How to unsubscribe from unwanted email
Chances are, your email inbox is a mix of important messages, Amazon Prime shipping notices, bill alerts, and other easy-to-ignore offers.
But spam creeps in. Sometimes you do it yourself—enter your email address to win that contest!—and sometimes others do it for you. Thanks for the blankof-the-month club email list, mom.
Luckily, there are easy ways to kill unwanted emails, and they don’t involved sending invective-filled rants to the sender.
Unsubscribe Links Made Easy
The cleanest way to get off a list is to use the built-in unsubscribe option. That link is generally buried at the bottom of the message, in tiny type or made to not even look like a link, all the better to keep you subscribed.
(The chance that the unsubscribe link is a trick—a way to confirm you are a real person—is low. Be smart about it; if something looks fishy, just delete.)
Gmail makes it easy to unsubscribe on the desktop. Whenever it notices a working unsubscribe link in a message, it puts its own unsubscribe link at the top of the message, right next to the address of the sender’s email. Click it and a giant Unsubscribe button appears.
It’s a little harder on mobile. In the Gmail for iOS, the only option at this point is to mark a message as spam; tap the three dots on the top right > Report spam. On Android, touch the menu; if the sender offers an easy unsubscribe option, the word Unsubscribe will appear on the menu.