How to Block Someone on Gmail

Don't let unwanted emails clutter your Gmail Inbox. Block emails so that Gmail sends those messages to your Spam folder. If you use several email services and find unwanted messages in all your accounts, use Clean Email to block emails on Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and other services.

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Block Emails and Ignore Unwanted Messages

Is your Inbox full of messages that you don't want to read? Would you rather not see those messages?

When you don't want to see messages from specific email addresses in your Gmail Inbox, learn how to block someone on Gmail and send those messages to the Spam folder. You can block emails on Gmail from your computer, iPhone, or Android device.

In addition to blocking emails from specified addresses, you can also stop messages above or below a certain size and emails containing attachments.

Gmail isn't the only email service that offers a block feature. Learn how to block emails on Yahoo or find out how to block emails on Outlook.

How to Block Emails on Gmail on a Computer

There are two ways to stop unwanted messages from arriving in your Gmail Inbox. Here's the quickest way:

  1. Open a message from the person you want to be blocked.
  2. Select More (the three vertical dots next to the Reply button) and choose Block "sender's name" from the menu.
  3. In the Block this email address dialog, select Block.

When you stop someone from emailing you on Gmail, a message appears above the message that gives you the option to unblock the sender.

If you can't find a message from that person, here's how to block an email address by going into your Gmail settings:

  1. Open the Gmail settings and go to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.
  2. Select Create a new filter.
  3. Enter the address you want to be blocked in the From field.
  4. Select Search. Gmail searches your messages and displays those that match your search parameters.
  5. Open a message.
  6. Select More and choose Block "sender's name" from the menu.
  7. When asked to confirm, select Block.

Blocking messages based on the sender's address isn't the only way to send emails to the Spam folder. When creating the block filter, you have two more options:

TIP: If your inbox is full of emails from a mailing list you no longer read, instead of blocking them, learn how to unsubscribe from emails to keep your inbox clean and uncluttered.

Follow our guide on how to block email on Mac.

How to Block Emails on Gmail on a Mobile Device

There's only one way to block emails on Gmail using the Gmail mobile app, and that's from an open message. So, you can only block emails by email address. You can't stop messages that are of a specified size or those that have attachments.

The steps to block email on the Gmail mobile apps for iPhone and Android are similar to blocking email on a computer. Here's how to do this using the Gmail mobile app:

  1. Open a message from the sender you want to be blocked.
  2. Select More (the three vertical dots next to the Reply button) and choose Block "sender's name" from the menu.
  3. If you selected the wrong message and blocked the wrong person, tap Unblock sender in the warning dialog box that appears above the message.

TIP: Do you have other email apps on your phone or tablet? In addition to blocking emails in Gmail, you can block emails from your Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud Mail, and other accounts. Discover how to block email on iPhone and how to block emails on Android.

How to Block Emails on Gmail Using Third-party Apps

Perform a quick search on the internet, and you'll find several apps and services that help you stay in control of your inbox. In addition to helping you stay organized, these apps and services can block emails on Gmail.

One of the best inbox management apps is Clean Email. This app provides tools that help you unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and promotional messages, set rules to remove and archive email automatically, and block unwanted senders so that those emails never reach your inbox.

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Here's how to completely block someone on Gmail using Clean Email:

  1. Sign in to your Clean Email account and go to your Inbox.
  2. Find a message from the person you want to be blocked.
  3. Choose the message.
  4. Go to the toolbar and select Block.
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If you get spam emails that come from different addresses, but those emails have the same domain name, you can stop all emails sent from that domain. To stop all emails from a specified domain, set up an automated Block rule that sends those messages to the trash. Here's how:

  1. Go to your Clean Email Inbox.
  2. In the Search field, enter the @ symbol followed by the domain name. For example, if you receive spam emails from a domain called "spamsite.com," enter @spamsite.com in the search field.
  3. Click the Select All link.
  4. Go to the toolbar and select Block.
  5. Confirm your action.

How to Protect Your Gmail From Suspicious Emails

One problem you may encounter when you sign up for mailing lists, newsletters, and other forms of marketing materials is that your email address may be sold to third parties. When you receive unsolicited emails from these sources, they may contain links to malware, or the sender may be phishing for sensitive and personal information.

Gmail automatically warns you when it identifies untrustworthy messages and moves them to the Spam folder. Gmail also alerts you when you attempt to download attachments that may contain a virus or other suspicious files or click links that lead to unsafe websites.

When you receive a spam message, it takes only a few clicks to report that spam to Gmail and send it to your Spam folder. Here's how to do it on your computer:

  1. Select the message (you don't need to open it) by placing a checkmark next to it in the message list.
  2. Go to the toolbar and select Report spam.

To report spam in Gmail on your mobile device, select the message (you don't need to open it), select More, and choose Report spam.

Conclusion

Blocking unwanted emails from reaching your inbox is a quick and straightforward way to declutter your inbox and stay organized. You can stop newsletters you no longer read, unsolicited emails containing harmful links or attachments, and messages from people you don't want to associate with.

Messages from the email addresses you block are sent to the Spam folder. Before you empty your Spam folder, make sure that you're only deleting those messages you no longer need.

If you later decide that you don't want an email address to be blocked, go into your Gmail settings, and delete the filter for the blocked address.


How to Block Someone on Gmail - FAQs

How do I permanently block someone on Gmail?

First, open a message from that person. Then, go to the More menu (the three vertical dots next to the Reply button) and select Block. Email messages from that email address go to the Spam folder.

How do I permanently block an email address?

Most email services provide a way to stop unwanted emails from specified email addresses. Look for a Block feature. If you can't find a way to block the email address, set up a filter that either deletes messages from that email address or sends them to the Spam folder.

How do I block unwanted emails on Gmail?

You have several choices to stop unwanted emails. The first is to use the block feature in Gmail that sends unwanted messages to the Spam folder. Another way is to set up a filter to move emails from specified addresses, emails that are a certain size, or messages with attachments to any folder you choose.

Why am I still getting emails from blocked senders Gmail?

One reason you may still get emails from someone you blocked on Gmail is that the sender changed their email address. Another reason is that the sender used email spoofing to hide their actual email address.

Coletta Teske Whitehead Updated on Nov 30, 2021
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