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

ProtonMail’s new Contact Groups feature makes it simple to organize your contacts and send emails to dozens of contacts at once.

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 ProtonMail version 3.15.

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

… 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.

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.

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.

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 will not have a lock next to their email address.

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 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 ProtonMail Team 

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About the Author

Ben Wolford

A journalist by training, Ben has reported and covered stories around the world. In 2014, he founded a magazine, Latterly, devoted to international reporting on human rights. He joined ProtonMail to help lead the fight for data privacy.

 

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