How to automatically unsubscribe from emails

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Email can be a blessing and a curse. It can let you communicate with friends and family from anywhere in the world, bring you news right to your laptop, and let you know about shopping deals. But email can also be a burden. If your inbox is cluttered with too many marketing emails, you might miss important messages, a job posting, or a billing notice while you try to clear the spam.



If you've subscribed to emails that no longer interest you or are drowning in a flood of spam messages, read on to find out ways to unsubscribe from emails and declutter your inbox.

How to Automatically Unsubscribe from Emails in Gmail

When you delete a message in Gmail, it goes to the trash. But it does not automatically unsubscribe you from the sender's mailing list. You will continue to receive their emails until you complete one of the tasks below.

To use automatic unsubscribe in Gmail on a desktop computer:

  1. Open the email message.
  2. Open the menu to the right of the sender's address (three vertical dots).
  3. Scroll down and choose "Report Spam." " 
  4. Gmail will ask you if you want to unsubscribe. Choose “Yes”.

To use automatic unsubscribe in Gmail on a mobile device:

  1. Open the email.
  2. Tap the menu (three vertical dots) above the subject line.
  3. Choose "Unsubscribe".

Gmail offers automatic unsubscribe for iOS and Android apps. You will receive a notice that the process may take a few days. Once unsubscribed, you will no longer receive emails from the sender. You can go to the sender's website and subscribe again if you change your mind later.



You can also choose to unsubscribe from receiving any type of email from a given sender. Use the blocking feature if you want to make sure you never receive emails from any page on their website.

To block a sender on a desktop device:

  1. Open the email.
  2. Tap the menu to the right of the sender's address (three vertical dots).
  3. Choose the “Block” option (the sender's address will appear).

To block a sender on a mobile device:

  1. Tap the menu (three vertical dots) above the subject line.
  2. Choose the “Block” option (the sender's name will appear).

Gmail's platform can spot working unsubscribe links in messages sent to your desktop inbox. The sender usually buries the unsubscribe links at the bottom of the message. Gmail will automatically create an unsubscribe link at the top of the message. Unsubscribe easily by pressing the clearly visible link.

Gmail offers separate tabs to classify incoming emails. When Gmail recognizes emails containing marketing or promotions, it automatically sends them to the Promotions tab. This tab keeps a ton of bulk mail out of your regular inbox. However, it does not mark the message as spam and does not block the sender.

To unsubscribe from emails in the Promotions tab on a desktop computer:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Scroll through the Labels menu on the left side of the screen. Tap "More" if you need to see additional labels.
  3. Tap the Promotions label.
  4. Open the email from the sender you want to unsubscribe from.
  5. Open the menu to the right of the sender's address (three vertical dots).
  6. Scroll down and choose "Report Spam".
  7. Gmail will ask you if you want to unsubscribe. Choose “Yes”.

To unsubscribe from emails in the Promotions tab from a mobile device:



  1. Open your Gmail account.
  2. Tap the three lines at the top left to open the label menu.
  3. Find the Promotions label in the menu on the left side of the screen.
  4. Select the Promotions category.
  5. Open the email from the sender(s) whose emails you want to cancel.
  6. Tap the menu (three vertical dots) above the subject line.
  7. Choose "Unsubscribe".

How to automatically unsubscribe from emails from other providers

Apple's iOS Mail app offers automatic deletion of newsletters or marketing messages. This feature will save you from having to search for the unsubscribe link in emails.

To be removed from a mailing list on your Mac computer:


  1. Select the sender of the email from whom you no longer wish to receive information.
  2. Choose "Unsubscribe" in the banner below the message.
  3. Press "OK" in the alert window.

To unsubscribe from emails on your iPhone and iPad:

  1. Select the email you want to cancel.
  2. The messaging app will show you a mailing list message if the option is available.
  3. Choose the “Unsubscribe” option. The sender will receive an email with your unsubscribe request.

The sender will receive your request and remove your email address from the list. Visit the sender's website directly to re-subscribe to the mailing list at a later date.

Yahoo email also helps you unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Follow these instructions to unsubscribe from your desktop or mobile device.


Note that Yahoo only offers the ability to block senders from your desktop. Here's how:

  1. Open the sender's email.
  2. Select "Spam" next to the Delete button.
  3. Confirm your choice.

You can also tap Block Sender from the menu (three dots). You can also re-subscribe directly through the sender's website.

To unsubscribe with the Yahoo mobile app:

  1. Open the sender's email.
  2. Navigate to the menu with the dotted line.
  3. Select "Mark as spam" to leave the mailing list. Choose "Unsubscribe from spam" to block the sender.

You can also opt out of receiving unwanted emails on Microsoft Outlook. The unsubscribe option is available on desktop and mobile apps.

To unsubscribe from email on the desktop version of Outlook:

  1. Open the message from the sender.
  2. Open the “Home” tab.
  3. Tap on the “Junk Mail” option.
  4. Select "Block Sender" in the pop-up window.

The desktop version of Outlook does not offer users a way to unsubscribe. You must block the sender to stop receiving emails.

To unsubscribe from messages using the Outlook mobile app:

  1. Launch the mobile app.
  2. Open the message you no longer wish to receive.
  3. Tap "Unsubscribe" at the top of the message.
  4. Confirm your choice.

The unsubscribe option does not always appear on messages. Some marketers hide unsubscribe links in their messages to prevent recipients from opting out of their mailing list. You can only unsubscribe from these senders using a third-party unsubscribe or blocker app.

Unsubscribing and blocking apps can be useful if all your mailboxes are flooded with marketing emails. This can happen if your email address is sold to other companies. These apps allow you to unsubscribe from mailing lists from multiple email providers at once.

let's keep it clean

There is a saying that a cluttered desk leads to a cluttered mind. It's hard to concentrate when your inbox is overflowing with all kinds of different messages. Unsubscribe from emails you don't need because organizing your emails increases productivity. More importantly, spam emails can often contain malware, malicious websites and scams. Your email is like your digital home, so keep it as clean as possible.

Some people check their email every morning and delete unwanted messages. Others let unread emails sit in their inboxes for months. How often do you check your emails? Tell us about your email routine in the comments section below.

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