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Monday, September 28, 2015

How to Block and Unsubscribe in Gmail for Android

Google's Gmail has finally realized that their anti-spam filters just aren't enough.

On Tuesday September 23rd 2015 they finally rolled out a block feature that basically allows you to block email on your Android Smartphone as reported in “Gmail now lets you banish annoying senders with new ‘block’ button”, published September 23, 2015 By Trevor Mogg, DigitalTrends.


In addition to Blocking, there is now an unsubscribe feature that lets you unsubscribe to any Newsletters that you are no longer interested in reading. All this was detailed in an Official Gmail blog post on Tuesday September 23rd 2015 entitled “Stay in control with Block and Unsubscribe”.

These new Block and Unsubscribe features, available only on Google Android smartphones with Gmail, combined with the Inbox by Google App to sort out your Google Inbox as described in my blog article entitled “Inbox by Gmail for your Smartphone - Why Miconians will love Bundles of emails with Snooze Button that Assists with Email Coursework Hell” will finally allow you to tame that Inbox and achieve email flow zen!

It also melds well with the ability to undo and unsend an email, a feature that was finally taken out of beta in June 2015 as described in my MICO Wars blog article entitled “How to enable Gmail’s Undo Send and How to Unsend an Email”.

How to Block or Ubsubscribed in Gmail – Web browser and Apple iOS next on the upgrade list

The Block and Unsubscribe feature basically routes your blocked email to the Spam folder as noted in the article “Gmail gives you more control over annoying email”, published September 22, 2015 by Clifford Colby, CNET Downloads.

So basically, the same thing that happens when you press the Spam button in Browser based Gmail; just less confusing I suppose and psychologically, more satisfying, like blocking someone on Twitter as described in my blog article entitled “How to mute someone on @Twitter - To Block or to Mute for Silence of the Lambs as The Day the Earth Stood Still”.

Still, this aesthetic upgrade makes handling your email flow a lot easier as works as follows on your Google Android smartphone:

1.      Tap the Action Flow Menu (three dot menu) at the top right
2.      Scroll down the pop out menu
3.      Table the button marked “Block” or “Unsubscribe” to perform the required function

Changing from you blocking or unsubscribing decision is only a Setting click away, which really just removes it from the Spam listing. Hopefully this helpful feature will soon be coming to Web based Gmail as well as Apple iOS users.

Despite research published in Symantec's June 2015 Intelligence Report indicating that spam is at an all time low as noted in my blog article entitled “@symantec's June 2015 Intelligence Report says Spam down 50 percent - How Smartphones hacking saw Titan Fall of Email and Spam”  this would banish spam forever.

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