It feels like there are a thousand ways to find the information you need these days, but folks set in their workflow may rely on at most one or two of them to get the job done. Unfortunately for fans of “basic” search, we recently lost a pretty useful one: Contacts no longer appear in autocomplete when searching via the Google app or Search widget.
We don’t know precisely when the feature was removed, though Google actually made a formal announcement of the change in its community help pages/support forums around two months back. Unfortunately, the medium chosen made the company’s acknowledgment of the change mostly silent. Depending on how it was disabled, the feature may have also persisted for some past that point — Google slowly rolls out these sorts of changes.
No results (left) for contacts associated with your account (middle) searching from the Google Widget or Google app. They’ll still appear in actual search results (right), though. Below is how they used to appear in autocomplete.
As a result of the change, the “from your contacts” shortcuts no longer appear in autocomplete when searching via the Search widget or Google app. Though contact details will still appear when you actually submit the search in your personal results, they require an internet connection to work, may integrate with fewer apps, are slower, and you may have to scroll a little to find them. (I.e., results from your contacts are still there if you actually make the search, they…