Be a Gmail Hero: Reporting Messages as Spam for a Better Life

For a good fifteen years, I have been an avid Gmail user. During this span of time, I have seen how the email service has expanded from being just a basic option to something much broader. One of the constant issues I’ve seen is the increase in spam. I believe everyone knows the troubles of having to weed through unwanted emails, to find that one important email you’re looking for.

Many people either ignore or delete the spam from their inbox. However, by doing so, the problem isn’t being addressed. What is more effective is reporting the spam to Google. This not only eliminates the particular spam from your inbox, but also sends it to Google for analysis. Then, Google can use the information gathered from the reported spam to improve everyone’s experience by blocking similar spam from even being delivered to inboxes.

By reporting spam, Gmail learns your preferences and becomes better at blocking such emails. Although, many might not know about this feature. Some might also find it time-consuming to report spam. However, from personal experience, reporting spam is a valuable investment of your time. Since I started reporting emails as spam, I have seen a massive decline in receiving junk and abusive emails in my Gmail account.

So, learning how to report spam is indeed worth the effort. Let me show you how it is done.

Here’s a step by step guide on how to report spam in Gmail:

Firstly, open your web browser and log into your Gmail account. Next, scan through your inbox for spam emails. To report an email, open it and click on the three-dot menu near the upper right corner of the reading pane. From the drop-down menu, click “Report Spam”.

A faster method is to use the multi-select option to find and select suspected spam emails. This will bring up a checkbox to the left side of the email. Then click on the icon in the Gmail toolbar that looks like a stop sign with an exclamation point. A pop-up will ask if you want to report or unsubscribe. If it is spam, click “Report” and you’re done.

By reporting spam in Gmail, you’re not only helping yourself but also the community by improving the email service for everyone. So, start reporting and don’t stop. It’s time to put a stop to those unwanted emails once and for all.