How to stop receiving Spam Emails on Gmail

How do you feel when you take a look at the bulky mails in your Gmail inbox?

Frustrated right! It can be mentally boring or tiresome to have lots of emails staring at you.

Going through them is a drudge. And what makes it even worse is that the bulky spam emails are mixed with the important ones.

Knowing which email is important and not important requires that you open each mail to check out its content.

Most of these spam emails usually have no importance or usefulness in your life.

You might feel that no matter how many you delete they’ll just keep coming back in folds.

Just like the mythological hydra that grows two heads when one of its head is cut off.

If you find yourself in this conundrum, don’t be anxious. This article is filled with brief comprehensive contents and pictorial aids on how to prevent spam emails.

Four steps on how to prevent spam emails

1. Be selective when granting permissions to websites:

How to prevent spam emails-Notifications
Website asking for access

You might have noticed that some websites usually ask if you would like to receive newsletters, notifications or updates.

If you feel that you’ll benefit from the content a website has to offer go ahead and grant permission but if you feel the opposite, do not grant permission.

Most of the emails we receive are the results of permissions we grant some websites.

2. Unsubscribe from unwanted or Spam emails:

What if a website keeps sending you spam emails in form of newsletters, updates, promos, Ads and more? Unsubscribing might be a solution.

Steps on how to unsubscribe:

  • Access the Gmail application on your device.
  • Click the unwanted mail you want to unsubscribe from.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the message.
Unsubscribe from an email
Bottom of the page
  • Click unsubscribe
  • It will take you to a page where you can cancel the subscription or automatically cancel the subscription.
Subscription cancelling page
Page to cancel subscription from quora digest

But if you can’t find unsubscribe, block the person who sent the mail.

Note: In some cases, the mail list might delay before it desists from sending mails to you.

3. Blocking unwanted or spam emails:

In some cases where unsubscribing from an email doesn’t prove to be successful, blocking the person who sent the spam email should be the next step to take.

Steps to block unwanted or spam emails on Gmail:

  • Access the Gmail application on your mobile device.
  • Go straight to the unwanted mail.
  • You should see an icon with three dots in vertical position beside the senders name.
The three dot icon in vertical position
The three dot icon
  • Click on the icon with three dots.

It will display a small page where you’ll see block (Name of the sender/website).

For example, if the sender or website is Quora digest you’ll see something like Block “Quora Digest”

Block(Name of sender)
Block (Name of sender/website)

Also, if you unintentionally blocked a person the guidelines listed above will suffice in unblocking the person.

Or you may see a small box with unblock (Name of the sender/website) written on it.

Any email you block goes straight to a folder known as spam. To clear messages from the spam folder requires just two steps

Spam Folder

Steps to clear messages from the spam folder:

  • Click on the spam folder.
  • Click on empty spam now.
Empty Spam Folder

4. Reporting spam mails:

What if you have tried all the three guidelines explained above and none of them seems to be working.

Reporting the person who sent the mail to google is the next thing to do. Google mail tries its very best to prevent spam mails from entering your inbox.

But nothing is really 100% efficient so some emails or messages can still slip in.

Steps to Report spam mails:

  • Access the Gmail application on your mobile device.
  • Click on the mail you want to report.
  • Click on the three dot icon.
  • It will display a page where were you’ll see report spam.
Report spam
Report spam
  • Click on report spam.

Note:

  • This feature can also be used when there are threat emails involved.
  • The three dots icon which you’ll be clicking is the one at the top of the mail itself not the one beside the name.
  • If you’ve already blocked the person who sent the mail, you should see a picture with a report spam option which you can also click.
Optional report spam
Optional report spam

Also, if an unfamiliar person asks you for informations that are private via email, you can use the report for phishing feature

Steps on how to use this feature:

  • Access your Gmail account on your pc.
  • Select the mail you wish to report.
  • Click the arrowlike icon on top.
  • It should display a small page where you’ll see the report option.
  • Click on it.

Concluding words

In comparison to other articles I’ve written, this article is brief and filled with pictorial aids.

This will make the article more easier to comprehend.

It is my desire that at least one out of the four steps discussed above helps you in warding off spam emails.

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