How To View All Your Blocked Email Senders in Gmail Inbox

Have you ever accidentally blocked an important email sender in Gmail and later realized you need to receive emails from them again? Or over time, have you blocked several email addresses that you now want to review and possibly unblock?

Gmail gives you easy options to view a list of all blocked email senders and unblock any of them with just a few clicks. In this detailed guide, we will cover:


To follow the steps in this guide, you need:

  • A Gmail account
  • Access to Gmail on a desktop browser (Windows, Mac, Linux) or an iPad

View Blocked Emails on Desktop Browser or iPad

Here are the steps to view blocked emails in Gmail on a desktop browser or iPad:

  1. Open Gmail and log in to your account
  2. Click on the Settings gear icon > See all settings Gmail Settings
  3. Go to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab Filters and Blocked Addresses
  4. Scroll down to the Blocked Addresses section Here you will see a list of all email addresses you have blocked in Gmail. Blocked Addresses
  5. To unblock an email, click Unblock next to the email address You can also select multiple emails, then click Unblock to unblock them together.

That’s it! You have viewed all your blocked emails and can now unblock any ones you need.

View and Unblock on Mobile App

There is no direct way to view blocked emails on the Gmail mobile app. But you can still easily unblock a specific email address by following these steps:

On Android

  1. Open the Gmail app
  2. Search for a message from the blocked sender
  3. Open the email
  4. Tap Unblock sender

On iPhone

  1. Open the Gmail app
  2. Search for a message from the blocked sender
  3. Open the email
  4. Tap the three dots > Unblock sender

While you cannot view a list of all blocked emails on mobile, this lets you selectively unblock any sender you need.

Why Emails Get Blocked in Gmail

There are a few common reasons why Gmail may block your emails or send them to the spam folder:

  • Spammy content – Using ALL CAPS, too links, suspicious attachments etc.
  • High sending volume – Sending more than 2000 emails per day from one account
  • Invalid email addresses – Having too many invalid or inactive emails on your recipient list
  • High bounce rate – If too many of your sent emails bounce back
  • Low sender reputation – Past spam complaints or blacklist listings

Understanding why Gmail blocks certain emails can help you improve your sending practices and avoid future blocks.

Best Practices to Avoid Blocks

Here are some tips to avoid having your emails blocked by Gmail:

  • Clean your email list – Remove invalid, inactive and spam-marked addresses
  • Follow sending limits – Limit daily sends to under 2000 per day
  • Use double opt-in – Confirm subscriptions to ensure wanted mail
  • Personalize content – Segment and customize content for relevance
  • Use authentication – Set up SPF, DKIM to authenticate as a safe sender
  • Monitor metrics – Check bounce rates, spam rates and monitor blocks

What to Do If You’re Blocked

If your emails are being blocked by Gmail, here is what you should do:

  • Review your email content, volume and list for any red flags
  • Check if you have been blacklisted by any major ISPs
  • Use Gmail Postmaster Tools to review errors and issues
  • Submit a removal request to any blacklists you have been added to
  • Gradually increase sending volume if it was too rapid

With some adjustments to your practices, you can resolve any blocks and keep your Gmail deliverability strong.

FAQs About Gmail Blocks

Here are some common questions about having your email blocked in Gmail:

Can someone know if I blocked them on Gmail?

No, Gmail does not notify senders if you have blocked them. The emails will continue to be sent but filtered away from your inbox.

How long are blocked emails kept in Gmail?

Blocked emails are rerouted to the spam folder, where messages are automatically deleted after 30 days.

Can I undo a block if I blocked someone by mistake?

Yes, you can follow the steps above to view blocked addresses and click “Unblock” to allow emails from that sender again.

Can I block emails on my iPhone’s Gmail app?

You cannot directly block emails on the iOS Gmail app, but you can tap “Unsubscribe” on an email to block that sender. Or use Gmail’s desktop settings to block.

What happens if I block someone – will their emails bounce?

No, blocking does not cause emails to bounce back to senders. Gmail will accept the messages but automatically filter them away from your inbox.

I hope this detailed guide covered everything you need to know about viewing and unblocking emails in Gmail! Let me know if you have any other questions.