How To Automatically Unsubscribe From Emails

Email can be a blessing and a curse. It can let you communicate with friends and relatives from anywhere in the world, bring you news right to your laptop, and let you know about great shopping deals. But email can also be a burden. If your inbox is cluttered with too many marketing emails you may miss important messages, a job offer, or a billing notice while you’re trying to delete the junk.

How To Automatically Unsubscribe From Emails

If you’re subscribed to emails that are no longer of interest to you, or you are drowning in a flood of spam messages, read on to discover 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 folder. But it does not automatically unsubscribe you from the sender’s mailing list. You will keep getting their emails until you perform one of the tasks below.

To use auto-unsubscribe in Gmail on a desktop computer:

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

To use auto-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 auto-unsubscribe for iOS and Android apps. You will get a notice that the process may take a few days to be completed. Once you are 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 block feature if you want to ensure you will never get emails from any page on their website.

To block a sender on a desktop device:

  1. Open the email.
  2. Tap the menu at the right side 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 (sender’s name will appear).

Gmail’s platform can spot working unsubscribe links in messages sent to your desktop inbox. The sender usually buries unsubscribe links at the bottom of the message. Gmail will automatically create a unsubscribe link at the top of the message. Easily unsubscribe by tapping the clearly visible link.

Gmail offers separate tabs to categorize incoming emails. When Gmail recognizes emails that contain marketing or promotion, 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 or block the sender.

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

  1. Sign in to your Gmail account.
  2. Scroll down the label 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 message from the sender to which you want to unsubscribe.
  5. Open the menu at the right side of the sender’s address (three vertical dots).
  6. Scroll down and choose “Report Spam.”
  7. Gmail will ask 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 labels 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 of the sender(s) from which you want to cancel emails.
  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 prevent you from having to search for the unsubscribe link in email messages.

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

  1. Select the email sender you no longer want to receive information from.
  2. Choose “Unsubscribe” in the banner below the message.
  3. Tap “OK” in the alert window.

To unsubscribe from emails on your iPhone and iPad:

  1. Select the email you want to cancel.
  2. The mail app will show you a mailing list message if the option is available.
  3. Choose the “Unsubscribe” option. The sender will be sent 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 sign up for the mailing list again at a later date.

Yahoo email also assists you in unsubscribing from unwanted emails. Follow these instructions to opt out from your desktop or mobile device.

Note that Yahoo only offers the option 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 in the menu (three dots). You can also subscribe again 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 Junk Mail” 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 emails on the desktop version of Outlook:

  1. Open the message from the sender.
  2. Open the “Home” tab.
  3. Tap the “Junk” 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 opt-out of messages using the Outlook Mobile app:

  1. Launch the mobile app.
  2. Open the message you want to stop receiving.
  3. Tap “Unsubscribe” at the top of the message.
  4. Confirm your choice.

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

Unsubscribe and blocking apps can be helpful if all of your email boxes are swamped with marketing emails. This can happen if your email address is sold to other companies. These apps let you opt out of mailing lists from multiple email providers at one time.

Let’s Keep It Clean

There is a saying that a cluttered desk results in a cluttered mind. It is difficult to focus when your inbox is overflowing with all sorts of different messages. Unsubscribe from emails you don’t need because organizing your emails increases productivity. More importantly, unwanted emails can often contain nasty malware, malicious websites, and scams. Your email is like your digital home so keep it as clean as possible.

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

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