Gmail has a new ‘block sender’ option

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gmail Adds Address Blocking, Adds Unsubscribe To Android.

Google said Tuesday that users will now be able to “block” specific email addresses—except that they’re not really blocked, and Google already has more powerful tools to eradicate offensive email that are already in Gmail.Google on Tuesday finally introduced a block sender feature, which will help you keep your Gmail inbox devoid of messages from people with whom you don’t want to converse. As of Tuesday, “blocking” an email will actually send an email from that specific email address to the spam folder—where it will technically live on, even if no one really checks their spam folder.

So whenever you’re getting a lot of email from somebody who is being annoying, you can now easily ban them from your inbox (and after they show remorse, you can unblock them again). Gmail now lets you block specific email addresses with the click of a button — the feature is rolling out today to Gmail on the Web, and will arrive in the Android app “over the next week.” The block sender option does exactly what you’d expect: It puts the email address into a block list that tells Gmail, “Never show messages from this person again.” Future emails from blocked addresses go in the spam folder, and you can always unblock the sender in Gmail’s settings. Email is still one of the most popular ways of correspondence, but sometimes an email arrives that you just don’t want to see, specifically when it comes from the same address over and over again. “Currently, this feature is exclusive to Gmail Desktop and Android app”. Microsoft’s Outlook app for Office allows you to “Junk” an email—either from the specific sender or the sender’s domain—something that Google’s Gmail doesn’t allow. In the web app, the block feature is hidden behind the reply button drop-down menu, which isn’t exactly where people will be looking for it (or at least I wasn’t because I assumed it would be part of the ‘more’ menu in the Gmail toolbar).

In March, in an effort to cut down on having to hop from email account to email account, Google began offering a platform that lets you view all your accounts at once. Meanwhile, in addition to the new block option, the Gmail unsubscribe button is making its way to Android with this update, letting you opt out of mailing lists directly from the app. The company said it is using “an artificial neural network to detect and block the especially sneaky spam — the kind that could actually pass for wanted mail.”

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