How to Block Someone on Gmail


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Sometimes it’s not enough to just mark mail as Spam. Google’s filters aren’t 100 percent effective and the occasional junk mail might slip through, finding its way to your inbox. And sometimes you just need to radically cut someone out of your life. You can block messages from particular senders for good by setting up your own filter with this simple guide.

1. Log into your Gmail account

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2. Pull up an email from the offending sender. If your inbox is flooded with messages, just search for that person’s name in the box at the top. 

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3. Hit the down arrow to the far right of the sender’s name.  

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4. Click “Filter messages like this” from the list that drops down.

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5. Fill in the criteria for messages you’d like to stop receiving. To block all messages from this person, just enter his or her email address into the From field.


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6. Click “Create filter with this search.” 

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7. Select Delete It to trash all mail that matches criteria in step 5. 

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8. Click Create Filter. If you want to remove all existing messages from that person, check the box next to the blue button that says, “Also apply filter to X matching conversations.”

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Cherlynn Low
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Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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  1. Shannon Says:

    It worked perfectly i got my creepy ex to stop being able to message me thank you so much

  2. sepideh Says:

    this way the blocked person’s emails will go to the trash folder
    Do you know a way to delete them completely an not see them even if you look at your trash folder after a while?

  3. Moustafa Antar Says:

    Thanks for this simple easily made illustration.

  4. Marc Says:

    This does not block emails, it just auto-deletes. How do we completely block an email so it can never ever enter the email inbox?

  5. antonio rosario Says:

    But it really isn’t blocking anything is it? If it makes it through to your trash then technically it makes it through… Doesn’t it? Now how do you send a real message to the person you want to block by them getting an auto-gen msg saying they can no longer send messages to the email . Because the method in this article while noble, doesn’t really block anything, it just sends to the trash. Well if you’re like me, I like to know what’s in my trash before I throw it away…. Unless you like the smell of onions…

  6. Heather Says:

    Ok. These get sent to my spam folder to start with, but I don’t want to see ANYTHING from these people any longer. I made the mistake of advertising a concert ticket months ago on a local site for sale. Now I get these spammy messages from 2 people all the time sending me to a FRENCH site that sells crap. I’m not FRENCH and I DIDNT advertise anything there. Gmail, I need to block these peopl COMPLETELY or I will have to close my gmail account. Your move. And in the above action, hitting the arrow by this persons name ONLY gives me 2 options. Reply or forward. Not filtering anything.

  7. Cyndi Says:

    Thanks for the easy to use instructions. Now my psycho ex can leave me alone!

  8. Jen Says:

    I may have an answer for antonio rosario: while you can’t stop the email from coming in, if all you want to do is send a message to the person, you can combine the filter with a canned response. Click on the gear icon and choose “settings.” In settings, go to the Labs tab and search for Canned responses, then enable it. Next, draft an email (no recipient or subject needed) and, in the bottom right corner of the draft, click the down arrow icon, select “Canned responses,” then “Create a new response.” Choose a title for your response. Now it is saved. Then when you follow the steps posted in this blog for creating a filter, you will see a box for sending a canned response. The response you just created will be in a drop-down menu. That way, you’re simultaneously deleting the person’s email AND telling them their email was automatically sent to the trash (they will also know that it’s an auto-reply because the sender address has “canned response” included in it).

  9. Niwso Says:

    Turn water into wine, pass a camel through the eye of a needle block an email on gmail.

  10. Sarita Singh Says:

    Hey, thanks that was really very simple to go through and solve the issue.

    :)

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