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 with this simple guide.

Blocking a Gmail sender involves three basic actions:

  1. Open a message from the unwanted sender.
  2. Select "Block [Sender Name]" from the message dropdown menu.
  3. Confirm your choice.

Step-by-Step Instructions with Screenshots

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 Block (Sender Name) from the list that drops down.

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5. Press Block to confirm.

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 You will stop receiving emails from this person. If you have blocker's remorse and want to hear from your contact again, follow these steps.

How to Unblock

1. Click the gear Settings icon on the top right of your inbox. 

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6. Select Settings

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7. Tap the Filters And Blocklist link.

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8. Click Unblock at the end of the row of the sender you wish to reinstate.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low, LAPTOP Staff Writer
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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  • Paul P. Says:

    Is there a way to "unblock" senders whose items end up in GMail spam "because this message is similar ... in our filters?" These senders do not appear in my blocked list.

  • S B Singh Says:

    This is not blocking the senders but it is diverting their mail into the spam folder.It is better to have a blacklist as provided in mobile phone calls.

  • LindaCRH Says:

    This does me no good because the emails still come through. True, they are in my spam, but I DON'T WANT SOME EMAILS TO COME THROUGH AT ALL!!! I get hundreds and hundreds of emails directed to my spam folder every day, and if a legitimate email gets into the spam folder accidentally, it is IMPOSSIBLE TO SPOT. Plus, there are terrible, perverted emails that land in spam and I'd rather they not come into my account at all. Hotmail has a feature that allows you to ABSOLUTELY BLOCK a sender so that they don't land in the inbox and the don't land in the spam folder either. And don't tell me to use "filters" in gmail because once you start using filters, things start malfunctioning big time. I am about to stop using gmail altogether because they don't allow me control over unwanted emails.

  • Abid Hussain Says:

    I have to call first. But I repeat that I have been getting e-mail

  • Abid Hussain Says:

    i have subscribed some sites but now i want to unsubscribe these mail it's appear in my spam folder kindly suggest me how i can do this Thanks

  • Robin Says:

    Is there a way to block a person so that the person knows that he's blocked? I can create filters all day, but as long as they're getting through, regardless of where they're going, this person is going to continue to email me. I remember AOL used to have a feature, that if you blocked, the person would be messaged that they're email failed.

  • Deepashri Burkule Says:

    Thanks cherlynn low madam your article helped me a lot. May God bestow you all successes in your life ,very nice family life for your future.God bless You madam.

  • Ryooo Says:

    Very helpful, simple, effective - thanks!

  • Laena Says:

    I see I can block someone in regular inbox but spam I would like that to actually stay empty. I get inappropriate site's and I actually called one number and they blocked my email. Is there away to permanently block these site's from coming into my email's? My Gmail is constantly filling up

  • Jamie Says:

    Thank you so much for this help, I've been stalked by some psycho for months now, I'm happy to know I can rid myself of him and his sickening emails.

  • shafiq Says:

    I want block this email because this email hack my accounts my email please help me block this email

  • Wee chye Says:

    Dear Cherlynn Low,

    I want to stop receiving the forwarded emails from someone 's gmail address . Pls tell me how to ? Can I set it up at my gmail account ?

    Thank you so much

    Wee Chye

  • Marie Says:

    I don't have that option (Block) plus from what I've read below, this doesn't really work. How do you block a person from sending you emails.

  • JeanBougie Says:

    A good way to block a sender in gmail is to use a tool like Spameo Chrome Extension

  • NancyJ Says:

    This "Block" option in the dropdown is misleading and shouldn't say "Block so-and-so" should say what it is, "Send so-and-so to Spam".

    I have to look through my Spam folder all the time before deleting mail because despite marking senders as "Not Spam" they still sometimes end up in my Inbox.

    I don't want to us the current "Block" feature just to see the email again when I go through my Spam folder.

    This is not Blocking email, it's filtering it. Other email providers offer true Blocking, where it is returned to the Sender as Undeliverable. I don't know why Gmail doesn't get on board.

  • Sealsaregood Says:

    Gmail: The "Block this message DOES NOT APPEAR in the dropdown. Ie, there IS NO OPTION to Block Sender!

  • Katie Says:

    If my Gmail address has been blocked by the recipient, how do I know whether she still can read my emails to her?

  • _deco_ Says:

    as Phatman has stated, this is not blocking, this is just a way to create a filter for moving messages to spam folder. This is quite unuseful.

  • Phatman Says:

    This doesn't block the sender it just diverts their mail into the spam folder. To block a sender you have create a mail server blacklist. It's better to create a filter to automatically delete mail from the sender.

  • Ian.. Says:

    Thank you, this has given me back my peace of mind!

  • Dave lucas Says:

    Well my sister has stalker he has hacked into her phone and her husband's phone mine and our whole family if anyone can help us block our Gmail accounts hacked please let us know

  • Marija Says:

    oh jesus, thank you so much !

  • 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

  • Tracey Says:

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

  • 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.

  • Adnamana Says:

    thank you very much

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Derrick Says:

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

  • 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

  • Byron Shelley Injeeli Says:

    Thanks. This is cool.

  • Byron Shelley Injeeli Says:

    Thanks. This is coo,

  • Ramin Says:

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

  • Sue Says:

    Thank you ;-)

  • 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!

  • Chris Says:

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

  • Amanda Gibson Says:

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


  • Joe Says:

    This is how to filter, not block.

  • Sarita Singh Says:

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


  • Niwso Says:

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

  • 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).

  • Cyndi Says:

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • Moustafa Antar Says:

    Thanks for this simple easily made illustration.

  • 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?

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