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Using block and unsubscribe in Gmail for Android

​Do you spend more time deleting messages than reading them? Use these two Gmail features to tidy up.

If your Gmail inbox has turned into a daily chore of deleting messages from people or companies, then it might be time to start using the Block or Unsubscribe features. The Block feature became available back in September on both the Web and Android versions of Gmail, and Unsubscribe (which was already available on the Web) has finally started rolling out to the mobile version. These features will allow you to take action without needing to be at your desk. Let's get started.

Block

This feature will prevent any email from the sender appearing in your inbox. It's best used for avoiding annoying people or companies that won't honor your unsubscribe requests.

Gmail for Android Block option.

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Tap the three dots next to the reply arrow.
Choose Block "[Sender name]" from the menu.

Unsubscribe

Still getting email from a hotel or website you haven't visited in a few years? If you've still got an account with them, but don't want to hear about their promotions, you can use the unsubscribe option to request that you be removed from their list.

Gmail for Android Unsubscribe option. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Press the three dots next to the mark as unread icon (envelope icon).
Choose Unsubscribe from the menu.

Which feature do you think you'll use the most? Share your thoughts in the comments.

(Via Official Gmail Blog)

Editors' Note: This How To was originally published on September 23, 2015, and has been updated to include new information.