On an Android (6.0), how can I archive old Google contacts where they do not show up in my contacts but they are listed in either:

  • the google contacts website under other contacts

  • archived in another app/cloud storage securely.

Ideally moving them from the archive to my contacts list would be doable from a mobile app, or the archive service would have a mobile website where they are accessible.

To clarify: I don't want to delete them forever or be inaccessible on mobile.


Just with one account also you can achieve this.

  1. In contacts app, go to menu and create a new label like "Archive"
  2. Tap on label and add contacts.
  3. From menu go to settings, and in "contacts to display" select customized, and expand your google account, now here all labels will be shown. Select all labels except Archive.

Now contacts moved to Archive label will not be shown in list.

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    Good idea. I never thought of this! – Justin Goldberg Dec 30 '18 at 5:45
  • I wish you had a similar answer for bookmarks. Those old bookmarks are cluttering up my Android chrome. – Justin Goldberg Apr 15 '19 at 3:01
  • For bookmarks in Android chrome, we only have folder segregation. Edit bookmarks and move to separate bookmark folders to avoid cluttering up. – Karthik Kumar Apr 16 '19 at 15:11

I have found one solution: have multiple accounts, your primary and backup/archive. Use the new Google contacts app to bulk select and move the contacts to the archive account. Then set either contacts app, either the stock app or the new cloud one, to only show the primary contacts. But Karthiks answer above is better.

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  • I like this one more than the other; moving old contacts to a separate archive account and then removing the archive account makes it easy to prevent messengers such as WhatsApp from uploading the old, archived contacts. – Ivan Vučica Jun 4 at 13:53

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