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Make sure important emails never end up in the Gmail Spam folder
If Gmail keeps sending messages from a specific sender to your Spam folder, you can stop it by explicitly telling Gmail that the email is safe and letting it go through the spam filter. You do this in Gmail by whitelisting the address, ie adding it to the safe senders list.
You can set up a whitelist in Gmail if important emails are still marked as spam and never show up in your inbox. What happens is that Gmail identifies them as unimportant and potentially harmful emails that you probably don’t want. However, the spam filter is not always 100 percent correct, in which case you can take steps to get these emails to your inbox.
When you set up a filter to whitelist a specific sender, Gmail makes sure it’s available in your inbox. You can whitelist emails in Gmail by creating an email filter. This can refer to a specific email address, an entire domain, or a combination of both.
Setting up email filtering in Gmail to allow messages to be sent through the spam filter is a simple process. Just open a tab Filters and blocked addresses to create a new filter with addresses you don’t want to block.
Open the settings icon in the top right corner of Gmail (gear icon) and select Institutions from the list.
Open a tab Filters and blocked addresses †
click on the link Create a new filter † If you already have many filters, you won’t see this link until you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
in field From enter an email address in the whitelist.
For example, make sure to enter a full email address [email protected] † For example, to whitelist any email address of a specific domain, enter only that domain name @gmail.com, to safelist any Gmail.com address.
Click Create filter at the bottom of that popup to create a whitelist filter.
You should also tell Gmail what to do with emails from your filtered addresses. Select Never spam if you don’t want other options listed. Click again Create filter to end the process.
If you want to whitelist more than one email address or domain, you don’t have to repeat these steps for each of them. Instead, put a vertical bar (and a space before and after) between individual accounts, as shown below: [email protected] † [email protected] † @example2.com †
If you don’t see the vertical bar (also called pipe or vertical bar) on your keyboard, press and hold Shift and then press the backslash key ().
Another option to set up whitelist filters in Gmail is to do it from email. If you want to prevent all messages from this specific sender from ending up in the Spam folder, you can run the filter on one of the messages from the sender.
Open the message.
In the three-dot menu above the message (the same button used to mark messages as read/unread or important), click Filter similar posts †
Now that the email address is automatically filled in the field From create a filter with the button Create filter †
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When you whitelist an email or domain in Gmail, the filter is not applied to previous emails that are already in the Spam or Trash folder. The filter works from the moment it is turned on.
You can add more than one email address in the field From by selecting email addresses in your account. For example, you can select one from Gmail addresses, another from Outlook.com, and several others, then select the . use Filter posts like this to immediately copy all those email addresses to From fields. From there, you can quickly whitelist all these addresses, add others, or remove some from the list.
You should avoid putting the entire domain on the safe senders list. For example, whitelisting all Gmail.com addresses prevents: every email From your Gmail.com address, go to your Spam folder.
This can be useful if you want to whitelist many Gmail addresses at once, but it’s best to avoid grouping all addresses together. Chances are, some messages from Gmail.com addresses actually end up in the Spam folder.
If you’re whitelisting an entire domain in Gmail, it’s best to do so for addresses that aren’t as popular, such as if the website doesn’t want to keep spamming you. For example, if the website spammy.org keeps sending you emails with the same name in the domain name and blocks all addresses @ spammy.org quite suitable. Problems are more likely if the entire email service (for example @ outlook.com or @gmail.com ) is blocked.
On the other hand, if you are a webmaster and your users subscribe to content on your website, you can offer to whitelist them before subscribing. This ensures that every email sent by the website ends up in their inbox.
Another way to mark emails as junk is to use the button No spam † However, this button only appears when opening a message from the Spam folder. In other words, you cannot use this method to pre-approve emails to ensure they are not marked as spam.