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Block unwanted emails

If you’re getting emails you don’t want in your Gmail inbox, you can block or unsubscribe from the sender, or report the message to Gmail. 

Note: If someone uses Gmail to harass, intimidate, or threaten you, they're violating Gmail's Program Policies. If you feel that you're in danger, contact your local authorities right away, and ask whether any cyber harassment laws apply to your situation.

Block an email address

When you block someone, messages they send you will go to your Spam folder.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Open the message.
  3. In the top right, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Click Block [sender].

If you blocked someone by mistake, you can unblock them using the same steps.

Remove & block spam from my inbox

Gmail tries to keep spam out of your inbox, but sometimes messages get through. If you see a spam message in your inbox:

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Check the box to the left of the message or open the message.
  3. Near the top of the page, click Report Spam Report spam.
Unsubscribe from a mailing list

If you signed up on a site that sends lots of updates, like emails about upcoming sales, you can subscribe from these emails.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Open an email from the sender you want to unsubscribe from.
  3. Next to the sender's name, click Unsubscribe or Change preferences. If you don't see these options, follow the steps above to block the sender or mark the message as spam.

Note: It may take a few days for the mailing list to stop sending you messages after you unsubscribe.

A suspicious email asked for personal information

If you see a suspicious email asking for personal information, you can report the email for phishing.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Open an email from the sender you want to unsubscribe from.
  3. In the top right, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Click Report phishing.

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