Gmail Now Lets You Block Specific People

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Android And Web Hosts Gmail’s New ‘Block Sender’ And ‘Unsubscribe’ Feature.

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.

Google announced today that it is adding one-tap unsubscribe and block options from the overflow menu in Gmail for Android, allowing users to quickly prevent those addresses from returning to one’s inbox. 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. One of those times is when someone you don’t like keeps emailing you — an annoying distant uncle who is somehow under the impression you’ve won the lottery, or someone you ticked off in the comments section of a website at some point. If you took this action more than once, it would essentially function the same as blocking a sender, but there was no easy way to just block someone with the press of a button.

Google has taken steps to address both of these issues by adding a “block” feature for banning specific email addresses — it says the feature has now arrived on Gmail on the Web and will be coming some time next week to Gmail on Android. 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). Also addressed are those subscription emails — in a perfect world, clicking “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the message will remove you from the email list.

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. Henceforth, Google has rolled out the ‘block sender’ and ‘unsubscribe’ option for Android and web users to dismiss unwanted emails permanently. The ‘unsubscribe’ feature in Android can be accessed from the action overflow menu which is located at the top right corner of Gmail, next to the archive and delete button while viewing an individual email.

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