How to Block Someone from Emailing Your Gmail Address

Somewhat recently, Google made it much easier to ‘block’ someone from sending you email messages. This short guide will take you step by step through that process.

Before you block the person, here’s a brief explanation of what will actually happen. First, you’re not really “blocking” them from sending you an email – you can’t stop someone from sending you emails. What you’re actually doing is adding them to a list that Gmail uses to filter messages, and once an address is on that list Gmail will send any messages from that sender straight to your Spam folder. The person who sent the message will not know that the message has been filtered, and you will not be notified that they’ve sent you a message. If that sounds good to you, here’s how to do it –

  1. Open up Gmail (link opens in a new tab/window) in a web browser on your computer or laptop. Find a message from the person you want to block and open it up. In the upper-right corner of the message window locate the More button – it’s the one that looks like 3 “dots” on top of each other (see screenshot below). When you find it, give it a click.
  2. From the list of options, select Block “Senders Name”
  3. A confirmation box will pop up – click the big blue Block button.
  4. Another confirmation box will appear. This one will let you know that the email address has been successfully added to your block list, and also provides a button for you should you ever decide to unblock the address. That’s it – you’re done!
  5. If you ever want to view or edit the email addresses in your block list, open up the Gmail Settings and select the Filters and Blocked Addresses ‘tab’. Towards the bottom of that window you’ll find a section titled The following email addresses are blocked. Messages from these addresses will appear in Spam: – that’s your list.
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