How to Whitelist a Sender or Domain in Gmail

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Gmail's spam filter is mighty and when you visit the Spam view, all you see is junk. But if you want to be doubly sure that messages from your contacts never end marked as spam, setting up a filter is simple and effective. You can whitelist senders and entire domains in Gmail to make sure their messages never get filtered to Spam.

Whitelist a Sender or Domain in Gmail

  • Click the Show search options downward-pointing triangle in your Gmail's main search field.
  • Type the desired email address under From.
    • To whitelist an entire domain (all mail from an address ending in "aboutguide.com", for example), type the just the domain name or the domain name preceded by '@'. To whitelist "aboutguide.com", for instance, type "@aboutguide.com" (not including the quotation marks).
    • You do not have to create a separate filter for each address. Separate addresses with '|' in the From: field instead. To whitelist both "jenny@example.com" and "jelani@example.com", enter "jenny@example.com|jelani@example.com", for example.
  • Follow the Create filter with this search ›› link at the bottom of the search sheet.
  • Make sure Never send it to Spam is checked.
  • Click Create filter.