How to Block Unwanted Emails From Senders in Yahoo Mail

Stop getting those annoying messages in your Yahoo Mail inbox

Illustration of a person at a computer with a blocked profile image on the screen in Yahoo Mail

Lifewire / Bailey Mariner 

Getting emails from a specific sender that you'd rather not see? If you know how to block unwanted emails in Yahoo Mail, you can automatically delete incoming messages from up to 500 email addresses.

Instructions in this article apply to the web versions of Yahoo Mail. All steps should be the same regardless of your web browser.

How to Block Unwanted Emails in Yahoo Mail

To have Yahoo Mail automatically delete all incoming mail from a particular address:

  1. Open Yahoo Mail in a web browser and select the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the window.

    Gear icon in Yahoo Mail
  2. Select More Settings.

    More Settings link on Yahoo Mail web page
  3. Select the Security and Privacy category, then select Add.

    Add button in Yahoo Mail blocked senders page
  4. In the Add an email address to block section, go to the Address text box and type the unwanted email address.

    Save button in blocked email web page for Yahoo Mail
  5. Select Save.

How to Block Emails From Specific Senders in Yahoo Mail Basic

To add an email address to the list of blocked senders in Yahoo Mail Basic:

  1. Select the drop-down arrow next to your account name.

    Account Info menu in Yahoo Mail Basic
  2. Choose Options, then select Go.

    Options menu in Yahoo Mail Basic
  3. Select Blocked Addresses.

    Blocked Addresses link on Yahoo Mail Basic web page
  4. In the Add an address text box, enter the email address you want to block.

  5. Select the plus sign (+) to add the address to your blocked list.

    Plus sign to add a blocked email address on Yahoo Mail Basic web page

Blocking Unwanted Senders Is Not Blocking Junk Emails

Blocking email addresses isn't an effective strategy to block spam since spammers often use a fresh address (or domain name) for every junk email they send. Yahoo Mail has a built-in spam blocker that you can customize.

Can You Block Senders From the Yahoo Mail App?

You can only block unwanted email addresses in the web versions of Yahoo Mail. Try opening the desktop version in your phone's browser, or use a computer instead.