Google Adds ‘Block’ and ‘Unsubscribe’ buttons to Gmail for Web and Android
Google has finally rolled out a long-overdue feature for its web-based Gmail users. Called “Block,” the feature allows you to easily block messages from “disruptive” senders and automatically divert their message into a spam folder.
The tool was launched on Tuesday for Web and should arrive on Android devices over the next few days.
Along with block, the Search giant has also launched an ‘unsubscribe’ button, so that you’ll be able to opt out of mailing lists without having to navigate to the sender’s website. Sri Harsha Somanchi, Product Manager at Google, said in a blog post:
Sometimes you get mail from someone who’s really disruptive. Hopefully it doesn’t happen often—but when it does, you should be able to say, Never see messages from this person again.
That’s why you can now block specific email addresses in Gmail—starting today on the web, and over the next week on Android. Future mail will go to the spam folder (and you can always unblock in Settings).
To access the options to block and unsubscribe, all you have to do is tap the three-dot menu button at the top right of the display and then select the appropriate option to perform the desired task.
Google has not said a word about when the two features will land for iOS and mobile Web.
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