How to Block and Unblock Contacts in Gmail

MakeUseOf | 1/28/2020 | Saikat Basu
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Knowing how to use the block and unblock feature on Gmail is one of the drawbridges you have to protect your inbox. Blocking and unblocking your contacts in Gmail is a simple matter of two clicks.

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When you block a contact, messages from their addresses will end up in your Spam folder, but they won’t know they were blocked. And don’t forget to unblock them if you just wanted to temporarily block them for a while.

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If someone has sent you an email and you’d like to block them, do the following:

Open the email message from that contact.

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Click the ellipsis (three vertical dots) button next to the reply button on the message.

Click Block [Contact Name] where the contact name is the individual’s name.

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In the popup window that appears click the Block button to confirm your choice.

The process on the Gmail mobile app for Android and iOS is just as easy. Instead of the vertical ellipsis, you have three horizontal dots on the mobile app for iOS that you should tap to access the block option.

Banner - Telling - Emails - Sender - Spam

A small banner is displayed on top telling you that future emails from the sender will be marked as spam. The screenshot below is from the Gmail mobile app for iOS.

If you change your mind and want to unblock a contact, do the following:

Gmail - Settings - Icon

Go to Gmail settings (by clicking the gear icon).

Click the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.

Scroll - Bottom - Screen - List - Addresses

Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and you’ll see a list of blocked addresses.

You’ll have to scroll through the list to find the contact you want to unblock and click the Unblock link. You can also select multiple or all addresses and click Unblock selected...
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