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How to whitelist an Email address?

One of the most effective methods to guarantee that you receive the emails you genuinely care about is by whitelisting them. This handy approach safeguards your valuable emails from overenthusiastic spam filters, making sure that the right messages land in your Inbox rather than disappearing into the dreaded spam folder.

Whitelisting is like giving someone VIP access – you’re telling your email provider that these particular senders are trustworthy and their messages should take priority. This way, their emails will bypass any automatic spam filtering that might otherwise prevent them from reaching you.

Most email services utilize complex algorithms and user-generated data to identify and sort unsolicited, unwanted, or potentially harmful messages into the spam folder, ensuring that your primary Inbox remains clutter-free. However, these filters aren’t always perfect, so sometimes they mistakenly flag important emails as Spam.

By whitelisting the emails from the senders you trust, you’re effectively “teaching” your email provider that these messages are safe and relevant. This enhances the algorithm’s ability to differentiate between genuine email and Spam, ensuring that your Inbox remains organized and focused on the messages that matter most to you.

Taking a few moments to familiarize yourself with this process can significantly streamline your email experience and ensure that treasured messages from friends, family, and colleagues never end up overlooked in the spam folder.


To whitelist an email in Gmail, follow these steps.

  1. Select the cog icon at the top right of the Gmail screen
  2. Select ‘See all settings‘ within the popup window that appears on the right
  3. Select the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab
  4. Select Create new filter and add the sender email address in the From section
  5. Select Create filter and set it to Never send to Spam

Mail/Apple Mail

To whitelist an email in both iOS Mail and OS X Apple Mail Gmail, follow these steps.

  1. Open your mail app
  2. Select the sender address you want to add to your whitelist
  3. Select ‘Add to VIPs‘ or ‘Add to Contacts‘ depending on your device

Yahoo Mail

To whitelist an email in Yahoo mail follow these steps.

  1. Open Yahoo Mail and select Settings
  2. Select Filters and Add
  3. Name the filter and add the sender’s email address
  4. Select to send all mail to Inbox
  5. Select Save and Save

In addition, you can mark any emails from recognized senders as ‘Not Spam’ in your spam folder.


To whitelist an email in Desktop Outlook follow these steps.

  1. Select a sender in your Inbox
  2. Right click the mail and select Junk
  3. Select ‘Never block sender

The other way is:

  1. Select the top of an email in the preview pane. You’re looking for ‘Click here to download pictures.’
  2. Select that and you should see the option to ‘Add Sender to Safe Senders List‘.

So, how do you go about whitelisting those important messages? The process can vary slightly depending on your email provider, but most services offer user-friendly steps to add a sender to your contact list, mark a message as “not spam,” or create custom filters to manage incoming mail.