If you’re anything like most Gmail users, you may find your inbox filled with spam emails from time to time, making it difficult to spot important messages. Fortunately, Gmail offers several tools and options to keep unwanted emails at bay. Let’s take a look at how you can stop Gmail spam.
Step 1: Use Gmail’s Built-In Spam Filter
Gmail’s built-in spam filter is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal. It’s designed to automatically move suspected spam emails into a separate folder.
However, sometimes legitimate emails can end up in the spam folder. You can help improve the spam filter by manually marking these messages as ‘not spam’. Similarly, if you spot a spam email in your inbox, mark it as spam.
Here’s how you do it:
- Open Gmail and go to your Spam folder.
- Select the email you want to mark as ‘not spam’.
- Click the ‘Not spam’ button at the top of the page.
In case of marking an email as spam, select it and click the ‘Report spam’ button at the top.
Step 2: Blocking Specific Senders
You can also block specific email addresses in Gmail. Here’s how:
- Open the email from the sender you want to block.
- Click the three-dot menu icon at the top right corner of the email.
- Select ‘Block [Sender’s Name]’.
This will move all future messages from the blocked address directly to your spam folder.
Step 3: Create a Filter
Gmail’s filter feature allows you to automatically perform specific actions on incoming emails that match your criteria.
For instance, you can create a filter to automatically delete emails from a certain sender or with specific words in the subject line.
To create a filter, follow these steps:
- Click the down arrow in the Gmail search box.
- Specify your filter criteria.
- Click on ‘Create filter’.
- In the next window, select the action you want Gmail to take when it identifies an email that matches your filter.
- Click on ‘Create filter’ again.
There you have it. By taking these simple steps, you can significantly reduce the amount of spam you receive in your Gmail inbox. Remember, the key is to be proactive and adjust your settings as needed. Stay safe and spam-free!