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How to block emails in Gmail

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to block emails in Gmail

One, two and up to five emails you are not interested in your email inbox every day; no matter how many times you have tried to unsubscribe from these lists, your prayers have not been heard and you continue to receive these emails with the risk of downloading some virus on your computer. If only there was a simple way to block an email address in Gmail - well actually there is!

Rather than getting rid of them one by one every day, you can let technology do the work for you with a simple filter: Gmail automatically forwards all emails marked as "undesirable" to the trash. Alternatively, you can archive these messages and store them on a label where you can review them later. On OneHowTo we show you how to block an email address in Gmail.

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Steps to follow:


In order for Gmail to send messages from a specific sender to the trash automatically:

Click the Settings button (the symbol of the nut) and then Configuration. Once there, go to Filters: Create a filter.

How to block emails in Gmail - Step 1

Enter the email address you want to block in the From field.

How to block emails in Gmail - Step 2

You can block an entire domain by typing the domain address.

For example: To block all mail from both and, type: ""


To block more than one address, separate them with a vertical bar: |

You can block: and by typing " |"


Then click Create a filter with these criteria.


Be sure to select the option "Delete" from the list of actions: "When a message that matches this search query is received"

How to block emails in Gmail - Step 6

Click Create Filter.


Also click on the box below to filter conversations ("Also apply to X conversations matching these criteria") in order to delete messages received earlier.


To archive messages in tags instead of deleting them:

In step 6, instead of clicking "Delete" choose: Skip the Inbox and Apply the label (here you must select the tag you want to go and then revising these emails.

How to block emails in Gmail - Step 9

Adding a new address to the Gmail block list:

To add new senders to your block list, you can add to an existing filter with "|" (as above), or create a new filter. So there you go, now you know how to block an email address in Gmail.

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  • We recommend to always have an antivirus program installed on your computer, to avoid some malicious emails and forwards that can hurt your machine.
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How do you block spam emails using the via address, as in this example? via
Wow Amazing Article. Thanks for sharing us this knowledge. Your Article is really helpful for me. Thank you so much
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Ali,

We're glad we could be helpful!
Denis Hebert
Gmail is suppose to have a upside down symbol in the right top corner which has a pull down menu to block unwanted e-mails but I do not have it on my gmail. What's the story? Do I have to download an update?
Michael Riley (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi Denis, its possible the layout may be slightly different depending on what version of Gmail you are using and your browser - if you try and find the settings page you should be able to see a section called filters and then you just need to follow the steps in the article. Hope this helps!
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