How to Whitelist a Contact in Gmail

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In this article I cover how to whitelist an email contact or entire domain within Gmail. This is accomplished by creating a Gmail filter under the “Filters and Blocked Addresses” available under “Settings“.

Google Gmail’s Spam detection feature works very well but sometimes requires a bit of fine tuning. For example, if you keep having messages from a particular sender delivered to your Spam folder you can create a filter to “Never send it to Spam” again. This effectively is an email whitelist feature within Gmail but is achieved by creating email filters.

Within your Gmail account, click on the gear icon located at the top right corner of your screen which will open your Gmail Settings.


Gmail Settings Icon


Whitelist an Email Address in Gmail

A drop down menu called “Quick settings” will appear. Click on “See all settings” which will take you to the entire Gmail Settings area. Select the “Filters and Blocked Addresses” tab which will show you any existing filters you may have already setup. To create a new filter simply click on the “Create a new filter” link down at the bottom center of the page.

Within the “From” field enter the specific email address you wish to “whitelist” or enter the particular domain name, like “”, which will allow every email address from that domain. Then select the “Create filter” link at the bottom.

On the next screen, select the “Never send it to Spam” option then click on the blue “Create filter” button. Feel free to adjust other settings if needed.


Creating an Email Filter on Gmail


If you want to allow more than one email address or domain, you don’t have to repeat these steps for each one. Rather you can separate the entries using the vertical bar ” | ” key on your keyboard. This key is usually above the “Enter” key and requires the use of the “Shift” key to insert it. Be sure to leave a space before and after the vertical bar. For example: | |

That should do it for whitelisting individual email addresses as well as entire company domains within Gmail.


Additional Gmail Filtering Tip

Upon the creation or addition of an email address or domain filter, not that the filter will not apply to email messages already received. It only works from the time you enable it meaning you’ll want to search your Spam folder one last time to ensure you’ve not missing any important communications from legitimate contacts.



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