Gmail : How to Control who Can Send You Emails via Google+

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If you use Gmail, you may know that Google has created a bridge between Google+ and Gmail. In a blog post, Google announced that, Google+ users can now send messages via Gmail to other Google+ users without knowing their email address.

When a user of Gmail compose a new message , the list of Google+ connections appear below contacts. This new method offers Google contact a member of Google+ is interesting. If the person is in your Google+ circle then no need to ask him/her for an email, you can directly send mail to them.


I think this feature will improve the Google experience. Because this will be the feature which resembles the LinkedIn messaging system. It seems to be particularly useful for the self-employed and for those who wish to develop their network of business contacts.

However, for those who do not wish to be contacted by email by any member of Google+, it is possible to limit access to your circles, your extended or simply disable this feature for the specific Google+ circle.

Here’s how to control who can send you emails via Google+:

  • Open Gmail, head over to “Settings”. You can also click here to go to Settings.
  • In the General tab, select “Email via Google+”
  • In the drop-down menu, choose the emailing option you prefer.
  • Click “save changes”


Then there is an option to select the circle from you wish to receive the email messages. This is how you can easily control whether people can send you mail this way with a new setting in Gmail.

Note that, If a person is in your Google+ circle emails you, the email will appear in the Primary category of the Gmail inbox. and if you don’t have them in your circles, the email will get filtered and will go into the Social category and they can only start another conversation with you if you respond or add them to your circles.


Vishal Gaikar

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Vishal Gaikar is a professional blogger from Pune, India. If you like this post, you can follow him on Twitter.

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