How to Block Email on iPhone and iPad

Are you constantly disturbed by email notifications alerting you to messages from spammers or senders you don’t care about? If so, you need to learn how to block junk email on iPhone and iPad, which is exactly what this article is all about.

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How to Block Email on iPhone

Depending on which email client you use, you will need to follow different instructions on how to block email on iPhone.

Gmail

In the case of Gmail, the most popular email service among Apple users, the process is quite simple:

  1. Open the Gmail app on your iPhone.
  2. There should be a profile image next to the message you want to mark as spam. Tap on it.
  3. Tap More and then Report spam in the top right.

This will mark a message as spam, which is the easiest way how to block an email address on iPhone. Alternatively, you can also block an email address directly, but only on your computer:

  1. Open Gmail on your computer.
  2. Open a message from the sender you would like to block.
  3. Click the Down arrow in the top right corner and choose Report spam.

After clicking the Report spam button, the email you’ve just reported will be sent to Google for analysis to help it protect its users from spam and abuse.

Outlook

The Outlook app doesn’t give you the option to block email directly on iPhone, which is why you need to visit Outlook.com and do everything there:

  1. Open Outlook.com on your computer.
  2. Select the message or messages in the message list and then select Junk → Block → OK.
How to block email on iPhone in Outlook

Alternatively, you can open a specific message and choose the Block option from the top menu.

You have an email address that you would like to block, but you have to receive a message from the address, you can block it directly by opening your Junk email settings and entering it under Blocked senders or Blocked domains. The number of mail addresses that you can block is limited to 1,024, which should be more than enough for most users to stop junk in Outlook.

Yahoo

Yahoo has become overshadowed by Google, but its iOS email app is among the most popular apps in the productivity category, and its fantastic rating speaks volumes about its quality. Yahoo users seldom delete emails because they get 1,000 GB (that’s correct) of cloud storage for free, but even they don’t like to read spam emails from senders with bad intentions.

Yahoo explains how to block email on iPhone on its help page, but here’s a concise summary for your convenience:

  1. Open Yahoo Mail on your computer.
  2. Mouse over the Settings menu icon and select Settings.
  3. Select Blocked Addresses.
How to block email on iPhone in Yahoo
  1. Add the address you would like to block.
  2. Click Block.

Learn more about blocking emails on Yahoo in our post.

iCloud Mail

Even though it's technically possible to block a sender straight from iPhone’s Mail app, we encourage you to instead log in to your iCloud mail account and do everything from there by following a couple of simple steps:

  1. Open your iCloud Mail account on your computer.
  2. Go to settings.
  3. Choose Rules and click Add a Rule in the Rules window.
  4. Enter an address you want to block in the “is from” field.
  5. Select the option “Move to Trash and Mark as Read” from the dropdown named as “Then” and click Done.

Any future emails coming from the address you’ve added will be automatically moved to the trash folder and marked as read, which means that they won’t bother you at all.

AOL Mail

AOL doesn’t have a dedicated email app for iOS. Instead, AOL Mail users can access their inboxes from the AOL app, which also provides access to trending news, weather information, and important alerts.

  1. Open the AOL app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the email icon to access your inbox.
  3. Swipe left on the message you want to block.
  4. Tap the Mark as option and mark the message as spam.

You can also move the message to the Spam folder, which has the same effect as marking it as spam.

Yandex Mail

Email apps for iOS sometimes feel like watered-down versions of their web counterparts, but not Yandex Mail. Not only is it possible to use it without an internet connection, but the app even supports multiple inboxes, so you could theoretically use it to block emails on Outlook, Gmail, or Yahoo inbox.

  1. Open the Yahoo Mail on your iPhone.
  2. Open the message you want to block.
  3. Tap the three dots on the right side of the screen.
  4. Select the Spam option.

Don’t be surprised if you receive more unwanted emails from the same emails. Yandex Mail uses an intelligent spam filter that takes action only after it receives multiple complaints about the same email address.

ProtonMail

The ProtonMail app for iOS was built from ground up to provide convenient access to all features found in ProtonMail's web app, including email blocking. While ProtonMail uses a smart spam detection system that automatically filters messages to your Spam folder, the service provider acknowledges that the system makes a mistake from time to time and allows users to block unwanted emails manually.

  1. Open the ProtonMail app on your iPhone.
  2. Find the message you want to block.
  3. Swipe left on it and select the Spam option to block it.

When you mark a message as spam in ProtonMail, it gets added to the Blacklist, which you can manage from the Filters page in Settings. To unblock a blocked sender, all you need to do is remove it from the Blacklist.

Zoho Mail

Zoho Mail offers a native iOS app that lets you easily access your messages, Zoho Calendar, and Zoho Contacts. One great thing about the app is that it doesn't interfere with your device's calendars and contacts, allowing you to separate your personal contact list and calendar from your work contact list and calendar. If you receive an unwanted message on your iPhone, there's no need to go to your computer just to delete it.

  1. Open the Zoho Mail app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the unwanted message.
  3. Swipe left on it to reveal additional options.
  4. Select the Move option and move the message to the Spam folder.

Mail.com

Mail.com's iOS has been around for a long time, allowing Mail.com users to enjoy the same email experience they're used to from their computers on the go. With the latest version of Mail.com, users can activate push notifications, increase security through PIN protection, customize the user interface, take advantage of powerful organizational tools, and, of course, block junk email addresses with a few clicks.

  1. Open the Mail.com app on your iPhone.
  2. Select any message sent from the sender you want to block.
  3. Tap the three dots on the bottom-right and select Spam.

How to Block Emails on iPad

If you’re now wondering how to block unwanted emails on iPad, we have good news for you: the instructions on how to block email on iPhone also apply to iPad.

Yes, it’s true that iPad apps sometimes have more features than their iPhone counterparts, but it’s still more convenient to block unwanted emails on the computer. There’s only one exception to this, and it’s Clean Email, a smart email organizer that works just as great on mobile devices as it does on desktop computers.

How Clean Email Can Help with This Task

Clean Email is an email organizer that can automatically block unwanted emails and apply other actions to emails. It supports Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud, and other major service providers, providing the easiest way how to achieve Inbox Zero.

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To block an email address in Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, and other services using Clean Email, all you have to do is take advantage of Clean Email’s powerful automation features. When you delete or archive emails from a certain sender, you can simply check the checkbox labeled as "Automate this action" when applying an action, and Clean Email will make sure that no messages from the sender can reach your inbox without being dealt with.

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Thanks to its iOS app, Clean Email presents an excellent way how to block emails on iPad and iPhone. You can download the app for free and use it to clean up to 1,000 emails—more than enough to discover what makes it so great. Clean Email is firmly committed to protecting the privacy and security of its users, which is why it only analyzes email headers and not actual emails.

Learn more about how to block emails on Android or how to delete all emails on iPhone in our other posts.

Conclusion

There are several ways how to block an email address on iPad or iPhone, but Clean Email is the only one that doesn’t require a lengthy explanation and supports Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud, and other IMAP service providers. Apart from blocking unwanted emails, Clean Email is designed to take care of all other aspects of email management, helping its users keep their inboxes clean and be more productive. Best of all, Clean Email is free to try, so everyone can give it a go to see how it works.


How to Block Email on iPhone - FAQs

Is it possible to block emails on iPhone?

Yes, you can block emails on an iPhone. Here are the steps to do so:
1. Open your iPhone.
2. Go to “Settings” and select the “Mail” option.
3. Under the “Threading” section, select the “Blocked” option.

Why am I still getting emails from blocked senders iPhone?

When you block an email, there are different options to select what happens to email communication from that sender moving forward. If you select, “mark as blocked, leave in inbox,” then the blocked email communication will continue coming to your inbox. If you select “move to trash” or “none” then the email communication will stop coming to your inbox.

How do I block unwanted email on my iPhone?

Follow these steps to block unwanted email on your iPhone.
1. Open your iPhone.
2. Go to “Settings” and select the “Mail” option.
3. Under the “Threading” section, select the “Blocked” option.

How do I block spam emails on my iPhone?

In order to block spam emails on your iPhone, you must mark them as junk.
1. Open your iPhone to a spam email.
2. Select the “Flag”” button at the bottom.
3. Select “Move to Junk.”

How do I block unwanted emails on my iPad?

Blocking emails on your iPad is an easy process. Follow these steps.
1. Open your iPad to your email.
2. Select the “Settings” icon in the bottom left-hand corner; it should look like a gear.
3. Click the “Rules” option.
4. Add a rule and enter the sender's address that you want to block.

Clean Email Team

Updated on Jul 27, 2021

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