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Clear spam out of your Gmail inbox

Use the new Unsubscribe and Block functions to make sure your Gmail remains spam-free

Clear Gmail spam

Clear Gmail spam

Google has added some new functionality to the Gmail Android app, enabling you to quickly unsubscribe from mass email lists and block contacts with a quick couple of taps. The blocking button will put any emails you receive from that particular sender straight into your Spam folder. It’s a pretty easy system to get to grips with and it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes to get things working. You’ll also find these new buttons in the web version of Gmail too and any blocking or unsubscribing you do on one platform will automatically cross over to the other. You’ll need the latest version of the Gmail app installed on your device, but that’s about it. So if you’ve got your phone to hand, we’ll walk you through the process and give you a few tips on the way.


The Unsubscribe button is at the top of the drop-down menu, in the top-right corner of the screen. It’s only visible if the email you’re trying to unsubscribe from is supported by the app, so if you can’t see it then you can’t use the function.


Tap the option in the menu. A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm. Tap Unsubscribe and you’re done. Remember that unsubscribing can’t be undone within the app, you’ll need to re-subscribe from the company’s original website.


The Block button is in the second menu, the one within the body of the email next to the sender’s details. Tap it and you’ll see the option to block. Another tap and all emails in your inbox that were sent from that sender will move to spam.