Gmail Now Lets You Easily Block Annoying Senders

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gmail Adds Address Blocking, Adds Unsubscribe To Android.

Here is a small but useful new feature in Gmail that’s launching today: you can now block specific email addresses with two clicks. Google is rolling out an update to its Gmail for Android application, bringing two new features that will help manage your email much more easily. “Block Sender” and “Unsubscribe” functionality is coming to the app, allowing you to quickly block or unsubscribe from unwanted mailing lists. 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.

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. Unsubscribing from mailing lists is one of the most annoying parts of email in today’s age, and giving users the ability to do this in just a few taps will make managing your inbox a breeze. 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. 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.

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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