Spam is not a tasty “food” substance to many of us, and it definitely is not tasty when it lands in your Inbox. The more ways our anti-virus programs come up with to stop spam, the faster the bad guys come up with new ways to get around the protocols in place. I know I’m fed up with it, and I’d bet my last dollar you are, as well. How can we block them for good?
What happens, also, if you have a person who is constantly harassing you via email and you no longer want to hear from them? You could keep deleting their emails without reading them. Wouldn’t it be nicer, though, to never even see them at all?
Blocking an email address within Gmail will take about ten to fifteen seconds of your time and will save you an untold amount of discomfort, anger and other unsavory emotions.
So, without further ado… let’s get to blocking!
How to Block Someone on Gmail
First, you are going to have to click on the email message in the Inbox to open it. Once you do, click on the three dots on the right-hand side of the message.
From the pop-out menu, select ”Block SendersNameHere”. In this example, I sent a message from my primary account to my blog site account, so you see below that it says ”Block Kat Armstrong”. (I bet I am not the first person who has blocked me!)
A confirmation box will appear asking if you really want to block all messages from the sender and letting you know ALL future messages from that address will be marked as spam. You will never see the messages unless you click into your spam folder. Gmail’s spam folder will automatically empty itself periodically.
Now select the ”Block” button and you’re done. You’ll see the following message:
It immediately gives you an “out” to unblock the sender if you somehow went through all those steps by accident. More likely, you’re going to want to select ”Move to Spam”.
You’re finished! No more messages from that mean old Kat Armstrong will show up in your Inbox!
How to Unblock Someone in Gmail
Let’s say you are no longer mad at me, have changed your mind for some reason or want to see those messages from the prince in Africa who will make you rich. It’s pretty easy to UNblock someone, as well.
Head up and click on the little gear icon on the top-right side of your email Inbox, and then click on ”Settings”.
Select the ”Filters and Blocked Addresses” tab, and you’ll see this:
Place a check in the box next to my name and then select ”unblock” on the right!
One last confirmation box, letting you know if you proceed that my messages will again show up in your Inbox! Select the ”Unblock” button.
Now you know how to block and unblock an email address in Gmail.
What else can I help you with in regards to Gmail or even spam protection? I’m here for you!
Happy emailing – or blocking!