How to block emails on Gmail on an iPhone – Guide

It goes without saying that spam emails are incredibly annoying. Whether it’s fraudulent ones tell you that you’ve won the lottery or even legitimate ones from a certain business, they are all equally frustrating.

When it comes to blocking these types of emails, it can sometime appear easier to do while using a browser version of an email service rather than an app.

The process can also vary depending on which email provider you are using. In this article we are going to focus on the Gmail app on an iPhone, and explain exactly how you can go about blocking unwanted emails.

How to block emails on Gmail on iPhone – Step by step

The process of blocking emails on the Gmail app is a very straightforward one. You don’t need to be a technical genius and you shouldn’t, in theory, encounter any issues.

To complete the blocking process first log out of your Gmail app and then please take the following steps:

  1. Open up the Gmail app and log in to your account.
  2. Scroll down and find an email from someone who you want to block.
  3. Select the email and click the three dots on the right hand side of the email – this should bring up a drop down menu.
  4. On this drop down menu select ‘block’.

Once you’ve performed these steps you can be rest assured that you will no longer be able to receive emails from that email account.

Your blocked senders will no longer be able to send you mail, which means that you can finally log into your Gmail account in peace.

Reporting emails as spam on Gmail on iPhone

There is another way to stop certain emails from reaching your inbox on Gmail and that is by reporting emails as spam and adding them to your junk mail.

Doing this will mean that every email from that account will then be automatically redirected to your spam folder within Gmail, meaning that you will no longer have unwanted emails clogging up your main Gmail inbox.

To report emails as spam on the Gmail app on your iPhone, please take the following steps:

  1. Open up the Gmail app and log in to your account.
  2. Scroll through your inbox and find an email that you would like to report as spam.
  3. Select the email and then select the three dotted button on the top right hand side of the screen. (Note that these are the three dots ABOVE the three dots that you select for when you’re blocking an email.)
  4. From the subsequent drop down list, select ‘report as spam’.
  5. A screen will then appear that asks if you’d also like to unsubscribe from receiving similar messages – make sure you select the ‘report spam and unsubscribe’ button here to maximise your coverage.

How to block emails on Gmail via a web browser

If you are someone who is more used to accessing your emails via a web browser as opposed to a mobile phone app, then you might want to know how you can block emails that way.

The process is fairly similar, but there are a few minor differences. In fact, if you are dealing with annoying emails then getting rid of them via a web browser actually provides you with more option.

Again, though, you don’t need to be an IT genius in order to perform this task and it can be done with a few simple clicks of your mouse. Please follow these instructions to get spam emails blocked:

  1. Open Gmail on your internet browser and sign in to your account.
  2. Select an email that you consider as spam/annoying/fraudulent and open it up.
  3. Select the three dotted icon on the right hand side of the email, located next to the ‘reply’ button.
  4. From here, you will have a variety of options. The main three that you need to look out for are ‘block x’, ‘report spam’, and ‘report phishing’.
  5. While annoying and persistent emails could be worthy of both a block and spam report, be careful not to to over-use the phishing option. This should only be used if you believe you a hacker is attempting to obtain personal information from you via an email.


To conclude, blocking emails on Gmail is a really simple task regardless of whether you perform the task on the mobile phone app or on a web browser.

By following our steps above, you should be able to get it done in a straightforward and stress-free way.

If you continue to receive spam-like emails on Gmail after you’ve taken the steps we’ve suggested above then we would recommend that you get in touch with the Google support team directly.

They may well be able to suggest additional measures to help you with the issue.

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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