If you don't want to chat with someone in Google Chat, you can block them. You can block direct messages, or block people in spaces and most group messages.
When you block someone:
- If you use a Google Workspace account and the person who you blocked is in your organisation, they can still tell when you're online.
- The person who you blocked can tell that they can't send you messages. To send a message, you need to unblock them.
- Their messages are hidden from you in spaces and group messages. You can unhide messages that you want to view.
- You and the person who you blocked can’t edit any old messages to one another.
- The person is also blocked in certain other Google services.
- Links or attachments that the person sent before you blocked them are still active.
- If you report someone for abuse, a copy of the last 50 messages of your conversation is sent to Google for review.
Block someone in Chat or Gmail
- Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
- On the left, under 'Chat', point to someone’s name and click More options Block and report . If you use a Google Workspace account and the person is in your organisation, this option is Block.
- Optional: To report someone for abuse, tick the box next to 'Also report'. If you use a Google Workspace account, you can only report people outside your organisation.
- To confirm, click Block.
Unblock someone in Chat or Gmail
Block or unblock someone from within a space
Important: You can block someone in the same space without ever messaging them in a 1:1 conversation.
Tip: To hide someone's messages after you block them in a space, you may need to refresh your browser.