There are many legitimate reasons to block an email sender. Maybe they are a pesky scammer, maybe they continue to send you irrelevant press releases, or maybe they're an old acquaintance you just don't want to deal with anymore.
Unfortunately, blocking an email address on your iOS device – be it iPhone or iPad, is not as straightforward as you want it to be. That's probably why you had to search online for an answer and why you're here now.
Fortunately, help is available. Let's take a look at how to block email on iPhone.
Why can't I block using email?
Apple's Mail app is a basic but useful email client. It is designed with several e-mail providers in mind, so there is no access to any size that fits the e-mail blocking. The way each email provider handles this feature is different so you can't block senders just by swiping or pressing a button in the app.
Therefore, it is best to think of Mail as an interface for your email provider rather than an extension of the service itself. Blocking a contact on iPhonedoes not necessarily prevent them from reaching you by email, even if you have their email address listed in the contact information. Blocking in iOS only affects phone calls, FaceTime, and messages.
Other email programs will go into the same limitations unless they are developed by the service provider. If you have multiple email accounts, you can end up with multiple email programs on your device for this reason.
Most email filtering takes place on the server. Instead of letting your email reach your inbox and then redirecting it elsewhere, the email provider prevents the message from reaching your inbox by capturing it as soon as it arrives.
To block mail this way, you need access to the mail provider's facilities. The easiest way to block an email sender is to sign in with a desktop browser so you can access the full package of features.
However, you can block an email address on the iPhone as well. Let's see how to block email messages in several popular iPhone mail programs.
1. Block Gmail Messages on iPhone
In Gmail, the best way to block a sender is with the phone, to download the free Gmail app from the App Store. You can also use Safari to access the desktop version (more on this later), but in the case of Gmail that doesn't work from a mobile device.
How to block a sender in Gmail for iOS:
- Download the Gmail app from the App Store, launch it and sign in.
- Find an email from the sender you want to block and tap it.
- Touch the three points in the upper right corner of the message.
- Select Block "[sender]" from the drop-down menu.
You don't have to use the Gmail app to browse your email, but it can be worth keeping it around if you often have to block a sender on your mobile device. If you sign in to Gmail via a web browser, you can use the same method as above to block an email address.
2. Block senders via Webmail in Safari
Most large webmail providers allow you to log in from a mobile device to access a mobile version of your inbox. From here you can request the desktop version by pressing and holding Update the button in Safari, and then press Request Desktop Page . Impressed? Check out several Safari tips.
For Gmail, this will still not give you access to blocking features. But for most other major email providers, including Apple's own iCloud, Yahoo! Mail and Microsoft Outlook – You can access the email blocking feature from a mobile browser.
To block a message server page, log in to your email provider using a web browser, request the desktop and follow these instructions:
- iCloud: Touch Settings gear in the lower left corner, then select Rules . Select Add a rule and create a new If a message is from the rule for that email address. Select Move to trash and mark as Read for the action.
- Yahoo! Mail: Tap Settings in the upper right corner of your inbox, and then click More Settings . Select Security and Privacy and then look at Blocked Addresses and click + Add .
- Outlook: Settings in the upper right corner, then select See full settings followed by Options Options . On the next screen, click Mail> Junk Email followed by Blocked Senders and add any addresses you want to block.
Remember: If you have trouble using the desktop website on your mobile device, try logging in from a web browser on a Mac or PC. We've covered how to set up filters in Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlookto help you start.
3. Try using the vendor's iOS app
Like Google, most providers have their own dedicated iPhone apps that provide access to many platform-specific features. If you can stomach with another email app on the iPhone, it is probably worth downloading the vendor's app and using it to access features that the standard Mail app cannot.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to test all mail providers on the web. On the plus side, these postal service companions are almost always free, so it will only cost a few minutes of your time to find out.
Email blocking on iPhone: Not so easy
As we have seen, you have three options if you want to maintain a healthy mailing list from your iOS device:
- Download the vendor's app and hope it has blocked functionality built-in.
- Sign in with Safari and request the desktop version of the page every time you want to block an email address.
- Wait until you get back to a computer and do it from there.
If you take the first option, make sure you keep your messages in check or you receive additional alerts for each new email you receive. Learn how to check your iOS notificationsfor a better iPhone experience.
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