How to Block Contacts on Gmail

by Angela M. Wheeland
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Creating an email block list can help you increase protection and privacy for your Gmail account. If you want to reduce or eliminate spam, Gmail contains a filtering system that gives you the authority to choose which emails are delivered to your inbox. These filters allow you to stipulate specific email filters such as sender's email address, email subjects and words contained in an email, and designate an appropriate action. To block an email from a specific contact, you can create an email filter that automatically deletes the emails sent from the sender's email address.

Step 1

Sign in to your Gmail account.

Step 2

Click the "Create a filter" link located to the right of the "Search Mail" field.

Step 3

Enter the contact's email address in the "From" field. Click "Next Step."

Click the box "Delete it" and click "Create Filter."


  • To unblock the contact, click the "Create a Filter" link and then click "Show current filters." Click "Delete" next to the filter.


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About the Author

Angela M. Wheeland specializes in topics related to taxation, technology, gaming and criminal law. She has contributed to several websites and serves as the lead content editor for a construction-related website. Wheeland holds an Associate of Arts in accounting and criminal justice. She has owned and operated her own income tax-preparation business since 2006.

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