How to Unsubscribe From Emails Using Gmail

Stop getting automated emails with one click

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If subscribing to a newsletter is easy, leaving it should not be a pain, either. Fortunately, Gmail offers a handy shortcut that unsubscribes you from mailing lists, newsletters, and other recurring, subscription-based messages.

You can unsubscribe to emails in Gmail with a special Unsubscribe link that automatically replies to the message with a notification to cancel your email membership. However, some emails do not support that type of unsubscription, in which case Gmail will auto-detect the unsubscribe link offered by the email sender, and give you an opportunity to visit that page to manually unsubscribe.

If you can't seem to stop getting an email from any particular email address, consider setting up a Gmail filter to always send new messages to Trash.

How to Easily Unsubscribe to Emails in Gmail

  1. Open a message from the mailing list or newsletter.

    Gmail with message open
  2. Select Unsubscribe directly right of the sender's name or email address. You can find this at the top of the message.

    Sometimes, it might instead read Change preferences. That will let you alter how the subscription emails are sent to you, but most emails don't have this.

  3. When you see the Unsubscribe message, select Unsubscribe.

    Unsubscribe from email on Gmail
  4. You may have to complete the unsubscription process at the sender's website. If not, you'll just see a message from Gmail, letting you know that you've unsubscribed.

    Unsubscribed from email on Gmail

This to Remember About Unsubscribing to Emails

This method to unsubscribe only works if the message contains a List-Unsubscribe: header that specifies an email address or website used to unsubscribe.

It could take a few days for the automated de-registration to be recognized by the sender or website, so wait several days before trying this again if it doesn't work the first time.

If Gmail doesn't show you the Unsubscribe link, look for an unsubscription link or unsubscription information in the message text, which is typically found near the top or bottom of the message.

Do not use Report spam to unsubscribe from newsletters and mailing lists unless you're sure that it's indeed spam.