Block senders or unblock senders in Outlook.com

You can block messages from specific email addresses or domains from reaching your inbox. When you add an email address or domain to your blocked senders list, Outlook.com automatically moves messages from that sender to the Junk Email folder.

Note: You can have up to 1,024 addresses or domains in the blocked senders and safe senders lists. If you want to add more than that, try blocking domains instead of individual email addresses.

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The instructions are slightly different depending on whether you're using the Outlook.com beta. Choose which version of Outlook.com you're using to see the steps that apply to you.

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Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

If you're receiving unwanted email, you can block the email addresses and domains you don't want to receive messages from. Add any email address or domain to your blocked senders list to move these messages directly to your Junk Email folder.

Note: Email is automatically removed from the Junk Email folder after 14 days and is not recoverable. For more information, see Restore deleted email messages in Outlook.com.

  1. Select Settings Settings > View full settings.

  2. Select Mail > Junk email.

    A screenshot of the Settings menu with Junk email selected

  3. If you want to block an email address, enter the email address in Blocked senders and select Add. If you want to block all email from a domain, enter the domain name in Blocked domains and select Add.

    A screenshot of the blocked senders box

  4. Select Save.

If you want to remove someone from the blocked senders list, follow the instructions below.

  1. Select Settings Settings > View full settings.

  2. Select Mail > Junk email.

    A screenshot of the Settings menu with Junk email selected

  3. Select the address or domain you want to unblock, and select Remove .

There are times when you don't want messages from a specific person or domain to end up in your Junk Email folder. Messages from addresses or domains on the safe senders list won't get moved to your Junk Email folder.

  1. Select Settings Settings > View full settings.

  2. Select Mail > Junk email.

    A screenshot of the Settings menu with Junk email selected

  3. Under Safe senders, enter the email address or domain you want to add, and select Add.

    A screenshot of the safe senders box

  4. Select Save.

Tips: 

  • To edit or remove email addresses or domains from the blocked senders or safe senders list, select the item in the list and then select Edit or Remove .

  • To empty your Junk Email folder, select Junk Email in the left pane. At the top of the screen, select Delete all.

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

If you're receiving unwanted email, you can block the email addresses and domains you don't want to receive messages from. Add any email address or domain to your blocked senders list to move these messages directly to your Junk Email folder.

Note: Email is automatically removed from the Junk Email folder after 14 days and is not recoverable. For more information, see Restore deleted email messages in Outlook.com.

  1. Go to Settings Settings > Options.

  2. In the left pane, select Junk email > Blocked senders.

  3. Enter the email address or domain that you want to block and select The Add icon .

    A screenshot of the Blocked senders page.

  4. Select Save Save .

If you want to remove someone from the blocked senders list, follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to Settings Settings > Options.

  2. In the left pane, select Junk email > Blocked senders.

  3. Select the address or domain you want to unblock, and then select Remove .

There are times when you don't want messages from a specific person or domain to end up in your Junk Email folder. Messages from addresses or domains on the safe senders list won't get moved to your Junk Email folder.

  1. Go to Settings Settings > Options.

  2. In the left pane, select Junk email > Safe senders

  3. Enter the email address or domain you want to add and select The Add icon .

    A screenshot of the Safe senders page.

  4. Select Save Save .

    Tips: 

    • To edit or remove email addresses or domains from the blocked senders or safe senders list, select the item in the list and then select Edit or Remove .

    • To empty your Junk Email folder, select Junk Email in the navigation pane. At the top of the screen, select Delete all.

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