In some paid editIons some of Google Workspace, a user can delegate full access to her/his contacts. It does not offer all the unlimited possibilities of our shared contacts manager, but it can be enough if you want an assistant to enter contacts on your behalf in your Google address book.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
You can find the quick access from the Google launcher in Gmail or from this URL : contacts.google.com
You will find this icon next to the Google search bar.
You can select only individual, but not groups of users. To share Google Contacts with a groups of users, check this tutorial.
You cannot either delegate access to people outside of or your domain either. To share Google Contacts with users outside of your own domain, please check this tutorial.
Once you are happy with your selection, write a personnalized message in the text box and click on the “Send” button to validate your choice.
Add delegates to your Google Contacts by clicking “Invite Delegates” or Remove delegates by clicking on the cross.
The delegation feature by Google is not really for sharing Google Contacts, but more to give access to your Google contacts to someone you entrust to manage contact details like phone, address etc.
Typically, it is used for admin assistants to enter business cards into the system of their supervisor.
However, the delegate can not really use the contacts for their own use, and this for the following reasons:
If you need to share Google Contacts for people who will actually use these contacts, you may want to follow that tutorial on how shared contacts manager.