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How to Block People on Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook and Other Email Services

Updated on September 16, 2016
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How do I block someone from emailing me? Well, you must have asked this question at some point in your life if you are a user of email services and have been wanting to stop some people from contacting you through the electronic method.

There are many reasons why you would want to prevent people from sending you emails. One of the main reasons is to stop spamming on your account. Your inbox looks bad when it is filled with spam, and the only way you can keep it clean is by obstructing spammers.

Another good reason for blocking people on email is when you want to avoid them. If you have parted ways with your partner (girlfriend, boyfriend, fiancé) or divorced, you can decide to ignore them on this electronic channel of communication.

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This article is all about how to block someone from emailing you on Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, iCloud, Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird and other messaging services. So read on to see how to cut communication with people you have parted ways or to avoid those annoying fellows.

Note: I have used synonyms for Block such as Prevent, Ignore, Hide, Obstruct and Limit.

How to Block Someone from Emailing You on Gmail

Google doesn’t have a straightforward way to obstruct addresses on its communication service, but you can set up filters to keep your inbox free from unwanted messages. You can also make use of its browser (chrome) to ignore contacts.

Setting up filters: Gmail> Triangle icon (top right-hand side)> All mail (drop down window)> Enter sender’s address> Create filter with this search> Delete it.

From open message: Inbox> Select sender’s messages> More icon> Filter messages like this> Confirm search information> Create filter with this search> Delete it.

Chrome extension: Download Block Sender for Gmail> Select sender’s message> Block button.

(Note: You can undo this from the confirmation message).

To unblock: Inbox> Settings> Filters> Delete.

Report spam: Sender’s message> Check box> Report spam (the spam will not appear again in your inbox).

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Blocking Yahoo Emails

You can obstruct hundreds of addresses and domains that send unwanted emails on Yahoo. See how you can stop someone from sending you messages on Yahoo.

Yahoo! Mail account> Gear icon (top right corner)> Settings> Blocked addresses> Enter address to ignore> Block button.

Note: You can obstruct the entire domain to block all its usernames. To do this, just enter the domain address.

To undo obstruction: Highlight the restricted address> Click remove button.

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How to Block Someone on Outlook

There are two ways you can avoid unwanted messages when using this Microsoft service.

- Obstruct a sender by address: Sender’s message> Check or Open it> Sweep from toolbar> Delete all from… (Or place cursor over the sender’s name to access “Delete all from” and then follow this path): Delete all from> Also block future messages> Delete all.

- Obstruct any address: Gear icon (settings)> More mail settings> Preventing junk email> Safe and blocked senders> Blocked senders> Blocked email addresses or domain> Enter address to ignore.

Note: You can also obstruct domains to ignore all addresses associated with the domains.

Restrict spam: Report junk emails and phishing scams. This will trigger spam filters to keep unwanted messages away from your inbox.

How to Block People on Hotmail and Prevent Them from Sending You Messages

Although hotmail is now Outlook, the former can still work. See how to ignore senders and contacts when using this service.

- General way: Outlook account> Mail settings (gear icon)> More mail settings> Preventing junk messages> Safe and blocked senders> Blocked senders> Enter address or domain to ignore.

Yeah, the process looks like that of Outlook.

- Obstructing contact: Hotmail account> Gear symbol (settings)> More mail settings> Preventing junk messages> Safe and blocked senders> Blocked senders> Enter contact address> Add to list.

Ignore People on Outlook Express

Inbox> Sender’s email (right click)> Junk email (hover cursor)> Add Sender to Blocked Senders List> Yes.

Remove sender or domain: Tools menu> Message Rules> Block senders list> Blocked sender> Click name or domain> Remove.

Obstruct Unwanted Contacts with iCloud

iCloud account> Mail menu> Settings (gear icon)> Add a rule> Enter address or domain to ignore> Move to trash> Done.

To undo the process: iCloud account (login)> Action menu> Rules> Select rule to change> Change a rule> Info button> Specify new filtering conditions> Done.

Mozilla Thunderbird

With this service, you need to create rules and filters to obstruct messages.

- Restrict address: Tools> Message filters> New> Enter filter name> Apply filter when (make sure the tabs change to “From” & “Is”)> Enter address to block> Perform these actions> Move message to> Delete message> OK.

- Restrict domain: Click “Is”> “Ends with”> Enter domain address> Move message to> Delete message> Delete from POP server> OK.

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How to Prevent Someone from Emailing You on AOL

AOL account> Settings> Spam controls> Spam Filters by Address> Custom> Block mail from> Enter address to block> Green + icon> Add filter> Add address> Save.

Zoho (2 Ways)

Settings> Mail settings> Common settings> Anti-spam> Enter address or domain to obstruct> Plus button> Save.

Set up a filter: Sender’s message> Add to> Filter> Click these icons (X, -)> Perform these actions> Show more options> Delete the message> Save.

Mac OS X

Mail account> Preferences> Rules> Add rule> From contains (change to this)> Enter address> Delete message> Description> OK.

Blocking People on Yandex (2 Ways)

- Yandex account> All settings (gear icon)> Message filtering> Blacklist> Enter address> Add.

- Sender’s message (open)> Add to blacklist.

Unblock: Yandex account> All settings> Message filtering> Blacklist> Check the address to undo> Delete from the list.

Inbox account> Settings> Black/White list> Enter address or domain> Block.


Optonline account> Preferences (upper right corner)> Blocked sender list> Enter address or domain to ignore> Delete or Spam folder> Save.

To unblock: Blocked senders> Sender’s address> Remove.

Blocking Users on Fastmail

Fastmail account> Advanced> Folders> Choose "As non-spam"> Create and name a folder> Mark as "As spam"> Set it to> "Purge 7 days old".

Hushmail (2 Ways)

Hushmail account> Domain (left side) > Configure (allow and block list button).

Hushmail account> Spam control> Manage your allow and block lists.

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hushmail e-mail service | Source

How to Block People from Sending You Emails on MSN

MSN account> Help & Settings> Settings> Email address box> Enter address or domain to obstruct> Block.

Either way (address or domain), you will receive genuine messages to your inbox and unwanted ones to the spam folder.

How to Block People from Emailing You on Comcast

Sender's message (right click)> New Filter> Enter Filter name> Minus button at the end of subject row (click)> Perform the following actions> Discard.

In Conclusion...

Many email services have been developed in the recent past, and some of the not-so-well-known platforms do not have reliable ways to block unsolicited or unwanted messages. If you are using these services, you will have to rely on their spam filter systems.

Some services that do not have reliable ways to obstruct messages include: Lycos, Goowy, My Way, Care 2, Juno, MySpace, and GMX.

Make use of the block features provided in the email services to stop some people from contacting you. You don’t have to be stressed by spammers and other people who cannot add value to your life. Keep your inbox clean by redirecting spam to the right folder. Use a blocking method that suits your service to obstruct these annoying people. Have peace of mind by cutting communication with naggers, offenders and harassing people.

Have you ever blocked someone on gmail, yahoo or any other email service?

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    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 23 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very useful information. I receive spam messages from unknown people and they all show up in my spam folder of my Gmail. I wonder how people are able to send messages like that. They invite for chatting, etc. I delete them immediately on opening my computer without clicking on them.