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Block Email Addresses

Nowadays, email is one of the most powerful tools available to us. You can use it for professional correspondence, keeping in touch with distant family members and friends, and keeping track of your online purchases. It can also send messages from school or university, send digital files, and keep track of your online accounts. With many people using more than one email address and the ease of sending emails, your inbox can quickly overflow.

You might still receive unwanted emails, even after unsubscribing from mailing lists through Google. A few clicks are all it takes for Gmail users to silence this noise. You can block an email address in Gmail by following these steps.

Gmail allows you to block specific email addresses so they will no longer send you messages. It’s an all-or-nothing kind of thing. Sometimes you’ll have to delete a few emails from that address if you want certain messages but not others.

How to Block Emails on Gmail on a Computer

In Gmail, you have two options for preventing unwanted messages from arriving. You can block an email on Gmail quickly by following these steps:

  1. You need to open a message from the person you want to block.
  2. Click More (the three vertical dots next to Reply) and choose Block “sender’s name.”.
  3. Select Block from the ‘Block this email address dialogue box.

Whenever you block emails from someone on Gmail, a message appears above the message offering you the option to unblock Gmail. If you cannot find a message from that person, here’s how to block email messages on Gmail:

  1. Choose the See all settings option in the Gmail settings.
  2. Next, click Filters and Blocked Addresses. Click on Create a new filter.
  3. In the From field, type the address you want to block. Select Search. Your Gmail messages are searched for and displayed according to your search criteria.
  4. Open a message.
  5. Click More and choose Block “sender’s name”.
  6. Select Block when asked to confirm.

Emails can be sent to the Spam folder by blocking them based on the sender’s address in Gmail. Two more options are available when creating a block filter:

How to Unsubscribe From Newsletters and Other Mailing Lists

To keep your inbox clutter-free and clean, unsubscribe from mass emails on Gmail rather than blocking them. To unsubscribe from a list of emails, click Unsubscribe next to the sender’s name. The change does not take effect immediately. A few days may pass before the email stops.

How to Report Spam and Phishing

Reporting spam and phishing emails to Google will keep those annoying messages out of your inbox if blocking them on Gmail and reporting them isn’t enough.

As soon as you report these messages, they are moved to your Spam folder, and Google is notified via email. Information from your report is used by Google to block spam and phishing mail for other Gmail users. Here’s how to file a report:

  1. Access your Gmail account.
  2. If you receive a spam or phishing message, open it.
  3. You can report spam emails by clicking Report spam in the toolbar and choosing Report spam from the pop-up menu.
  4. When you receive a phishing email, select Report phishing from the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the window. Click Report Phishing Message.

How to Block Emails on Gmail on a Mobile Device

In the Gmail mobile app, blocking email can only be done from an open message. As a result, you can only block emails based on their email addresses. It is impossible to stop messages that are more than a certain size or contain attachments.

  1. For iPhone and Android, blocking email on Gmail mobile apps is like blocking email on a computer. To block an email address in Gmail using the mobile app, follow these steps:
  2. To block a sender, open a message from that sender.
  3. Choose Block “sender’s name” from the More menu (the three vertical dots next to Reply).
  4. You can unblock the sender in the warning dialogue box above the message if you selected the wrong message and blocked the wrong person.

How to Unsubscribe From Mass Marketing Emails on a Mobile Device

It is easy to remove your name from a sender’s mailing list using your smartphone or tablet. Gmail’s mobile app allows you to mass unsubscribe from emails:

  1. Click on the unsubscribe link in the email from the mailing list you wish to unsubscribe from.
  2. On the bottom of the message, click Unsubscribe or Manage email preferences.

How to Report Spam on iPhone, iPad, and Android

The Gmail mobile app also makes it easy to report spam messages. You can report spam by opening the message, tapping More (the three horizontal dots), and then clicking Report spam. You will then receive emails from that address in your Spam folder. To report phishing emails which seek personal information, tap More, then Report Phishing.

Conclusion

Many people have a blocked list of emails they want to keep out of their inboxes. This list can be as long as you want, but it is often filled with spam and junk mail. If you have this kind of email block list, you may not know how to remove it.

Blocking certain email addresses helps you to organise your Gmail Inbox completely. Blocking emails for other reasons, including too many spam complaints, too many invalid addresses, and technical issues with sending, can help you keep your privacy and email safe.

FAQ

Can you automatically block an email address in Gmail?

Emails are blocked or sent to the spam folder in Gmail. Sometimes, Gmail may block an email address if it receives too many spam messages or emails sent simultaneously.

How do I remove an email address from my Gmail block list?

The best way to remove an email address from your Gmail block lists is to use the “Unblock” feature in your account settings. Unblocking an email address allows you to send messages from your Gmail account, but it does not delete the email address from the block list. You will still see emails from that person in your inbox and on your webmail account.

How do I permanently block an email sender?

You can permanently block an email address by following the steps below:

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open the message.
  3. In the top right, click More.
  4. Click Block [sender].