IF YOU’RE sick of unwanted emails clogging up your iPhone inbox, there’s a quick and easy way to stop them.
Blocking contacts who inundate your Mail app with messages is a great way to digitally detox and makes you less likely to fall victim to a phishing scam.
To block a spammer in the Mail app, open the message and tap the ‘from field’, then tap the name of the sender to open their contact sheet[/caption]
Blocking emails will stop a sender’s email from dropping into your inbox.
Depending on which email provider you use, the unwanted emails will either be diverted into your Spam folder or be automatically deleted.
If an email from a blocked sender still appears in your inbox, the sender might have changed their email address.
Users will not be notified that they have been blocked.
If you’re trying to stop spam, IT experts say it can be more effective to report them as spam in your email client, so they can be forcibly stopped from sending nuisance emails.
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Tap ‘block this contact’ to ensure that Mail automatically deletes messages from them in future[/caption]
How to block contacts on iPhone and Mac
- Open the Mail app on your device
- Open the email, and then tap the name of the sender in the top left-hand corner
- The From field should show the sender’s name in blue
- Tap this to open the sender’s contact sheet
- On the list of options tap Block This Contact once, and then again to confirm
- Emails from this sender will now go straight to the Bin folder.
Hide your email from spammers
It’s not the only way you can protect yourself from unsolicited messages.
Back in December, Apple rolled out a new privacy tool to help iPhone owners protect themselves from nuisance spammers.
Apple fans will know that iOS 15 has a feature called Hide My Email that lets you use an alternative email address when signing up to online accounts.
It’s designed to keep your personal email address private so it doesn’t end up on marketing databases.
Apple expanded the feature with the release of iOS 15.2, allowing you to hide your email address when you communicate with someone you don’t know.
When you hide your email address in the Mail app, recipients of your emails will see a false address instead.
Emails they send back will still arrive in the inbox of your personal email account.
To try it out for yourself, open the Mail app and tap the New message icon at the bottom right of your display.
Tap the Cc/Bc, From: field to collapse it and then tap From again. Select Hide my Email.
Apple’s Mail app has tonnes of handy features[/caption]
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