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How to Block an Email Address on your Gmail Account

Updated on July 6, 2013

Sometimes, we get too many spam emails from other people. And worst scenario is somebody you know is sending you abusive and unfriendly emails. Even with your requests to further stop the spamming of abusive emails on your inbox, the sender just wouldn’t stop annoying you.

Although you cannot entirely "block" an email address from sending you messages on your Gmail account, there are ways however to send the messages directly to Trash so you don’t have to deal with it anymore.

So it's basically like blocking an email address because you wouldn’t know that you have received an email on that particular sender.

So you think that changing your email address is your only option for you to stop reading those 'crazy' messages. Well, I almost thought about changing my email once because of these abusive messages that somebody is sending me.

But my Gmail account holds many important emails and email addresses and I used it as a contact email on my other internet-related agendas.

But after a long work inside my Gmail account, I found not only one but two option how can you get rid of those unwanted messages plus to let them know that you are not reading any of her or his messages.

Option 1: A simple deletion and sending it to trash right away

This is a simpler way on how not to read the email when it comes, then it will be automatically sent into the Trash.


1. At the top-most right of your Gmail account page, click the arrow-down and choose Settings.

2. On the Settings page, click the “Filter Tab”, then “Create New Filter”.

3. A form will appear and you will have to enter the email address of the person you want to block. For example, I choose annoying_person@aroundtheworld.com.

At the right bottom of the form, click again “Create filter with this search” and will direct you into this form again.

4. Check the box “Mark as read” and “Delete It”. Then “Create filter”.

5. So your Filter was already created. So from now on, “annoying_person” emails will be marked as read and be sent to trash directly.

Note: Please take note that the email is not automatically deleted on your trash. Automatic clearing of trash will take 30 days before it will be completely deleted.

So you’re now okay. You already got rid of spammers and their messages won’t bother you anymore. But I also got another option, and this time, telling the spammer to back off.

Option 2: Deletion of emails from Inbox; automatic sending to Trash and having the person know they are blocked or you are not receiving any messages from him or her.

Wouldn’t it be nice that the person’s abusing or harassing you thru email will get a response that their messages are not read or you are not accepting their spams? So if you’re up for a little fun on them, continue reading the steps.


6. On your Gmail Settings, go to “Labs” tab and scroll down to find “Canned Responses”. Check the “Enable” radio button to activate.

7. Don’t forget to SAVE the changes. The Save button is found at the very bottom and you need to scroll down at the last table.

8. So after the “Canned Responses” is enabled, we are going to write a response message whenever the offending party sends you an email. Hit the “Compose” button. Don’t worry about the “To” or the “Subject”.

It is up to you what to tell them but for the meantime, here are a few suggestions:

*Your message has been returned unopened. The receiver is not accepting any messages from you.

* Your message was not delivered. Please try again later.


Or maybe a little funny serious one that says

*Your message is detected as a spam. Authorities are now monitoring your IP address.

*Another attempt to send a message will result on your email account to be blocked.


Or any personal message that you want the offender to receive.

After you hit compose, write the response you want.

9. A new small window will appear prompting you to enter a new name on your “Canned Responses”.

Enter any name (Annoying for me) and click OK.

10. Its okay to not save it since you already save it on a Canned Responses box. Hit Discard.

11. Then go to Settings again, click “Filter”. As you can see under the “Matches”, we only have 3 processes for clearing the email: Skip Inbox, Mark as read and Delete it.

We need to add our “Canned Responses” message in order for them to get a response.

12. Click the “Edit” button, and then another window will appear. Click “Continue” at the bottom.

13. Check the box for “Send Canned Responses”. Choose “Annoying” (or whatever you named the Canned Responses you’ve created awhile ago (or you may refer to #9)).

Click “Update Filter”.

14. So now, the filter was updated and another step for “Canned Responses” was already added.


© 2013 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks again DDE :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and always needed to block of spammers thanks for this information.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you so much for reading Dianna!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Clever way to get around those unwanted emails! Thanks for sharing this method.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello, Marina. Thank you so much for this comment. Please drop me an email of your list pls. I will be happy to share what I know :) You can send me your email address or you can send me a mail (on my profile, there's a fan mail tab there and when you clicked it, you can see "send unknown spy an email". Thanks much!

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      Marina G Corbin 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Do you also know other things about Google. I have a list of things I need to know. If you do let me know I give you the list. You are so knowledgeable. Thank you.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you for reading sue.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Myz,

      Very interesting and informative.

      Voted up and sharing

      Take care :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you so much Vinaya!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much for reading Jackie.. wow, that's scary..that's why i never store or exchange confidential emails thru any email provider.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I normally deleted unwanted messages without reading. Thanks for this informative article.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have heard commercials lately that claim Gmail is like a spy email that let places in to read your mail and send you spam according to your discussions etc? Just thought I would mention this...since you are a spy. lol Seriously I did hear that but can't remember what email they recommended and would like to know.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello torrilynn.

      thanks a lot for reading and for the comment.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi unknown spy,

      thanks for this article on blocking an email

      adress i think that it is important in not receiving

      those offending emails that you dont want to see.

      thanks again and voted up.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you thank you Amanda!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thanks for reading Rajan.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Eddy!

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      Amandamaciejewski 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this love t

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for this very useful hub and very explanatory visuals. Voted up and useful.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and useful.

      This type of article I find essential and you certainly did a great job on this one.

      Eddy.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this info.

    • unknown spy profile image
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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Deb for reading!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Rosemay, that is one great shortcut! thanks a lot for the info :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Dwachira, thank you for reading! i am glad you found this useful.,its not ignorance..you just missed it. :)

    • unknown spy profile image
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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi, Tom! glad to see drop on my hub again. Thank you so much!

    • unknown spy profile image
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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you for reading Bumpsysmum... :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Faith! This is a really good way to filter emails from someone so annoying or being unfriendly. For your question, you mean if you dont have a gmail account? you can check the settings though. im trying write about yahoo too :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All good ideas for unwanted e-mail. E-mail providers now have a lot of ways so that we can protect ourselves.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You can also create the filter direct within the email from the dropdown button next to the reply on the right without having to go to settings.

      I didn't know about the canned response though that is an awesome tip for spam mail.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx for the info, Spy. I have so much crap sitting in my gmail account and didn't know how to get rid of it without going thru each one!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi unknown spy,

      Honestly i use Gmail everyday but i never knew there are such options...ignorance? This is such a detailed "How to" with easy to follow instructions. Voted up and useful.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi unknown,

      If one does not have a "gmail" account, but another account, I guess it would work along the same lines, without having to change one's email address? Just curious if you know.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great and useful information within this well written hub. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Bumpsysmum 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Comprehensive and useful Hub. This kind of email is very annoying and many people don't know how to sidestep them, this will be very helpful, well done.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, unknown,

      This is a very a informative hub here. I was just thinking about changing my email, and so thank you very much for the extensive hub explaining the great ways to stop those unwanted annoying emails from people you don't know or from someone you do, who just has nothing better to do but play games and act as if they are another person using another email account!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi karthik! thank you for the comment!

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      interesting hub indeed. Now I know how to block some annoying spams I get :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Girishpuri!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very Useful hub. You have given me the proper way to block the concerned problem, Thank you so much.