Recently, I started receiving many harassing emails on my Gmail account. Although they weren’t threatening, they were easily distracted, and obviously, the sender didn’t get the hint that I didn’t want anything to do with their noise or their service. I realized that my only recourse was to block the sender.
It took me a while to realize that the ability to block senders in Gmail was there, staring me in the face the whole time… on the web and in mobile apps. When the sender is blocked, everything returns to its usual state of (relative) peace.
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Blocking senders can be very useful if you are being harassed by an individual, if a company keeps sending you spam, or if you suspect that someone is targeting you for a nefarious reason. The feature is built into Gmail. Let me show you how it’s done.
Sender blocking in web-based Gmail
What you need: The only things you need for this are a valid Gmail account and a sender block. That’s it.
How to block sender in Gmail mobile app
It’s easy to block a sender using the Gmail mobile app. Here’s how.
1. Open Gmail on your phone
Log in to your phone and open the Gmail app.
2. Find the email from the sender
Next, find and open an email from the sender in question.
3. Block the sender
You will see two different three dot menus. You want to tap the menu associated with the sender, not the email itself. In that menu, you will see an entry for Block user. Tap that entry and the sender is blocked.
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Be careful with this, because there is no confirmation for blocking.
If you know you need to unblock users, your best bet is to do it from the web-based version of Gmail.
And that’s all to prevent unwanted senders in Gmail. Use this feature wisely and you won’t have to worry about the person or organization harassing you from the email address you blocked.