contacts From Mail (macOS)”

  1. Every time I do this, it reverses the first and last names so that they are in the wrong fields. Anyone know how to fix this?

  2. I am trying to do this, and when I click “add to address book,” the window disappears but the contact is never actually added my address book…it simply disappears. Using OS 10.6.1

    Any thoughts on how to fix this?

  3. when I select add to existing contact it always brings up my personal details and not the address book to choose one from – does anyone know how to fix this?

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