Block and report a space

If you experience abusive behaviour in a Google Chat space, you can block and report the space. You can also preview spaces marked as spam, then choose to block or join the space.

Learn what happens when you block a space

When you block a space:

  • Posts that you made in the space stay visible to others.
  • You no longer receive updates from the space.
  • The space won't appear in your 'Spaces' list or space searches.
  • You won't get any future invitation notifications for the space, but your name appears as an invited member.

If you get an invitation to a space that you have blocked:

  • You appear as an invited member, but you won't get any notifications or be added to the space.
  • The space organiser or other members won't know that you have blocked the space.

Tips

  • Blocked users can't add you to a space, nor can you add blocked users to a space.
  • When you unblock a space, you can only rejoin the space if add Add appears in 'Browse spaces'.

Block a space

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chat app or Gmail app .
    • In Gmail: At the bottom, tap Chat .
  2. In the bottom navigation menu, tap Spaces .
  3. Press and hold a space.
  4. Tap Block.

Tips:

  • To report the space as spam or abuse, tick the box next to 'Report this space as spam or abuse'. If you use a Google Workspace account, you can only report spaces outside your organisation.
  • To rejoin a space that you blocked, another member of that space must invite or add you again.

Unblock a space

  1. In Chat, tap Menu and then Settings .
  2. Tap Manage blocked spaces and chats.
  3. Tap Unblock .

Block a space marked as spam

  1. In the bottom navigation menu, tap Spaces  and then New space and then Browse spaces and then More options and then Spam invites.
  2. To preview the space marked as spam, tap on the space.

    Tip: For your protection, you can't download links or view images when you preview the space.

  3. Tap Block.

Join a space marked as spam

  1. In the bottom navigation menu, tap Spaces  and then New space and then Browse spaces and then More options and then Spam invites.
  2. To preview the space marked as spam, tap on the space.

    Tip: For your protection, you can't download links or view images when you preview the space.

  3. Tap Accept.

Tip: When you join a space marked as spam, the spam label is removed and the space is added to your list of joined spaces.

Manage spam space invitations

Space invitations that appear to be spam are filtered into a separate section. You can choose to join or block the space.

You can prevent future invitations from spaces marked as spam if you block the space. If you think that Google wrongly filtered a space as spam, you can still join the space.

Manage spam space invitations

Space invitations that appear to be spam are filtered into a separate section. You can choose to join or block the space.

You can prevent future invitations from spaces marked as spam if you block the space. If you think that Google wrongly filtered a space as spam, you can still join the space.

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