How to Whitelist Email Addresses in Outlook

Nancy Messieh 27-07-2016

When it comes to email clients, not many are as robust as Outlook. There’s probably a ton of features the desktop mail client offers that you aren’t using, but one that you should definitely keep in mind is its junk email options, and the ability to ensure that emails from trusted contacts or domains always reach your inbox with its Safe Senders settings.


There are two ways you can add email addresses to your Safe Senders list in Outlook. The first method can be done directly from your Inbox. When you have an email open, make sure you are on the Home tab, click the Junk button. From there you can add that specific sender to your whitelist, add their entire domain to your whitelist, or block their email address.


The second method is accessed from the same button. Click Junk and select Junk Email options. This will open up a dialog box. Navigate to the Safe Senders tab. There you can whitelist individual email addresses or domains.


If you want to whitelist addresses in bulk, you could type up the list in a text document, and use the Import from File setting to streamline the process a little bit. Other streamline options include automatically including people you send email to on the list, or people in your Contacts list.


Do you have any tips or tricks for whitelisting contacts in Outlook? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. Annette Barron
    July 18, 2018 at 12:54 am

    On my acer tablet Outlook is different than my work Outlook. Acer does not have the "ribbon" unfortunately therefore the usual instructions don't work. Junk emails are impossible to get rid of--I have somehow gotten on facebook (in Spanish!) and can't change it because I did not open the account and can't change the settings.

  2. pd
    July 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Is this possible with Gmail? If not, YTF not? I've a young impressionable niece. She should be able to whitelist the email addresses of immediate family and reject, unseen, every disgusting spam email.