How To Unblock Someone On Gmail

In this article, we explain how to unblock email on Gmail from the web client and mobile apps, and we also illustrate how third-party tools like Clean Email can make the process easier.

Why You Should Learn to Unblock Senders on Gmail

Most email users receive plenty of unwanted messages every single day. Some unwanted emails can be categorized as pure spam (phishing, unsolicited requests, and so on), and some have become unwanted over time (subscriptions, newsletters, etc.).

To stop their inboxes from overflowing with unwanted messages, users can learn how to block an email address. This simple goal can be accomplished in many different ways, but the result is always the same: no more messages from the blocked sender will appear in the inbox.

But what if you need to unblock someone on Gmail? What steps do you need to follow to unblock Gmail sender so that emails sent from their address start showing up in your inbox again? Continue reading to find out.

How to Unblock Emails on Gmail

Let’s take a closer look at how to unblock an email on Gmail from the devices users most commonly use to access their inboxes.

How to unblock email on Gmail from the web

The web version of Gmail is how most desktop and laptop users access their inboxes, so it’s great that unblocking an email on Gmail for the web is easy:

  1. Log in to your inbox.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose the See all settings option.
  3. Navigate to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.
  4. You should see all addresses that are blocked. If no addresses are displayed, it means that you’re currently not blocking anyone.
  5. Select the sender you want to unblock and click Unblock selected addresses.

How to unblock on Gmail Android app

If you want to unblock a Gmail sender using the Android app, then follow the steps below:

  1. Launch the Gmail Android app.
  2. Find a message from the sender you want to be unblocked.
  3. Open the message.
  4. Tap the Unblock sender button.

It’s also possible to block emails on Android. To do so, open the message you want to block, click the three vertical dots next to the name of the sender, and tap the Block button.

How to unblock someone on Gmail on iPhone

Since the Gmail app for iOS is largely identical to the Android version, the steps you need to follow to unblock an email on Gmail for iOS are mostly the same as well:

  1. Launch the app and find a message from the sender you want to be unblocked.
  2. Open the message.
  3. Tap the Unblock sender button.

To block an email on your iPhone, open the message, tap the three vertical dots next to the reply button, and choose the Block option.

When Blocking Emails in Gmail Isn’t Enough

The email blocking and filtering features supported by Gmail get the job done when it comes to dealing with basic spam, but they leave a lot to be desired when fighting against professional spammers.

Instead of sending emails from the same email address, professional spammers typically generate a large number of different mail addresses using the same domain.

In such cases, it’s better to block the entire domain because blocking individual addresses would be like fighting against the wind. Unfortunately, you need to create an email filter to block a domain name in Gmail, and the process is less than straightforward:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click the gear icon and choose the See all settings option.
  3. Navigate to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.
  4. Click the Create a new filter button.
  5. Enter the domain name you want to block in the From field.
  6. Click Create filter.
  7. Check the Delete it option.
  8. Click Create filter one last time.

Not that simple, right? Fortunately, straightforward alternatives are readily available.

Effectively Block and Unblock Gmail Emails Using Clean Email

Just because it's possible to block senders directly from Gmail doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the best way to accomplish the task. As we’ve explained above, professional spammers use all kinds of tactics to circumvent blocking, and the anti spam and blocking features present in Gmail are not always powerful enough to deal with them.

The good news is that you can also learn how to block someone on Gmail using third-party tools like Clean Email.

With this app, blocking all emails sent from a specific domain is a matter of a few clicks:

  1. Go to:
  2. Navigate to Inbox or All Mail Smart View in Clean Email (more about Smart Views soon).
  3. In the Search mail field type “” (without quotes). Then click on the “Select All” button.
  4. Click the Block button.
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Clean Email will create an automated Block rule, ensuring that all new messages sent from the blocked domain go straight to trash. You can choose to remove this rule any time you want to unblock the domain.

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The same method can be used to automate any other inbox management action, such as archiving, labeling emails, and so on. Because the app organizes emails into Smart Views based on their content, it’s very easy to find exactly what you’re looking for and perform the desired action.

Smart Views feature in Clean EmailSmart Views feature in Clean Email

You can even use Clean Email to get rid of newsletters and promotional emails with the help of the Unsubscriber feature. All these and other capabilities can be used to manage and block emails on Mac, Windows, and mobile devices.

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Just like Gmail itself, Clean Email is designed to be highly secure. The app is fully compliant with Gmail privacy policy requirements, so you know that you can trust it even with the most sensitive data.

How To Unblock Someone On Gmail - FAQ

How do I find blocked email addresses in Gmail?

To see all blocked email addresses, log in to your inbox and click the gear icon. Choose the See all settings option. Then go to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab. You should see all mail addresses that are blocked.

How do I unblock an email address?

To unblock an email on Gmail, log in to your inbox and open All settings. Go to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab. Select the mail address you want to unblock.

How do I unblock someone on Gmail Mobile?

To unblock someone on Gmail mobile, you need to find a message from the sender you want to unblock, open it, and tap the Unblock sender button.

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