How to Whitelist Email Addresses in Gmail

Nancy Messieh 30-06-2016

Do you find that you’re missing emails that should be going to your inbox but are ending up in your junk folder instead? If you use Gmail, these are the steps to whitelist any email address so you can be sure not to miss important emails.


Open your Gmail inbox in a browser and go to Settings > Filters and Blocked Addresses. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Create new filter.

Whitelist Individual Emails

You can create an individual filter per email, as they come up. For an individual email address, simply type that address in the “From” field.

Whitelist All Addresses from a Domain

If you want to ensure that all emails from any given domain name reach your inbox, you can whitelist that domain. If you want to whitelist all emails from MakeUseOf email addresses, for example, you would just put in the “From” field.

Whitelist Multiple Addresses at Once

Let’s say you want to whitelist multiple addresses but they aren’t from the same domain, you can simply enter each address separated by the operator OR. So for example, OR



Once you’ve filled in the From field, click the Create filter with this search.

Next make sure that Never sent to spam, and click the blue Create filter button.


Do you have any useful tips for making sure your messages don’t end up in the spam folder? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. pd
    June 30, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I have an 11 year old niece. It would be nice for her to be able to ONLY get email from immediate family instead of being exposed to anything and possibly everything the internet can throw at her.

    Why is it seemingly not possible to easily block all incoming email except a handful of addresses of immediate family?

    • SenpaiCinnamon
      June 30, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Hi, PD. has a that feature.

  2. Tony C
    June 30, 2016 at 7:40 am

    My BofA monthly statement ALWAYS goes into the SPAM folder. I've been marking it "Not Spam" every time for like a year now and it still goes to the SPAM folder. I need to try this!