How to Block Someone on Gmail


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. 


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


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


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 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.


  11. Joe Says:

    This is how to filter, not block.

  12. Amanda Gibson Says:

    Thanks so much! The explanation was VERY easy to follow!


  13. Chris Says:

    I take that back. I see that Block Sender freeware only deletes the messages it doesn’t block them.

  14. M Chisholm Says:

    Thank you.

    I started getting unsolicited sexually-oriented emails from someone. As I am happily married, I don’t want that sort of thing!

  15. Sue Says:

    Thank you ;-)

  16. Ramin Says:

    Hello there, I really Appreciate that, thanks a lot, it was useful

  17. Byron Shelley Injeeli Says:

    Thanks. This is coo,

  18. Byron Shelley Injeeli Says:

    Thanks. This is cool.

  19. al Says:

    block means u canot receive or send to the reciver or them t u.. gmail should go way with the filter and just block or spam.. pathetuc

  20. Derrick Says:

    Thank you so much, i hated my inbox because of flooded messages. this is a real deal article

  21. Emilia Says:

    Thank you so much, I was becoming so frustrated trying to get this crazy person to leave me alone. Even if it doesn’t block, I won’t see his emails coming in and my stomach knotting up anymore. Thank you too Jen for the message about the auto response.

  22. Jonatan Says:

    When you block someone, does it just block e-mails from the e-mail address that you specify, or does it also block e-mails from the same user if that same user uses an alternative e-mail address? In other words, can an ex get around the block by creating/using a different e-mail address from the one that you blocked?

  23. Robyn Says:

    How do I know if I have been blocked via email in gmail? If someone has blocked me and I try sending them an email, will I get a message or notification stating that I have been blocked or that I can’t send an email or anything? How will I know?

  24. Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor Says:

    I would have to test this to be sure, but I imagine that would work.

  25. Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor Says:

    There should be no indication to you that you’ve been blocked, if you have been.

  26. Adnamana Says:

    thank you very much

  27. Norm Says:

    This article does not tell one how to block an email address on gmail. It tells you how to filter messages so that they are automatically deleted. Please change the title of your article to correctly reflect the substantial difference between the two.

  28. Tracey Says:

    Thank you, this was helpful, esp read together with Jens comments.

  29. Mary Says:

    That’s not blocking someone, that’s just filtering to the trash, where its still available for viewing. The title of the article is dishonest. Obviously you can’t actually block emails in Gmail. You can only do that in Yahoo. Time to switch to Yahoo mail

  30. Marija Says:

    oh jesus, thank you so much !

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