Create a Gmail Whitelist for your important Emails when you sign-up for a new site, join an online group, subscribe to a mailing list, or when trying to reset a password.
Nothing worse than never receiving important messages that you are expecting....
Gmail Whitelist to the rescue!
Whitelistingof Emails means ensuring that an Email doesn’t end-up in your spam folder or blocked by an Email system.
For Gmail users with the new tabs feature, you can create a Gmail Whitelist to ensure important Emails route to your Primary tab instead of the Spam or Promotions tab.
How to have messages appear in your Primary tab:
- Click on the “Promotions tab” to locate the desired Email. If you can’t find the desired Email in the Promotions tab, check your “spam tab” as well.
- Once you locate the Email, hover over the Sender's name and click “Add to Contacts”. This adds it as a trusted contact and it will not route to spam in the future. You can do this either from within the Email, or from the folder view.
- Now, drag-and-drop the Email to the Primary tab.
- Select “Yes” when it asks if you want to do that for all your messages.
That should complete the steps that should Whitelist that contact in Gmail. From now on, all the Emails from that sender should show-up in your Gmail Primary Inbox.
However, every now and then, you may find that Google is still sending an Email to the spam tab, even though you Whitelisted it!
If this is happening, you may need to take further steps to tell Google that the Email sender is not a Spammer.
First, tell Gmail that these Emails are not spam:
- Navigate to the Gmail spam tab.
- Select the messages that you wish to Whitelist.
- Select "Not spam".
Now that you set it as not spam, you can take an additional step and create a custom filter to ensure that all Emails from that domain remain out of your spam folder.
Create a custom filter in Gmail for an Email or domain:
- Click the “gear” icon in the top-right corner in Gmail and select“Settings”.
- Click on "Filters" and "Create a new filter".
- Next, either enter the high-level domain of the email you wish to Whitelist in the "From" field.
- Or, enter the specific email address you want to Whitelist in the "To" field.
- Select "Create filter with this search".
- In the box titled “When a message arrives that matches this search” select the check-box “Never send it to spam".
- Select "apply to matching conversations" and then hit the "Create filter" button.
OK.. That should finally do it for you and create a Gmail Whitelist that will always work!
If you still encounter problems, it is time to contact Google and see if there is some other reason that they are still flagging an Email as Spam.
Helpful Tips for creating your Gmail Whitelist Filter:
- Do not enter an Email address in both the "From" and the "To" fields. This would cause Gmail to only filter on Emails that met both of these criteria, which is not what you want!
- In the "From" or "To" fields, you can enter either a specific Email address or an entire domain, which includes all Emails ending with that domain name.
- To whitelist an entire domain, just type the the entire domain name preceded by the ‘@’ sign. For example, to Whitelist Email from anyone from “acmecorp.com”, you enter “@acmecorp.com” in the filter (with no quotation marks).
- You can enter multiple Email addresses or domain names in the fields by separating each one with the word “OR”.
- Please also refer to Gmails help page: Legitimate mail is marked as spam.