Blocked email on an Apple arriving in your inbox?

Have you ever wondered why blocking email senders on a Mac or IOS device doesn’t seem to work?

There may be a very obvious reason why Apple allows emails from blocked senders to be delivered to your inbox, but I certainly can’t imagine what that reason might be. Indeed, I would have thought that the very definition of “blocking” senders meant that they were blocked from getting emails into your inbox. Isn’t that the whole point of blocking them?

Am I missing something? Quite possibly, but if I’m missing something then you might be as well. Like me, you might want to banish emails from blocked senders before you get a chance to see them.

If you want to block a sender on an iPhone, here’s what you do:

  • Go to Settings > Mail > Blocked Sender Options
  • The default option is then shown as “Leave in Inbox”
  • It’s easy enough to put a tick against “Move to Bin” and that will resolve the issue. Blocked senders are now blocked

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The method for doing this on an iPad is the same as for the iPhone (Go to Settings > Mail > Blocked Sender Options), but the screen layout is slightly different.

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If you want to block a sender on a Mac, here’s what you do:

  • Open the Mail program
  • Click on the Mail command on the top bar
  • Click on Preferences
  • Click on the Junk Mail tab
  • Below the Junk Mail tab, click on the “Blocked” tab
  • Make sure that there is a tick against “Enable blocked mail filtering”
  • Click on the circle next to “Move it to the Bin”

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Note that, under the “Junk Mail Behaviours” tab , there are similar options for the action to take when supposed “junk mail” arrives. This, of course, is a different question from that of what to do when you have explicitly blocked senders. There are quite sophisticated options available for the action to take with suspected junk mail. These are available by clicking on the “Advanced” button when “Perform custom actions” has been chosen as the action to take for junk mail.

It seems to me that it is logical to ask whether to allow suspected junk email to be displayed in your inbox, but I’m completely baffled as to why you would want email from blocked senders to make it through.