Google Lets Gmail Users Block Annoying Senders

E-mail can be annoying -- and it's not just spam. In a digital age where your e-mail address is sometimes difficult to keep private, you can be greeted with hate mail from strangers -- or even unpleasant e-mail from people you know.

"Sometimes you get mail from someone whoEUs really disruptive," said Sri Harsha Somanchi, product manager at Google, in a post on the Official Gmail Blog. "Hopefully it doesnEUt happen often but when it does, you should be able to say, 'Never see messages from this person again.'"

Now, you can. At least in theory. Gmail lets you block nasty, troublesome or otherwise unwanted e-mail. Google has rolled out a new feature that lets you block specific e-mail addresses in Gmail. The feature is available right now for Web mail and will roll out over the next week for Android.

Where Does It Go?

That's good news to hundreds of people who get e-mail they don't want that just won't quit, even messages from senders who put you on their lists but don't have unsubscribe buttons at the bottoms of their messages.

When you enable this feature, all future e-mail the blocked person sends you will go to your spam folder. The downside of that approach is that if you get e-mail on your iPhone you will still see it pop up so this isn't an entirely effective solution for those who never want to see a person's e-mail address again.

If you change your mind about the sender, you can always unblock that person -- It's just a matter of going to your settings and flipping a switch (or clicking a button, as it were).

"In addition, the unsubscribe option is now making its way to Android, so youEUll be able to opt out of eligible mailing lists directly from the Gmail app," Somanchi...

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