Block emails in Gmail, Outlook and iOS

Nobody likes spam emails. Nowadays, mail programs can easily fish out unwanted mails, but you can't escape that every now and then one still gets through. Fortunately, there are some extra steps you can take to block emails. We give some tips for Gmail, Outlook and the iOS Mail app.

Tip 01 Gmail

On the online version of Gmail, you can directly block specific senders by right-clicking on the junk email and block [name] to choose. From now on, all emails from this sender will be in spam so you can still view them if you want.

Do you not want to see e-mails from a certain sender, so also not as spam? Then click on the downward pointing arrow next to the button To answer at the top right of the email and select Filter posts like this. A pop-up will appear, in which you can select Create filter with this search should choose, and then select Skip Inbox (Archive). The email will still exist, but you won't come across it just like that.

If you really do not want to receive e-mails from someone at all, choose the option in the pop-up from the previous step remove instead of Skip Inbox (Archive). The email will then be deleted immediately and will be automatically deleted permanently after 30 days.

If you temporarily do not want to receive e-mails from a certain sender, you can ignore a conversation by right-clicking on an e-mail and then clicking on IgnoreResponses to that email will no longer end up in your inbox, but you can search for the conversation if you want to find it.

Tip 02 Outlook

On the online version of Outlook, you can create a rule that ensures that emails from a certain sender go directly to Deleted Items instead of your inbox.

Select a message from the sender you want to block and click the button Actions at the top right of the message. Choose Create rule. The default rule right away is to delete all messages from that sender. So you don't have to do anything else.

Tip 04 Android and Windows

In the e-mail app for Android it is in some cases possible to block senders. This depends on the phone model you have. The instructions for this may therefore differ per manufacturer and model. However, you can also go to the website of your e-mail client and create a rule there that ensures that messages from a certain sender will no longer end up in your inbox.

The Windows 10 and Windows Phone app do not currently offer the ability to block senders directly from the app. For this you will have to go to the Outlook website and create a rule. This will then be translated to the app, so that from now on you will no longer receive e-mail messages from this sender via the app.

Tip 04 iOS

You can only block emails in the iOS Mail app when using iCloud. To do this, you need to navigate to and click Mail click. Click on it gearicon at the bottom left and choose Add a Rule. Select at If message the option is from and type the email address you want to block. Then click then on the drop-down menu and choose Move to Trash. From now on, all emails from this sender will be automatically moved to the Trash.

Report junk mail

If you continue to receive unwanted emails from a particular sender, you can also report such spam. You can do this at The Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets collects complaints about spam on this website. If there are many reports, strict action is taken in many cases. Phishing messages, in which the sender tries to steal your personal data, cannot be tackled by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets.

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