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How to block email on iPhone

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How to block email on iPhone: You just can’t take it anymore: your iPhone keeps ringing continuously due to the many e-mail messages received, most of which are absolutely useless to you. Intending to put a stop to this situation, you tried to  block emails on the iPhone by  “fumbling” in the smartphone settings, but unfortunately you were unable to achieve your goal. You have therefore thought of carrying out a short search on Google, in order to shed light on the matter, and you have ended up among the pages of my site.

Well, know that you are exactly where you should be! In fact, below I will explain to you in detail how to block emails on iPhone in various cases: first of all, we will see together how to block emails from unwelcome senders; secondly, we will see how to disable notifications for email apps, so as to minimize distractions; finally, I will provide you with the necessary instructions to completely inhibit access to the apps by email (useful scenario in case you have to temporarily lend the phone to relatives, friends or acquaintances).

So, without lingering a moment longer, make yourself comfortable and read very carefully everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I am sure that, at the end of this reading, you will be perfectly able to act in the most appropriate way for who they are. your needs. Having said that, I just have to wish you good reading and wish you a big good luck for everything!

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How to block unwanted email on iPhone

Blocking unwanted emails on iPhone is not difficult: you just need to know what to do depending on the service you use! Generally speaking, it is sufficient to block the sender using the mail application in use, or to set  custom filters  (so as to “hijack” the messages received from a specific address directly to the trash can) by acting via the Web. I provide more in-depth information regarding Gmail , Outlook and iCloud services .

Mail/iCloud

Do you manage your email via  Mail for iOS ? Then, regardless of the email provider you use, you can quickly move messages received from unwanted senders into  Junk .

How? I’ll explain it to you right away. First, launch the Mail app  (the envelope icon) and tap an email from the user you want to block. When the message is opened, click on the flag  -shaped icon  located at the bottom left, touch the item  Move to Junk from the menu that is proposed to you and you’re done!

As for messages from mailing lists, you can use another great feature of Mail: once you have selected the email in question, you should see a banner appear containing a  notice of membership in a mailing list . To try to deactivate it, you can click on the  Remove address  link corresponding to it and confirm your willingness to proceed by pressing the button of the same name that is shown immediately after.

Unfortunately, this technique does not guarantee 100% success, since the removal message automatically generated (and subsequently sent to the appropriate address), may not be handled correctly.

If you use  iCloud  as your email provider and want to have email from unwanted senders immediately moved to the trash, you need to act from the official website of the service, from your computer. After visiting the iCloud Mail site and logging into the service, press the [>] button located on the left, under the heading  iCloud Mail .

Once this is done, click on the  ⚙  button located at the bottom left to access the  quick action menu , then  click on the Rules …  item located in it. Once the new screen is open, click on the link  Add a rule… , set the top drop-down menu on the item  Comes from  and specify the email address  to be blocked in the text field located immediately below.

Finally, set the next drop-down menu on  Move to trash , or Move to trash and mark as read , and activate the new rule by pressing the  Save button . In case of second thoughts, you can quickly delete the rules thus set by pressing the corresponding button  (s) and clicking on the  Delete  button that appears on the screen.

Gmail

If you manage email through the Gmail app for iPhone , blocking messages received from a particular sender is extremely simple!

First, start the application and tap on any message received from an unwelcome user; then, locate the button (…) located next to the sender’s name (usually, it is to the right of the  reply button ), press it and press the  Block [sender name] item located in the proposed menu and that’s it! From now on, messages from the blocked sender will automatically be moved to the  Spam folder .

In some cases, you can use an even simpler method to block messages received from a newsletter: open one of the emails in question, look for the item  Unsubscribe  located at the top and answer affirmatively to the warning window that is shown to you. This way, you should no longer receive messages from the service in question.

Alternatively, you can block the receipt of emails from a sender by setting  upstream  filters  , ie “rules” that allow you to move the messages in question directly to the Trash  (or spam folder). To do this, however, you will have to act through the Web version of Gmail for desktop systems.

How? I’ll explain it to you right away: first of all, start  Safari  (or any other browser you like), connect to the page  https://mail.google.com and, if necessary, log in to Google by typing your credentials. Once this is done, press the  button located at the top left, scroll down the page that is shown to you and presses the  Desktop  link located at the wording  View Gmail in .

At this point, to start creating your new rule, tap the  Create a filter link : once the new page is loaded, enter  the email address of the user you dislike  in the From  field, press the Next step  button and then put the check mark next to the  Delete box . Finally, decide whether  to apply the filter also to already existing conversations  and press the  Create filter  button to make it operational. That’s all!

In case of second thoughts, you can delete the filters set in an equally simple way: after logging in to Gmail for Desktop as seen above, tap on the  Settings  link and then on the Filters tab  ; therefore, identify the filter you want to delete (thus unblocking the sender) and tap the  Delete  button corresponding to it. As easily understood, you can also perform the same operations from your PC, by accessing the Gmail site.

Outlook

Unlike what has already been seen for Gmail, the Outlook app does not provide a quick method to block all emails received from a specific sender: to proceed in this sense, you must necessarily operate from the desktop version of the service website, to which you can access through Safari for iPhone or through any computer browser.

If you intend to act directly on the iPhone, connect to the outlook.com web page and access your e-mail box, by entering the relevant information in the login form (if required); once your mailbox is displayed, click on  the Safari  sharing  button, located at the bottom (the square with the up arrow ), and select the item  Request desktop site  present among the proposed options. If you intend to act via computer, you simply need to connect to the Outlook website and log in by entering the credentials of your e-mail account.

At this point, the steps are identical: using the left side of the screen, open one of the e-mail messages received from the sender you do not like. Once the message has been uploaded, touch the  Junk mail  item located at the top of the page, select the  Block  item from the proposed menu and press the  OK  button to block the sender of the email: starting from this moment, you will no longer see the emails coming by the user in question.

If you are working on your computer, you can also quickly create a rule to move the emails received from a given sender to another folder (e.g. the Recycle Bin ): after opening one of the emails received by the user in question, click on the button (…)  located next to your address, select the  Create rule  item from the proposed menu and indicate, in the appropriate drop-down menu attached to the window that opens on the screen, the folder in which to “divert” the messages received from the sender in question . When you are done, confirm the creation of the rule by pressing the  OK  button and you’re done.

How to block email notifications on iPhone

If e-mail is a distraction for you while at work, you can easily fix it by blocking the notifications of the related apps, through the iPhone settings menu: in this way, until you reactivate them, you will no longer be distracted by the related notifications. to new messages received.

Succeeding is extremely simple: first, access the  iPhone Settings  by touching the gear  icon located on the Home screen of the device, then locate the email app for which you intend to silence notifications in the proposed list and do tap on his name; to conclude, tap the  Notifications  item and set the Allow notifications  switch to  OFF . Repeat the operation for all the e-mail apps installed on the “iPhone by”.

When you deem it appropriate to activate notifications again, you can go to the Settings> [mail app]> Notifications  section and move  the Allow Notifications toggle  to ON  . If you want to turn off notifications only at certain times, however, you can take advantage of the  Do Not Disturb function , always accessible from the iOS Settings  menu (I talked about it in depth in various tutorials, such as the one on how to exclude calls on iPhone).

How to block email apps on iPhone

How do you say? Do you want to block all email apps you have installed on iPhone and inhibit access to them? In this case, I recommend that you use the Screen  Time  feature introduced by Apple in  iOS 12 , which allows you to limit the time you use apps by blocking access with a PIN.

To proceed, open the  iPhone  Settings  , press the Usage time  item and  Activate the “Usage time” option , then press the  Continue  and It’s my iPhone buttons and tap the  Use code “Usage time”  to then specify the PIN with which to block access to the apps to be limited (just follow the instructions shown on the screen).

Once the PIN has been set, touch the  App Limitations item , enter the code specified above and press the  Add usage limitation item : after this, put the check mark next to the  Productivity item , press the  Add  button and set the timer shown then on  0 hours and 1 min  (the minimum possible).

From now on, the icons of the apps involved in the block will be identified by an  hourglass : as a last step, start one of the applications you have decided to block and wait a minute for the iOS block to work.

Note : the Productivity group also includes apps other than those dedicated to emails (such as  Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Reminders  and so on); if you want to allow access to some of the apps included in the blocked group, keeping the block for apps dedicated to emails, go to  Settings> Usage time> Always allowed  and select them by pressing the  (+) button next to each of them.

In case of second thoughts, you can cancel the block by going to  Settings> Usage time> App limitations> Productivity  and pressing the  Delete limitation button .

If you are using an iOS version below 12 , you can set blocks on apps only based on their target age: to do this, go to Settings> General> Restrictions , tap on  Enable restrictions  and type a PIN twice  . 4 digits  to protect settings.

At this point, touch the App  item attached to the restrictions menu and put the check mark next to the type of app you want to allow:  4+, 9+, 12+  or  17+ , or next to the item  Do not allow apps  to hide everything you’ve downloaded from the App Store.

Unfortunately, however, this method may not always be efficient: most e-mail applications have an age rating of  4+ , therefore, they cannot be blocked with the procedure described above. Also, such a restriction would still allow the  Mail app to run, as it is a system app not downloaded from the App Store.