How To Whitelist Your Email
Sometimes essential emails get mixed up and misdirected…
Urgent emails are merged with the rest of the real spam mails that reduce every user’s overall productivity and space!
This article helps you to avoid that.
Whitelisting, or shall we say Safelisting your emails, bypasses the automatic spam filters in whichever platform you’re using.
The best plan of attack in making sure your important emails are where you want them to be (and not in the spam box) is to create a list of email addresses from your contacts.
The concept is simple…
However, all email service platforms approach safe listing in slightly different ways from the others.
Let me show you!
How to safe list GMAILs
Note: You cannot add a sender email to your contact list since a quick checkbox is unavailable.
But don’t worry; there are several practical ways to safelist your contacts in Gmail.
ADD EMAIL ADDRESSES TO CONTACTS
Step 1: Open your Contacts in Gmail. Find the icon with nine dots and click Contacts.
Step 2: Click Create Contact and fill out the details.
SAFELIST SPAM EMAILS
There’s also an easy way to safelist a friend that had already sent you an email before you had the chance to add them to your contacts.
Here’s the fix…
Step 1: Open your Spam Box by clicking on “Spam” from the navigation bar on the right.
Step 2: Find the email you wish to take out.
Step 3: Search for the Spam Label at the top of the email and click the “x” button next to the Spam Label to remove it.
ADD A NON-SPAM FILTER
It’s pretty easy to create a spam filter!
Step 1: Look for “Settings” (the gear icon on the upper right), click on it, and “See all Settings.”
Step 2: Select Filters and Blocked Addresses from the navigation links on top. Scroll down and select Create a new filter.
Step 3: Enter an entire domain (for people from the same company) or a specific email address in the Search mail form. When Done, click Create Filter.
Step 4: On the next form, select Never send it to Spam. Finally, click or tap Create filter.
And you’re done! The new filter will show up on your list of filters, too!
How to safelist Yahoo! Emails
You can safelist your Yahoo mails by adding the Contact or creating a filter – just like Gmail!
ADD A YAHOO CONTACT
Step 1: Open your Yahoo Mail and select the Contacts Card Icon located on the upper right corner. Select New Contact in the left navigation pane.
Step 2: Complete the Add Contact form and click Save.
Tadaaa! Any incoming email from this address will directly go to your Inbox, not Spam.
ADD A FILTER IN YAHOO MAIL
Adding a filter is a one-time, effortless measure to ensure that the email lands directly in your Inbox.
Step 1: Go to Settings (the Gear icon in the upper right corner of your inbox) and click More Settings.
Step 2: Tap Filters from the navigation menu on the left and then click Add new filters.
Step 3: The Add New Filter form will have plenty of things to fill out. Give the filter a name, and enter email addresses or domains you want to whitelist.
Click Save twice for the filter to activate.
The filter now appears in the filter list in the Filter window, and everything from the email addresses you’ve recorded will go straight to Inbox.
How to safelist Outlook Emails
If you’re an Outlook Online user, safe listing your friends is similar. Add Contacts to safelist friends or use the Safe Senders feature.
ADD CONTACTS IN OUTLOOK.COM
Outlook is as easy as Gmail or Yahoo when it comes to Safelisting your emails.
Step 1: Go and open your Outlook Online Contacts by hovering to the People icon on the lower-left corner of the window.
Step 2: Type in the details, and when you’re done, create the new contact.
As long as the email address is recorded, any email you’ve yet to receive won’t go to Spam.
ADD CONTACT TO SAFE SENDERS
Adding Safe Senders is the same as adding them as your contacts.
It’s a fool-proof way to keep your important messages out of the Spam Box.
Step 1: Go to Settings (the gear icon on the top corner) and click View all Outlook settings at the bottom of the list.
Step 2: Follow this path: Mail > Junk Mail> Safe Senders, then click add.
Step 3: A pop-up field will show where you list down email addresses or domains to add to the list. Press Enter when you’re done and then Save to finish.
How to Safelist Comcast Emails
While Comcast might seem new to some users, it’s already established as one of the most noteworthy Internet Service Providers in the US.
Comcast is branded as Xfinity; they offer customers a free email account.
Ways to safelist your friends in Xfinity are practically the same as other platforms.
ADD AN XFINITY CONTACT
Add them to your contact list. Easy.
Step 1: Log into your email account, hover to the top menu, and click on the Address Book.
Step 2: Click the Create Contact icon. Fill it up and save the form.
Want an even faster way?
You can safelist emails even from your other accounts.
Follow this path on Xfinity: Address Book > Import Contacts > Get Started.
Just walk through the wizard as it helps you in importing existing contacts from your other accounts (e.g., Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or even a text file)
ADD A SAFELIST EMAIL FILTER
Just like the rest of the platforms, create a Filter.
Step 1: Go to Settings (the gear icon on the upper right corner.)
Step 2: Under Mail in the left pane, click on Filter Rules, then the Add New Rule button.
Step 3: Make the Rule Name your friend’s name. Then Add condition > choose Sender/From. Type all email addresses or domains to Safelist in the Contains field > Add action link > Keep > Save new rule.
EMAIL SAFE LIST
This one’s pretty straightforward.
Follow this path: Settings > Advanced Settings > Email Safelist
Word of Caution: When you enable this feature, only the emails on your safelist will show in your Inbox – every other email not included will be discarded automatically.
It also prevents anyone else OUTSIDE THE LIST from being able to send you an email. Ever.
So you might wanna save this one for if you want to use your Xfinity account to communicate with a limited number of people.
It’s great for eliminating all spam types – although not very useful as an email overall, but it’s spamless, so I guess that’s a good trait.
So I guess that’s a wrap!
Just be wary of Spam Mails.
Aside from the annoyance, in the long run, they make you less trusting online – the longer you have to deal with them.
By doing any of the above, you’ll have a cleaner and more effective dashboard the next time you log in.