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Gmail Tips: How to block spam emails from your Gmail

If you’re really bothered by those pop-up emails, newsletters, and other spam that make you want to unsubscribe in bulk, here are a few ideas to help.

If you’re a Gmail user, deleting spam must have been a part of your life. Whenever you sign up, your inbox fills up with unread emails – random emails, newsletters, sales emails, spam emails, promotional emails and more.

You will agree with me when I say that these emails will surely annoy you at times and you may need to delete them if you want to free up space in your inbox.

However, manually deleting the emails can be a tedious process as spam mail flow is surely endless. Additionally, when these spam emails clutter up the inbox, we miss out on some of the important emails. Therefore, we must take smart steps to keep our inboxes spam-free. Here are a few steps to empty the inbox and have a smooth Gmail experience:

Unsubscribe from emails from a specific sender

  1. Log in to Gmail
  2. Select all spam emails which you would like to unsubscribe from
  3. Click on the I icon which is at the top where you will see the options of ‘Report spam’ or ‘Report spam and unsubscribe’.
  4. You will have to go through the listed IDs and if you find nothing important there, then choose the Report spam option or the option to unsubscribe.
  5. Post this, you will not get any emails from the blocked email accounts.

If that seems tedious to you, you can also create filters to detect spam emails. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Gmail
  2. Click on the search box which is on the top of the page
  3. Type unsubscribe to list all promotional emails
  4. Select all of the spam emails you are willing to unsubscribe from, but you will have to make sure to cross-check in case there is a newsletter or mail which you prefer to use in your emails
  5. Click on the three dots placed at the top of the page
  6. There, choose Filter messages
  7. Now click on the create filter option to choose the action which you would be interested to take on the selected emails. If you would like to automatically delete the emails, then you could click on the Create a filter option and choose the Delete it option.

Also, you will get a popup at the bottom letting you know that a filter has been created too.

Besides deleting, you can also filter these emails by applying labels or marking them as read.

Use a temporary email ID

We tend to share our primary Gmail account details on random sites — maybe for shopping, exploring, or binge-watching. But when we share our IDs with multiple third parties, we run the risk of receiving spam emails.

Sometimes these spam emails look legitimate and you may end up clicking on the phishing links that might pose a risk to your personal information.

So instead of using a primary Gmail ID on a third-party site, you could create a temporary email ID to protect yourself from spam emails and newsletters.

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