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Introducing Contact Groups, an easy way to reach more people in Proton Mail

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Ever coordinated a social event, a parents group, or a team of colleagues at work? For those moments when you want everyone on the same page, you want a feature like Contact Groups to help you stay organized. Today we’re happy to announce Contact Groups as part of Proton Mail version 3.15(new window).

Contact Groups is a feature for paid users that allows you to create and name groups, add and remove contacts from your groups, and quickly send emails to everyone in a group.

You can create and edit your groups from the web within the Contact Group section

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… or from the contact details view, where you can assign the selected contact address to a group. You can add up to 100 contacts in a Contact Group.

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When you want to send an email to a Contact Group, just open your Composer and start typing the name of the group in the “To” field. It will appear as a suggestion. Then click on the group, or press the “Tab” or “Enter” keys.

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If you then decide to remove one or more users from the group, you can do so right from the Composer by clicking or tapping on the group. From there, a window will pop up showing the members of the group, where you can deselect those you wish to remove.

Note: Any contacts you deselect in the Composer will not receive the current email but will remain in the group.

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From that same popup window, you can check whether emails to a Contact Group are encrypted and/or signed, depending on the lock icon that appears next to the email address. Contacts not using end-to-end encryption(new window) will not have a lock next to their email address.

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A final thing to note: If you create Contact Groups as a paid user and subsequently downgrade your account to free, you will still be able to see your groups. But you will not be able to edit them, send messages to them, or create new ones. (Unless you upgrade(new window) again.)

Contact Groups is one more way we’re making email privacy and email productivity go hand in hand.

Thank you for your support as we work to develop new features and bring online privacy and security to more people around the world.

Best Regards,
The Proton Mail Team 

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Ben Wolford(new window)

Ben Wolford is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in major newspapers and magazines around the world. Ben joined Proton in 2018 to help to explain technical concepts in privacy and make Proton products easy to use.

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