How to Block Emails in Gmail

Dan Price 20-12-2017

Alongside Twitter trolls and auto-playing ads, unsolicited email probably ranks highly in most people’s lists of “most annoying things about the internet.”


And it’s not just email spam that’s cluttering up your inbox. What chance do you have of maintaining a “zero inbox” philosophy if you’re under a constant barrage of notification emails from Facebook, your bank, and every other site where you have an online presence?

Luckily, Gmail makes it easy to block emails from addresses you’re not interested in.

How to Block Emails in Gmail

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  1. Navigate to and enter your Google Account credentials.
  2. Find an email from the person, business, or random address that you want to block.
  3. Open the email.
  4. Click on the down arrow on the same line as the sender’s name/address.
  5. Select Block “[Sender’s name/address]”.

If these steps don’t look right to you, see how to go back to the old Gmail design How to Switch Back to Classic Gmail If You Hate the Redesign Do you want to go back to the old Gmail? Google no longer allows it, but here's how to almost go back to classic Gmail. Read More .

How to Unblock Emails in Gmail

If you accidentally block the wrong person, don’t worry, the situation is easy to rectify:

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click on the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab at the top of the page.
  5. Scroll down to The following email addresses are blocked. Messages from these addresses will appear in Spam.
  6. Highlight the address you want to unblock.
  7. Click on Unblock Selected Addresses.

Want to keep annoying email out of your mobile inbox too? Check out how to block emails on your iPhone How to Block Emails on Your iPhone: 3 Methods to Know About Need to know how to block emails on iPhone? We have you covered with methods for blocking email in Gmail, Outlook, and more. Read More .

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  1. dragonmouth
    December 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    You can also set up a filter based on Title or Sender that will automatically redirect the email to Trash.