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How to Block Someone on Gmail

Written by, Ljubica Gjorgievska

Updated April, 18, 2022

Gmail has filters that can help block spam messages, but some of these emails might sneak through. 

Fortunately, there is a way to make sure messages certain email addresses stay out of your inbox.

Here’s how to block someone on Gmail via your PC or mobile and what you might do to prevent some emails from reaching you.

How to Block Emails on Gmail on Desktop

If you’re getting unwanted emails, you can easily block someone on Gmail. The process of blocking an email address on Gmail is easy and takes no more than two minutes.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

  • Step 1: Log onto your Gmail account .
  • Step 2: Open a message from the sender you want to block.
  • Step 3 Click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner.
  • Step 4: Select Block [sender].
  • Step 5: Confirm that you want to block that sender in the pop-up window.
Note: If you accidentally blocked someone, you can unblock them by following the same steps.

How to Block Emails on Gmail on the Phone

The process of blocking an email sender on your phone is similar.

  • Step 1: Open the app on your phone.
  • Step 2: Tap the message from the sender you want to block.
  • Step 3: Tap on the vertical dots in the top right corner.
  • Step 4: Select Block [sender].
Note: In Gmail, messages from a blocked sender go directly to the “Spam” box.

Alternative options

If blocking someone on Gmail seems a bit excessive, there are some other options you can try to stop receiving messages from them in your inbox.

Unsubscribe From Mass Emails

Most of us often subscribe to newsletters and websites that send out promotional emails

If you want to stop receiving these types of messages, you can always unsubscribe. Companies that utilise email marketing are required by law to include an unsubscribe option in all of their messages

To unsubscribe from marketing emails:

  • Step 1: Go to Gmail and log into your account or open the Gmail app on your phone.
  • Step 2: Find a message from the company in your inbox. 
  • Step 3: Scroll down to find the “Unsubscribe” button and click on it. 

Clicking on the “Unsubscribe” button might take you to a page with a message confirming that you’ve unsubscribed from their email services. Sometimes, you might need to check a few more boxes on the page and confirm the unsubscription again. 

Note: In some cases, you might find the “Unsubscribe” button next to the sender’s name.

Gmail’s unsubscribe recommendations

Gmail sends unsubscribe recommendations to users who have a lot of unopened messages from a certain sender. If you want to stop receiving Unsubscribe recommendations, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the three horizontal lines on the upper left side.
  • Step 2: Go to Settings.
  • Step 3: Find and click on the name of the account you want to alter.
  • Step 4: Click on “Inbox Tips.”
  • Step 5: Turn off the switch that’s next to “Unsubscribe Tips.”

How to report spam and phishing

The digital world has a lot of perks, one of which is the ability to find someone’s email address for free

Unfortunately, that means some email users can become easy targets for spam and phishing emails. 

All Gmail users can report spam and phishing messages with the email provider. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Log into your Gmail account.
  • Step 2: Open the message or tap on the sender’s profile image
  • Step 3: Click on “More” in the top right and on “Report Spam” or “Report phishing.”

Bottom Line

If you’re wondering how to block someone on Gmail, the process is simple. Gmail prohibits harassing, intimidating, or threatening messages and has filters for spam emails. If a message slips through the cracks, you can always report it with Gmail.

As a writer for Don’t Disappoint Me, my job is to collect relevant key information and interpret it into a wide range of content. I also have an MSc in Marketing, so I am always trying to expand my knowledge and discover new and exciting areas of digital marketing, SEO and web traffic building. I am a nature enthusiast, so when I’m not researching and analyzing, I love to go hiking with my dogs, camping, or snowboarding. I am a bookaholic as well and have an ongoing obsession with crime TV shows and movies.