Billions of people use Gmail regularly and if there’s one thing that truly unites their emailing experience, it’s spam. No matter how hard you try, it is virtually impossible to dodge spam mail. If left unattended, spam mail can make it hard to browse through your inbox. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to minimise the spam on your email account. In this article, we bring you the top 5 ways to deal with spam emails on Gmail.
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Block and report spam senders
If you receive an unusual amount of spam from certain senders, you can individually block their email addresses and report them to Gmail. Here’s how you can do that.
Step 1: Open Gmail on your web browser.
Step 2: Open the spam mail.
Step 3: Click on the ellipses at the top right corner of the mail, next to the date and time.
Step 4: Click on ‘Block <sender name>’. Report spam as well.
You will not receive any emails from the sender anymore.
Unsubscribe from promotional mail
If you signed up for a service using your Gmail account and have been receiving unnecessary promotional mail ever since, there is a quick way to put an end to it. All you need to do is open the email and click on the ‘Unsubscribe’ option next to the sender’s email address. Confirm your selection in the following pop-up box and you will be successfully unsubscribed from their promotional mailing list.
Use Gmail filters
Gmail offers a range of filters that can help you sort through your emails and make sure you filter out the spam before it even reaches your primary inbox. To filter emails, click on the filter icon next to the search bar. Enter the email address you want to filter emails from. Additionally, you can add certain keywords and the emails that contain them will be filtered from your inbox. You can store the filtered emails in an archived folder if you want to have a look at them later.
Use your email address to organise incoming mail
If you don’t have a throwaway email to sign up for services, you can use your primary email to filter out promotional emails and newsletters and organise your inbox. All you need to do is add a plus sign after your Gmail username and add the name of the website while signing up for a service.
For example, if you are signing up for Swiggy, fill in your username as [email protected]. Since the service does not register anything after the plus sign, the emails will be directed to your Gmail account but they will contain the +swiggy identifier in your inbox. Now, you can easily search [email protected] in your inbox to filter out all emails from Swiggy. These can be deleted all at once.
This trick also comes in handy when you use one email address for work and social activities. You can classify every mail by its activity. Simply type in [email protected] when signing up for a gym, [email protected] when subscribing to a news service, or [email protected] when making an account on a social media platform. This will make it easier to manage your inbox.
Use a third-party tool
There are several third-party tools available online that scan your inbox to filter out spam. While this may be really convenient, it also means exposing your emails to a third party. However, the open-sourced script ‘Gmail Unsubscribe’ is as privacy friendly as it gets. Gmail Unsubscribe neither collects your data nor sells it to any entities.
These are the top 5 easy ways to deal with spam emails on Gmail. You can also create a throwaway Gmail account and use it to sign up for any websites or services to cut down the spam on your main account. How do you minimise the spam on your Gmail account? Let us know in the comments!
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