About 2 billion people use Gmail globally. Its functionality as an official communication channel is the reason why it is very popular. However, junk and spam emails have proliferated email traffic over the years. You might have found some of these unwanted emails in your Inbox, some of which would put your security and device at risk. The first step to secure your account is to block these emails on your Gmail.
We’ll cover step-by-step how to block emails in Gmail for desktop and mobile. Let’s dive in!
Block Emails on Gmail Using a Desktop
Step 1: Launch Gmail.com.
Go to your computer on your preferred browser and log in to your Gmail account.
Step 2: Go to the email you’d want to block.
Scroll down to the email you want to block. Otherwise, you can search for the particular email on the search bar and click on it.
Step 3: Select the menu with three dots (⋮) at the end of the address line.
The menu will bring forth several options regarding the sender’s email address.
Step 4: Select Block sender
From the previous step, the menu will contain Block “sender’s name.” Click on this one
Step 5: Confirm that you’d wish to block email.
A pop-up appears for you to either cancel or confirm the action. Confirm it by clicking Block.
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You have successfully blocked the email.
Blocking Emails Using the Mobile App
Step 1: Go to your phone and select the Gmail app.
Make sure you are logged in to the right Gmail account.
Step 2: Locate the email sender you’d like to block.
Go to the email they sent or search for their email address on the search bar.
Step 3: Select the three-dot (⋮) directly beside the sender’s name.
It will open up a menu with several options.
Step 4: Select Block user
On the menu in step 3, there is one for Block User. Tap on it
Step 5: A notification will show that you have blocked the email address.
this is the last step
Unblocking A Sender
Sometimes, you may have blocked accidentally blocked someone or reconsidered blocking an email address. Fortunately, it’s easy to unblock an email address.
- Search for the email address of the person you want to unblock on the search bar. A large Unblock Sender icon will appear.
- Click on the Unblock button and confirm it.
The option is when you don’t remember the email address you want to unblock
- Select the gear-like icon on Gmail
2. On the window that appears, select See all settings.
This will open up all the settings related to Gmail
3. Select the Filters and Blocked Addresses icon
4. Choose filters and blocked addresses on the top bar containing all the settings fields.
Scroll down to the email address you want to unblock and click the unblock button on the right
How to Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists
If your inbox is spammed with emails from mailing lists you no longer read, unsubscribe from mass newsletters on Gmail instead of blocking them to keep your inbox uncluttered and clean.
To unsubscribe from emails, open a message from a list you’re no longer interested in. Then, next to the sender’s name, click Unsubscribe. This change doesn’t take place immediately. It might take a few days before the email stops.
Information on Spammers, Spoofing, Spam, and Phishing
Spammers can access your personal information or even steal your money. Let’s explain how spammers use phishing and spoofing is used for such activities.
Spoofing involves sending emails while impersonating trusted sources. They, for example, create emails bearing corporate taglines and send them out to people who would not suspect the ploy.
If one is not careful to analyze the email contents and the addresses, one can fall victim to such attacks. Clicking the email content will install malware on your Pc or extract personal details.
Phishing attacks are almost similar to spoofing attacks. The emails, however, come with links that, when clicked, lead to convincing websites that extract personal details. When receiving emails, one must be very careful to notice any questionable content, links, or addresses.
Email shouldn’t be an unpleasant, problematic experience. Spam filters protect you from scams, but the providers can’t tell that you don’t want emails from specific senders for personal reasons.
Gmail provides tools to prevent you from dealing with unwanted people, whether deleting or moving their emails to spam. These methods are easy to revert to, making it simple to reestablish a connection with people after a long period.