How to Block a Sender in iCloud Mail

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What to Know

  • First, select an email from the sender you want to block, then select the gear icon and go to Rules > Add a Rule.
  • Next, choose is from > email address to block. Under Then, choose Move to Trash > Done > Done.
  • To block an email address without selecting a message, start by selecting the gear icon.

This article explains how to create a rule to block specific email addresses in iCloud Mail. All blocked emails automatically go to the Trash folder, where they are soon deleted, so you'll never have to see or open them.

Block a Sender in iCloud Mail

To block a sender and send their messages to the Trash folder:

  1. Sign in to iCloud Mail and select an email from the sender you want to block. You don't have to open the email.

    Selecting an email in iCloud Mail
  2. If you need to view mailboxes, and no mailboxes display, select the right-arrow (Show Mailboxes) in the upper-left corner.

    Selecting the right arrow in the upper-left corner of iCloud Mail
  3. Select the gear icon (Show Actions menu) in the lower-left corner.

    Selecting the Show Actions menu (gear icon) in iCloud Mail
  4. Select Rules from the menu that appears.

    Selecting "Rules" in the lower-left corner in iCloud Mail
  5. Select Add a Rule in the upper-right portion of the pop-up box.

    Selecting "Add a Rule" in iCloud Mail
  6. Under If a message, select is from from the drop-down menu.

    Selecting "is from" in drop-down menu under "If a message"
  7. Enter the email address you want to block. If you selected an email from the sender at the beginning of this process, their email address is automatically entered.

  8. Under Then, select Move to Trash.

    Selecting "Move to Trash" in iCloud Mail
  9. Select Done. Select Done again on the next screen.

    Selecting "Done" after adding a rule in iCloud Mail

Why Would You Want to Block a Sender?

Have you ever subscribed to a newsletter only to find you never read it—and unsubscribing doesn't stop the emails from arriving in your inbox? Do you have a distant relative (or ex-coworker) who forwards around 648 jokes every day, and that's all they send? Or maybe you're being harassed via email? Whatever your reason, iCloud gives you a handy solution to block what you don't care to read.

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