How to Unblock a Sender in Gmail

Editing or Deleting the Blocking Rule

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One rule was all it took to get rid of all mail from an obnoxious sender (or get it to delivered straight to the Trash) in Gmail. What about unblocking a sender, though? Will it take another rule or do you have to get rid of the filter?

Depending on how you set up sender blocking in Gmail, either editing or deleting a blocking rule will do the unblocking trick, and both options are easy.

Unblock a Sender in Gmail

To remove an address (or domain) from your list of blocked senders in Gmail:

  • Click the Settings gear () in Gmail.
  • Select Settings from the menu that appears.
  • Go to the Filters tab.
  • Look for the email address you want to unblock in a rule that has Delete it as the action under Do this:.
  • If the rule only deletes messages from that address:
    • Click delete for that rule.
    • Click OK.
  • If the rule deletes mail from multiple senders (separated by ‘|'):
    • Click edit for that rule.
    • Locate and delete the address you want to unblock in the From field.
    • Make sure addresses to delete are still separated by '|' after you have deleted the address (if more than one address remains).
    • Click Continue ».
    • Now click Update filter.
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