Google just added a couple of features to their Gmail service. One of them is the long awaited block feature, which other email providers already had for years.
Google will now allow you to block any email address just by clicking a button. The feature is now available in Gmail for the web, but it has not yet arrived for the Android app. However, rumors say that by next week we would be able to block emails on our mobile phones as well.
The block button does precisely what it should do. By putting an email address in a black list, Gmail will never allow that person send you messages again. The only difference is that, compared to any services, the block function here will receive the messages from the blocked email – but they will go into your spam folder. You can unblock the email from Gmail settings.
Until very recently, Gmail clients had to report the messages as spam in order to achieve this. But Google realized that sometimes you just have to block some email users, even if their mails aren’t spam per se.
Google said that by blocking a sender all future messages from that said person will be sent directly to your spam folder. The sender will believe that his messages were sent, when in fact they are far and away from your inbox folder. However, Google said that they will not remove the “Report spam” button, as it provides Google the kind of feedback necessary to improve Gmail’s mail classification in the future.
Gmail also added at the end of August “Unsubscribe” buttons on the top of each email. However, the function was not available for Android. Google decided to add both the “Block” and the “Unsubscribe” features to their Android app starting next week.
The company said that the unsubscribe feature will help you get rid of those newsletter you used to follow years ago but wanted to let go off.
The company has not yet specified when the two new features will be added to iOS. Actually, Google did not even mention the Apple platform. A spokesman from the company said that they will be exclusive to the desktop and Android version of Gmail.
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