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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 with this simple guide.

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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. At Gmail.com, enter your email address or phone number and click Next.

2. Enter your password and click Next.

3. Pull up an email from the repeat-offender and click the three dots to the far right of the sender's name.  

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

5. Press Block to confirm.

 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. 

 2. Select Settings.

3. Click Filters And Blocked Addresses.

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

How to Block Someone

Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.