In the past, people rarely changed email addresses. Nowadays people change jobs and have many email addresses. Some email programs don’t want to get rid of old addresses. This can lead to self-completion problems. Here’s what happened to a Gmail user. The user accidentally sent an e-mail to a colleague’s old work address. I’ll skip the awkward moments and show you how to fix Gmail’s auto-completion malfunction.
Google Chrome’s ability in Gmail to auto-complete features, payment methods, and addresses make web browsing much easier. But what happens if Gmail stops doing it? Automatic messages may not appear on some sites or everywhere you go, which is very depressing. So, in this article, we’re going to look at how to solve the problem of chrome autofill not working.
Several factors can contribute to Gmail’s autofill feature not working on your desktop or cell phone. Faulty versions of Chrome, improperly configured autofill settings, corrupt user profiles, etc. – all of these can make the problem worse.
Gmail’s autocompleting feature allows users to select email addresses when they start typing something in the “To” field. Users can then select an email address from a list of suggested contacts. However, this handy feature may not always work for some users.
Why Gmail’s autocompleting feature doesn’t work
- Part of the problem is that Google, like many other email programs, notices to whom you’ve sent an email. Suppose you enter an address in the “To:” field, Gmail saves that information in your Google contacts. Google automatically adds the entry for email@example.com to my contacts as soon as you click the “Send” button.
- In general, Chrome is a relatively stable web browser, but it has its share of bugs. Therefore, the best way to fix this problem is to update your browser.
- Newer versions of Chrome fix known issues and can help fix self-completion, especially if a buggy instance of Chrome has caused it to stop working.
- A corrupt user profile can also prevent Chrome from automatically populating your data. To fix the problem, you need to create a new profile from scratch. If you perform the following steps, you will lose all your locally saved data. So be sure to check your Chrome Sync settings and back up all types of data to Google’s servers before you start.
To fix Gmail autocomplete problem, follow these steps
Opening Gmail on a different browser
In some cases, auto-entry doesn’t work because of issues with your browser. In these cases, try using Gmail with a different browser.
Because of this, we recommend that you use a third-party browser, which can certainly enhance your workflow with many useful features. Switching from your current browser to Opera is easy and only takes a few minutes.
After installing the browser using the button below, you can import site settings and bookmarks with a single click and you’re ready to use Gmail.
The auto-fill option allows you to automatically fill out the most common online forms, such as addresses, credit card information, or other frequently used details.
To enable auto-fill :
- Go to Settings.
- On the left sidebar, click “Advanced”, then “Privacy and Security”.
- Under AutoFill, select the category of interest (passwords, payment methods, addresses, etc.).
- Activate the “Save and fill in” option.
Set up Gmail to automatically add contacts to automatically fill in
- Open Gmail.
- Tap Settings and select Settings again from the menu to open the General tab.
- Scroll down to Create contacts to auto-complete.
- Select the When I send a message to a new person, add them to the list of other contacts so I can auto-complete them next time.
- Click Save Changes to apply the new settings. Gmail will now automatically add suggested contacts for auto-completion.
Adding contacts to Gmail
- Open https://contacts.google.com in your browser.
- Then click the Create Contact option.
- Enter your contact information in the “Create New Contact” box that appears directly below it.
- Click Save. The contacts you added when you entered your email address in the To field are automatically typed in.
This workaround applies to users who leave the “I’ll add contacts myself” option selected. You need to manually add contacts to their contact lists so that registration is automatic and email addresses are suggested.
Open Gmail in incognito mode from Chrome
Some Chrome users have reported that they’ve fixed the autocomplete problem by enabling incognito mode in Chrome.
To do this, click the Configure Google Chrome button. Then select the New incognito window option.
- Type chrome://settings/ in the URL bar and press Enter.
- On the Settings tab, scroll down and click Advanced.
- Scroll down again and select Restore Defaults. Then click Reset Settings to confirm.
Deleting Gmail accounts on Apple devices
Users who use their Gmail accounts on Apple devices may need to delete those accounts from their iPad or iPhone to fix autocompletion.
Users can do this on iPad version 10.3 or earlier by going to Settings -> Mail and selecting the Gmail account you want to delete. Then select the Delete account option.
The above solutions correctly autocomplete Gmail for some users. Note that Gmail autocompletion has had bugs in the past, so in some cases, users will have to wait for Google to fix the autocompletion issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
If Autofill does not solve the problem, clear the navigation data by pressing Shift, Ctrl, and Del at the same time. Confirm and press "Delete Data." Log out of your Google account and close the browser. Restart the device you are using and log in to your account.
- On your computer, go to the Gmail settings.
- Under "Create contacts for auto-capture," select an option.
- Click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page.
You've probably turned off this setting so that Gmail can't add anyone to your contacts. When you enter an address into the "To," "With," or "Bcc" field of the message you're creating, Gmail suggests addresses from your contact list. If Gmail doesn't suggest the address you want, just keep typing.
- Under "Autocomplete", click the button next to "Save form-data" in the "on" position.
- Once you fill out the form, this information will be saved the next time you enter your address or log in to your account.