Have you ever been blocked? I’m sure you have experienced being “blocked” on WhatsApp, Hike and other communication applications and services. Now you can get blocked on Gmail too. Not only can you get blocked, but also block someone yourself. Yes.
Gmail launched a new feature called ‘Block Sender’ on Tuesday. This new feature allows users to block specific email addresses so that any email received from them is directly diverted to the “spam” folder. The mail is received by the user but it doesn’t show up in the inbox.
Simple diagram explaining the ‘blocking’ process adopted by Gmail
The best way to explain it would be to consider it as a direct and simplified form of the email filtering feature that already exists in Gmail. It has been brought out for the web as on now. Android users will get this feature in the app later.
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How to Block Emails on Gmail
1. Open the Email.
2. Click on the drop down menu button on the top right corner beside the reply button.
3. Look for ‘Block (name)’ in the drop down menu.
4. Click on the block button.
This is all that there is to it. You won’t have to set up specific filters for the same.
In addition, Gmail gives one more update to its android app, the “Unsubscribe” feature. Unsubscribe feature can be very useful to the people who are very annoyed with the promotional mailing lists there are tagged into. So now you can unsubscribe from the mailing list using the Gmail android app. Android users will get this update in the course of next week alongside the ‘Block Sender’ but if you are a Apple user then you’ll not be getting this update.
How to Unsubscribe
1. Open the email on your Gmail app.
2. Go to the ‘more’ option on the top right corner.
3. Look for unsubscribe in the drop down menu.
4. Hit unsubscribe and its done.
It’s important to mention that neither Gmail nor Yahoo offers to completely block the email address from sending the email. All the Emails that are blocked by the users are been sent to Spam folder and unnecessarily occupies the storage.
Your Gmail Trash folder for than 30 days are automatically deleted. Gmail allows user to set an automated filter to take email from specific senders and apply various rules to it, including deleting it. Here’s how to do it:
1. Tap on the check boxes to the left of the title name.
2. At the top of list of messages, you’ll see a drop down option as ‘More’. Click More > Filter messages like this.
This will open a screen, given with email address of the senders of the email you selected.
3. Click on the ‘Create filter with this search’.
Clicking on the ‘Create filter with this searches’ will take you to a new screen.
4. This page offers you with many option to apply to the messages. Select the one you’ll want, in case, if ‘Delete’. Select Delete.
And it’s done.
Note: Deleting an email means that’s gone forever. But if you’re eager to never see a particular email address again. You have done it well.
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