Login Tips > AOL Login >

AOL Mail Blacklist: block email senders and domains

Block senders from your AOL Mail account!AOL Mail comes with a block list, a powerful tool that allows you to blacklist email addresses and even entire domains from reaching your inbox. (The "domain" is the part of an email address that comes after the "@" symbol.) Blocked email messages are by default moved to your spam folder, but you can configure those to be deleted right away, so you never even see them!

Tip: your blocked list works in conjunction with AOL's junk mail filter, not instead of it. The best way to deal with unsolicited mail that made its way to your inbox is to manually report that message as spam, not to manually block its sender; besides, it's often the address of an unsuspecting person whose email account was hacked! Another tutorial explains how to configure AOL spam settings.

Quick Steps to block senders and domains from AOL Mail:

  1. 1 Login to AOL and go to your inbox.
  2. 2 Click on Options (top right) and pick "Mail Settings".
  3. 3 Select Spam Settings on the left.
  4. 4 Add or remove email addresses from your Sender Filter.
  5. 5 Use the Content Filter to block mail by attachment or keyword.
  6. 6 Optionally tweak the last setting on handling blocked mail.
  7. 7 Click Save Settings at the bottom.

Options to handle blocked mail

Configure AOL Mail settings Once logged into your account, click on the Options button (top right), and select "Mail Settings" from the dropdown.

On the next screen, click "Spam Settings" on the left.

The Sender Filter is where AOL keeps track of senders and domains you want to block. By default, your blocked list is empty. Before we start adding email addresses to block (next section), here are other choices AOL Mail gives you: click on the dropdown arrow next to "Block mail from addresses I specify". Blocked messages settings in AOL Mail

Mail blocking scenarios

Here are the six blocked mail scenarios you have:

Save AOL Mail settings To use any of the last five options, select the one you want and click on "Save Settings" (bottom of the page). Note that no email is retroactively moved: only future messages will be affected by the change you just made!

Manually add email addresses to your AOL blocked list

If needed, select "Block mail from addresses I specify" from the dropdown menu; then, type an email address and hit Enter (or click on the "+" plus sign button) on the right: Manually blocked email addresses in AOL Mail Keep going until you've added the addresses of everyone who bugs you! See the next two sections to block domains, and to customize how blocked messages are handled.

Note: if you are blocking other AOL members, you don't need to type their full email address. If you only enter a username (without a domain), AOL will assume that it is an email address that ends in "@aol.com" - be aware that this handy time-saver could make you accidentally block someone you didn't mean to block, so always be cautious when entering a new blocked sender!

Save AOL Mail settings When you are done, scroll down and click on "Save Settings" (AOL should remind you about unsaved settings before you leave to your inbox).

Block emails from an entire domain

To blacklist all email addresses ending the same way (e.g., all addresses that end in "@example.com"), you can type the domain name ("example.com"), but AOL will also accept "@example.com" or "*@example.com": the asterisk is a common tech symbol to mean "everything". In any case, the blocked email domain will appear the same way in your blocked list: Block domain name in AOL Mail

Caution: blocking all senders from a particular domain means that you will not receive (in your inbox) messages from ANY sender whose email address ends with that domain, indiscriminately. So use this mass-blocking tool with caution, or you might inadvertently lose a few friendships!

Remove a person from your blocked list

If you change your mind, you can unblock an email sender or domain: this won't bring that person's messages back, but it will allow future messages to go through to your inbox like regular emails. Once signed into your account, go back to Options > Mail Settings > Spam Settings. Move your mouse above the blocked sender you want to reinstate, and click on the "x" button on the right: Unblock senders or domains from your AOL account

Block email messages by file attachment or keyword

Two more options under your spam settings let you block emails: look at the two checkboxes under "Content Filter": if you check the "Block mail containing pictures or files" checkbox, any message that comes with an attachment or embedded (inline) pictures will be blocked: Automatically block emails with attachments

If you check the "Block mail containing specific words and phrases" checkbox, a text box and listing will appear beneath. Type a keyword or key phrase inside the text field and hit Enter (or click on the "+" plus sign button). Each message that contains that particular word in the subject line or email body will automatically be blocked! Use with caution, or at least regularly check your blocked messages for accidental blocking: some words can be used in perfectly innocent contexts. Block messages by matched keywords

Where does blocked mail go?

By default, AOL uses the safer choice, which is to move any messages from blocked senders or blocked domains to the Spam folder. If you want to have blocked emails automatically deleted, select the "Permanently delete blocked mail" option at the bottom: Permanently delete blocked messages in AOL Mail

Caveat: email messages in your Spam folder are automatically deleted, so make sure to get into the habit of regularly checking that folder for legitimate emails accidentally filtered as spam, but also to double-check blocked emails moved in it (especially if you have blocked an entire domain!)

Donate, speak out, or read more!

AOL LoginFacebook LoginHotmail Sign In (Outlook.com)Microsoft Security Essentials Tutorial (Windows Defender)Windows 7 TutorialYahoo Login
© 2016 Login Tips, All Rights Reserved - Tutorial last updated on October 28, 2014 - About | Feedback | Disclaimer | Sitemap