Gmail now lets you block specific email addresses, unsubscribe from …

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gmail Adds Address Blocking, Adds Unsubscribe To Android.

We all have that list of, like, ten people who email us about crap we don’t care about — or just don’t want to see. 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). Hopefully it doesn’t happen often — but when it does, you should be able to say, ‘Never see messages from this person again,'” product manager Sri Harsha Somanchi wrote in a blog post. In the past the best you could do was move the mail to another folder, and although this does do the job, sometimes something a little more final is required. Emails from blocked addresses will automatically be dumped into the spam folder, users will always have the option to unlock that address through Settings whenever they feel like it.

Block Sender will allow you to stop receiving mail from a sender you do not wish to keep in contact with by blocking their email address, although all the mail sent by a blocked user will be redirected to your Spam folder for future assessment. 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). This might be a bit confusing, so we asked Google to lay it out for us: Blocking a sender will result in having all future messages from a specific email address be moved directly to spam. The feature was available in most of the major social networking and communication platforms and it was only a matter of time until it landed on Gmail. It does not hurt the reputation of that sender. ‘Report spam’, however, provides feedback to Gmail on the nature of the email and helps it improve its classification overall.

Some have commented on how rather odd it is to have placed the block button in the reply menu; after all replying is probably the last thing you want to do. Aside from this the unsubscribe feature is also making its way to Android, this will enable users to opt out of eligible mailing lists from within the Gmail app itself. Update: “No ETA yet for an iOS or mobile web launch,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. “Currently, this feature is exclusive to Gmail Desktop and Android app.” Both these features help you avoid unwanted emails in your Gmail inbox.

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