It’s a little-known feature, but in 2015, Google added a ‘block sender’ option to Gmail. Before it was introduced, users had to create a specific email filter to ensure that certain emails didn’t end up in their inbox.
Spam is probably the number-one reason you’ll want to block emails on Gmail. In 2018, spam accounted for around 45% of all emails sent, or approximately 14.5 billion spam emails a day.
Of course, not all email senders you’ll want to block are going to be spammers. There are occasions where you may have personal contacts or single senders that you need to block. No matter the case, here’s how to block emails on Gmail.
Blocking Email on Gmail
The first temptation when receiving an unwelcome email is to use the spam button that’s native to Gmail, but that option should be reserved for reporting spam and junk email – mass emails that are sent from a highly questionable source.
When it comes to dealing with a single person who is sending unwanted emails, there are better ways to handle it.
Blocking specific emails in Gmail is an incredibly simple task and only takes a few minutes. All that’s required are four simple steps.
Step 1. Open up the message from the person you want to block.
Step 2. Click the three-dot menu option in the right-hand corner of your email window, otherwise known as the More menu.
Step 3. From there, select Block <Name>.
Step 4. It’s as simple as that – you no longer will receive emails from that particular email address.
Unblocking A Sender In Gmail
There are times that you may have blocked someone by accident, or you’ve changed your mind about the person or email address that you blocked. Luckily, it’s just as simple to unblock a sender in Gmail.
Step 1. Choose the person that you want to unblock inside Gmail. A big Unblock sender button will appear.
Step 2. Click the confirmation, and you’re done.
If you don’t have the email address of the sender you want to block on hand, you can still find them.
Step 1. Click the cog button and choose Settings.
Step 2. Head over to the Filters and Blocked Addresses option.
Step 3. In the section under the heading The following email addresses are blocked, choose the sender.
Step 4. Click Unblock.
Step 5. It’s as easy as that – you’ve successfully unblocked that person.
How to Tell If Your Email Is Blocked
What if you think your email has been blocked? There isn’t a quick way to find out, but you may find this hack useful.
Step 1. Send an email to the person that you think may have blocked you.
Step 2. Wait a little while to see if the email bounces. If it does, you will receive an email saying that it was undeliverable.
Step 3. Send another email to another email address. This is to make sure that your email is working correctly. If that email goes through, you can assume that there’s a problem with the first email being received.
Step 4. Set up a temporary Gmail account and then try to send an email to the first address again. If that one goes through, your first email has likely been blocked.
If the email you think you’re being blocked from belongs to a contact you speak to regularly, then you may have been blocked by mistake, and it’s time to pick up the phone and check.
You can block and unblock senders as many times as you wish. Whether you’re blocking or unblocking in Gmail, it’s a straightforward and useful option to have at your disposal.