Block & report someone

If you don't want to chat with someone in Google Chat, you can block and report 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 you blocked is in your organization, they can still tell when you're online.
  • The person you blocked can't send you messages. For them to send you a message, you need to unblock them.
  • The messages of a person you’ve blocked are hidden from you in spaces and group messages. You can unhide messages you want to view.
  • A person you’ve blocked can still read any messages sent to the space.
  • You and the person you blocked can’t edit any old messages to one another.
  • The person is also blocked in certain other Google services.
  • Links or attachments 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 are sent to Google for review.
  • You can download messages from a blocked user from your Google Account. Learn how to download your Google data.

Block someone in Chat or Gmail

How to block & report someone in Chat

  1. Go to Chat or Gmail.
  2. On the left, under "Chat," point to someone’s name and click More options and thenBlock & Report "". If you use a Google Workspace account and the person is in your organization, this option is Block.
  3. Optional: To report someone for abuse, check the box next to "Also report." If you use a Google Workspace account, you can only report people outside your organization.
  4. To confirm, click Block.

Unblock someone in Chat or Gmail

  1. Go to Chat or Gmail.
  2. Choose an option:
    • In Chat, at the top, click Settings "" and then Settings and then Manage accounts you have blocked
    • In Gmail, at the top, click Settings "" and then See all settings and then Chat and Meet and then Manage chat settings and thenManage accounts you have blocked.
  3. Select the person from the suggestions.
  4. Click Unblock.

Block or unblock someone in a space

Important: You can block someone in the same space without messaging them 1:1.

  1. Go to Chat or Gmail.
  2. Select the space.
  3. Click the Down arrow  and then Manage members.
  4. Next to the person, click More options .
  5. Click Block or Unblock.

Tip: To hide someone's messages after you block them in a space, you may need to refresh your browser.

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