How to Block Email on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of receiving unwanted emails on your Mac? Thankfully, there is a simple solution to this problem – blocking email addresses.

By blocking specific senders, you can prevent their messages from cluttering your inbox and save yourself from unnecessary distractions. In this tutorial, we will guide you step-by-step on how to block email on your Mac using the built-in Mail app.

Step 1: Launch the Mail App

If you haven’t already, open the Mail app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Access Preferences

In the top menu bar, click on “Mail” and then select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu. This will open a new window with various options.

Step 3: Go to Junk Mail Settings

In the Preferences window, click on the “Junk Mail” tab at the top. This is where you can manage settings related to spam and blocked senders.

Step 4: Add Email Addresses to Block List

Under the Junk Mail tab, you will see an option labeled “Blocked.” Click on it to access your blocked senders list.

  • To block a specific sender:
    1. Click on the “+” button at the bottom left corner of the window.
    2. A new dialog box will appear asking for an email address.
    3. Type in the email address of the sender you want to block and press Enter or click on “OK.”
  • To unblock a sender:
    1. Select the sender’s email address from the list.
    2. Click on the “-” button at the bottom left corner of the window.

Step 5: Adjust Junk Mail Filtering

While you are in the Preferences window, you can also fine-tune your junk mail filtering settings to catch more unwanted emails automatically. You can adjust the sensitivity level and choose how to handle junk mail in various scenarios.

Here’s how:

  1. Move the slider under “Enable junk mail filtering” to adjust its sensitivity. Moving it towards “Mark as junk mail” will make it more aggressive, while moving it towards “Move it to Junk” will make it less sensitive.
  2. You can also choose what actions to take when junk mail is detected. For example, you can choose to mark it as read, move it to the Junk mailbox, or delete it entirely.

Note: Be cautious when adjusting these settings as they may affect how your Mail app handles incoming emails. It is recommended to experiment with different settings until you find a balance that suits your needs.

Step 6: Save Changes

Once you have finished adding email addresses to your blocked senders list and adjusting your junk mail filtering settings, click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the Preferences window. Your changes will now be applied, and any blocked senders will no longer be able to clutter your inbox.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to block email on Mac using the built-in Mail app. By taking control over who can reach your inbox, you can enjoy a cleaner and more focused email experience.

Remember that blocking email addresses is not a foolproof solution, as spammers and unwanted senders can always change their email addresses. However, it is an effective way to reduce the clutter and minimize distractions in your mailbox.

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