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How to Prevent Emails from Landing in Gmail's Spam Folder

How to Prevent Emails from Landing in Gmail's Spam Folder

Emails that land in your spam folder are unpredictable. Sometimes they do get in there, sometimes they don't. One of the simple tricks to prevent emails from landing in your spam folder is to ensure that you have the email address ( added in your CONTACTS. But, sometimes that's not enough, especially with email delivery of alerts coming from a website service.

With Gmail, you can prevent this from happening by adding EMAIL FILTERS. This will help you to explicitly make a sender, or even with the use of keywords, to put filtered emails to your INBOX.

Start by logging in to your GMAIL account > click the GEAR icon at the top right > then SETTINGS.

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gmail create a new filter

Now, let's force GMAIL to not mark emails coming from as SPAM. Let's create a filter by setting in the FROM field then proceed by clicking the CREATE FILTER link.

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Setup your filter upon your discretion but make sure to tick both the NEVER SEND IT TO SPAM and ALSO APPLY FILTER TO MATCHING MESSAGES checkboxes. Click the CREATE FILTER button once you're done.

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Prevent Emails from Landing in Gmail Spam Folder

Related article from Gmail:

Now that you have created a filter, what should you do to apply this to a specific label that you defined in Gmail, so that you can view all the filtered emails together? Please refer to our blog post to learn how to label emails in Gmail.

This should filter ALL emails coming from to your INBOX and never to your SPAM folder. It may help to add in your filter too.

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  • Kevin

    ALL emails from Inbox on Gmail have automatically moved into the spam folder. Moving them 50 at a time back into the inbox will take forever. Any way to move all of them at one time?

    Nothing has changed in my email settings to move all past and current incoming emails into spam.

    I seem to have the same problem as others below.

  • Jane Pellicciotto

    This is crazy. You know how many emails I get running two businesses? I shouldn't have to set up filters for this. All of a sudden, gmail is dumping known contacts, people I email with all the time, into the spam folder. I never look in spam. I have never needed to. I keep clicking "add to contacts" and it is still putting those peoples' emails into the spam folder!

  • enigma

    Nicely done article. I wish it could've helped me. My gmails are going to spam. The problem is that when I click on settings what I get looks nothing like what you get and there is nothing anywhere about "filters". I'm so bummed!

  • Useful Article.

    It is a nice information.

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  • Tejas Sawant

    Thanks for the article. Do you know any way that won't let Gmail mark any of my mail spam?

  • Marcelo O

    You guys may want to check this link below. I was having the same issue sending emails. It may be related to the DNS records.

  • Louise Steele

    Completed the action of creating a filter.

  • J Morrow

    I have done everything you say and it still goes to spam. It’s a lost cause!

  • Billy Carter

    Does no good with filters, same emails but a little variation in email address each time and unlimited possibilities for to continue. Need to block the server site....

  • Jeff Nay

    It is impossible to send a message to all of our clients that use GMail, instuctiones on how to create a Filter.
    When there is no reason that the emails are going into the spam folder in the first place.
    Who do I need to contact or what do I need to do, to make sure that emails coming from our domain are not placed in GMail recipients spam folder.

  • andy

    I'm hoping for any other solution you may have. I follow your step to avoid having my email address sent to Spam folder. But for some reason, the step to prevent it did not work for me.
    Really appreciated if you can help me out.

  • Bhaumik

    Thanks bro. This was very useful!!

  • Dean Warren

    Why can I not block an address totally so that I never see mail from it in spam, inbox or any other box?

  • Vida Langdon

    This happens to me for the past 2 months.
    THe email is on my contact list and I have been emailing with it for years and all of a sudden it's going to SPAM. I moved it, set up a filter, marked it as not spam but nothing works. From what I've read below it seems to be a common current problem and why is gmail not fixing it?

  • Mike Williams

    Gmail sends Google's own security alerts to spam. Idiots.

  • Nancy Lipp

    I am still getting my important emails going into SPAM. I have followed all the instructions, they are in my contacts, I have written many different filters and said not spam and checked never send to spam and a few make it into the inbox, but some end up with headings that indicate they are both in the inbox and SPAM at the same time when they are actually in SPAM. I am out of ideas and really frustrated because these are important emails. If I move them to the inbox, I do not receive them in my outlook app. I forward them out of spam and then I have them but this is a daily struggle. HELP. Nancy

  • JD

    How to set Gmail to always include the Sender's email below my reply?

  • Krista Helton

    Many important emails are all of an sudden going to my junk folder! HELP! Creating business problems. Even emails forwarded from my husband go to junk & we work together!

  • bstrull

    I'm seeing the same problem with yahoo mail sending everything to Spam. Setting up a filter isn't a viable answer as we will have 100s of one time users filling out our scholarship application form. We can't expect them to set up a filter.

    Is there a way to use my organization email address as the sender or reply-to address rather than it coming from jot form?

  • randi

    All of a sudden (April 2019) my emails are going to JUNK. These are emails that I have normally been receiving and are valid. And today, many of my emails are bouncing to "reply all" that I am sending to my work group (not even set up as a group -- simply replying to an email with 7 recipients).

    What's going on with google mail?

  • Alex

    I am having problems with Gmail blocking emails altogether. They aren't even going to spam. GMAIL just won't receive them at all? Will creating a filter help with this? My emails are forwarded from a separate server and they are received there but some are just not received by gmail. How can i fix this?


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  • Rick

    I want to know how to stop the emails that I am sending to customers with @gmail, from landing in their spam folders. This happens ONLY with gmail and no other email services. The directions you provide are only for people with gmail, but does not address individuals sending to gmail. What can we do on our end??

  • Cara

    I sent you a message but accidentally deleted your reply!
    This is what happens: After a short period of time when I am composing, sending or just checking Googlemail, I check the Spam folder and most of my Read emails from the Inbox are in Spam! New messages go into Spam, no matter how many times I click on them and click "Not Spam". This just started happening suddenly. I have even taken out ALL the Filters and Blocked addresses and the same thing keeps happening, over and over my Spam folder fills up with Read and new Unread messages -- even an email I sent to myself ended up there.

  • Cara

    Suddenly ALL my mail, read and unread, suddenly keeps ending up in Spam over and over. It seems anytime I send a message or edit an outgoing message, all the Inbox emails go into Spam -- that's several times a day, no matter how many times I click on the emails and then "NOT SPAM.

  • rob

    hi, i always had my settings set up like this but as of 2 months ago the majority of my mail is again getting sent to spam. even with the extra added label.
    is there anything else i can do?

  • Solanki Thakur


    nice article, I was getting an email from these type of accounts in my Gmail spam. now trying to fix.

    thanks for sharing the article. thanks!


    Very useful information and really problem is rectified and solved immediately, Trillion thanks to you

  • Annick

    thanks - very helpful. Now I'll see if it works....

  • Bobcaygeon Music

    Great help! Problem solved.

  • Johannes Bols

    All this work for something google should've factored in in the first place?

  • Brian

    Really useful information which enabled me to deal with a friends emails which, suddenly, stated going into Spam. Thanks.

  • Ionut Istrate

    Ohooo Mannny thanks Its working as Charm, After 3 days researching and modify my php code no succes till your post. Manny thanks for it.

  • John Wagonis

    On the receiving end this is fine. But what about the question: How do I stop Gmail from putting the e-mails "I send" in others' GMail SPAM folders?

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  • pamela brown gaines

    I am reporting spam on my account. It's all sex postings and as a christian, it bothers me. I am going to try to do it now, and if
    it doesn't process, I'll get back to you. thank you.

    Pamela Brown Gaines.

  • Marie Oreskovich

    We suddenly have several customers saying that email from our Gmail domain email is ending up in their Spam during the last week. Users are using Microsoft O365, and GoDaddy.

    Did something change with our company Gmail Sending that we need to be aware of and address?

  • Niall Flynn

    Post the new Gmail interface this all went pete tong for me. Mails from large clients using proper email servers in spam, but yet all the Nigerian gold scams all top and important now. Somethings changed, this was the only reason I used paid gmail its really gone to the dogs since around Oct 2018.

  • Lindsay

    Unfortunately this tip doesn't work for me - GMAIL is suddenly prefixing my bank emails with "[SUSPECTED SPAM] ". Even doing this "filter" trick AND having the address "noreply@mybank..." listed as a Contact it still is doing it. A right pain!

  • Mekonnen Bekele

    I am very happy if my inbox email is not going to spam

  • Zafar Iqbal

    If we type receiver email address in and create a filter never send to spam then all email receive in will not go to spam .

  • jarek lecher spam

    error my email

  • Gergo

    It works! Sadly you can't set that all gmail account put your e-mails into the "inbox" folder, in place of "spam" folder, but at least our everyday contacts can do something with this. Google would have to fuck all it's security failures. Not just the user interface is inconvenient but it can't specify an innocent mail as "inbox".

  • Cesar Yaipen Passalacqua

    this only works for one client, but it doesn't fix the problem for the entire domain

  • Solomia

    Thanks for this informative article. For those who are interested in this theme i can recmmend to read It is really hepful one

  • chrisa

    Thank you! It worked perfectly. Your instructions are some of the clearest and most comprehensive I've ever seen.

  • linda allen

    You Can Try Various Troubleshoot Methods to recover your mails from spam ,google finds some mails having attachments as suspicious and marked them as spam,you can apply troubleshooting on them ,check here

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