Gmail: How to Block a Sender from your Inbox

   Posted by David Kirk in Google

Do you receive countless “bad” emails from someone that got your address? Maybe you gave your address to them and now regret it, or maybe they got it via some other method. While Gmail has no block functionality, you can keep these troublesome emails from appearing in your inbox by automatically deleting these emails as they arrive.

1. Go to Gmail and login to your account.

2. Go to an email from the sender you wish to block, and open it.

3. Go to the top of the email and use the More dropdown to select Filter messages like these.

select filter messages

4. The sender’s email address will appear in the From textbook of the Create a Filter form. (If you wish to block all email from the sender’s domain then use @sendersdomain.com instead of the sender’s email address where sendersdomain.com is the domain of the sender’s address.)

creating a filter

5. Select the Create filter with this search link.

6. Check the Delete it checkbox.

7. If you wish to apply the new filter to clean out existing messages from this user, check the Also apply filter to matching conversations checkbox. If not, leave it unchecked.

deleting the message per filter

8. Click the Create Filter button.

Your inbox will never have to deal with any messages from this sender again.

 

About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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8 Responses to “Gmail: How to Block a Sender from your Inbox”

  1. October 21, 2009 at 8:02 am, xxloverxx said:

    You can also block an entire domain like so:

    From: *@domain.com

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  2. October 25, 2009 at 5:49 am, craigspr said:

    Its a big help..thanks for sharing

    Reply

  3. October 27, 2009 at 4:17 am, Dominic Jean said:

    You could also use a canned response to send the sender a message saying you are no longer receiving emails from them

    Reply

  4. November 11, 2009 at 6:22 pm, birkin said:

    Your post is really great and I appreciate your straight approach.

    Reply

  5. February 06, 2012 at 10:31 am, chuck said:

    I wish you could teach other “how to sites” to be as direct and uncomplicated as you. Well done . Thanks.

    Reply

  6. June 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm, amy said:

    How do I block unwanted senders on gmail? Ever since Google updated heir site, I can’t fin the “more options” menue. I personally do not like their new update.

    Reply

  7. June 30, 2012 at 12:26 am, amy said:

    Nevermind, I figured it out. Thanks, your post was also helpful.

    Reply

    • June 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm, David Kirk said:

      @amy – Glad you figured it out and thanks for notifying us of the changes. I’ve updated the article for the latest version of gmail.

      Reply

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