In this article, we’ll address in a step-by-step guide how to take control back of your inbox by showing you how to block an email on AOL, as well as how to unsubscribe from emails on AOL or report them as SPAM.

A Step-by-step Guide on How to Block Emails on AOL

Why Should You Block Email on AOL?

We all know how frustrating it is checking your latest unread mail to see numerous new emails cluttering up your inbox that you simply don’t care about. The process of removing and decluttering your inbox can take a chunk of time each day and result in potentially missing important communications. For those of us non-digital natives, sometimes understanding how to block emails, unsubscribe, or report SPAM in AOL can be tricky.

Learning how to block emails on AOL can revolutionise your daily routine; all you need to do is follow our simple guide following one of the suggested approaches below:

How to Block an Email Address in AOL?

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Block an Email in AOL on iPhone or Android

Unfortunately, in the AOL mobile app currently, you will not be able to directly block unwanted emails or senders. You can do this through using your phone’s web browser and following the directions for that method; however, it is unlikely to be optimized for mobile devices and may be less user-friendly. If you are using an iPhone and have AOL linked to your Apple Mail account, you can follow our guide on how to block emails on iPhone.

If you’re struggling with blocking emails in AOL from your phone, the simplest thing to do would be to connect your AOL account to Leave Me Alone and navigate all your subscriptions through our user-friendly dashboard.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Block an Email in AOL on the Web

To block an unwanted email sender in AOL on a desktop computer follow the steps below:

  1. Open and log in to your inbox.
  2. Open the offending email or select it within your mailbox.
  3. In the toolbar at the top of the screen select the three dots icon for More.
  4. Click on ‘Block senders’.
  5. A window will appear giving you options on what you’d like to do with the messages from the sender going forward.  You will see that ‘Block all future emails’ and ‘Delete all existing emails’ are preselected but you can make any changes you would like.
  6. Press ‘OK’ to lock in your newly blocked settings.

Some AOL users prefer the classic version of AOL, so if you’re one of those then this is how you block unwanted emails in AOL Basic Mail:

  1. Click the box next to your account name and choose ‘Settings’ from the menu and select ‘Go’.
  2. Select ‘Blocked Addresses’ on the left side menu.
  3. Enter the email address that you have chosen to block and press ‘Add’.
  4. Within this there is also the option to select a checkbox to ‘Only accept messages from senders in your contact list’ which blocks everyone that isn’t saved as a contact.

How to Block Emails on AOL using Leave Me Alone?

Third-party services provide a simple solution to solve the problem of unwanted emails, including how to block emails on AOL. Leave Me Alone helps you to clean up your inbox by showing you all the newsletters you’re subscribed to and enabling you to easily unsubscribe with a single click. There’s no need to open the message, follow any links, or click through to the company’s website.

To clean your AOL inbox using Leave Me Alone, we have a comprehensive step by step set up guide below that I would recommend following:

  1. Visit the Leave Me Alone website and sign up.
  2. Connect your AOL account to the app

Please note that in order to use the features of Leave Me Alone app, you need to give permission to access your AOL Account. To do this securely you will need to:

  • Generate an app-specific password in AOL by following this simple guide.
  • Once you’ve created this password you’ll need to paste that into the Leave Me Alone website

Now that you’re fully connected you will see the list of all the newsletters you are subscribed to in the Leave Me Alone dashboard. These are automatically sorted by the number of monthly letters, so you can quickly make a judgment on what contact is clogging your inbox the most and select ‘Unsubscribe’ on the right hand side of the screen.

Unlike some other email unsubscription services Leave Me Alone will follow the unsubscribe link on your behalf and fully unsubscribe you from this sender. Even if you stop using the Leave Me Alone service, you will not get an email from them again.

Leave Me Alone also offers other built in services to help clean up your inbox. Often we find that our users will have newsletters that they enjoy reading but would like to take back some control over precisely when they’re being shown them.  If this sounds like you, we offer you the option to add that sender to a Rollup.  You would then receive their emails grouped together each day or week as a pre scheduled digest email at a time that’s convenient for you to peruse.

The app also allows you to organize your inbox not only in AOL, but in other services like Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud, Fastmail, Gmail, and many more. You can connect as many email accounts as you like!

How to Mark Emails as SPAM in AOL?

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Mark an Email as SPAM on AOL on iPhone or Android

  1. Launch the AOL app
  2. Select an email from the sender you are wanting to mark as SPAM.
  3. Tap the hamburger menu on the bottom-right.
  4. Select the option ‘Mark as spam’.
  5. Repeat this process for all the other senders .

All email providers recommend marking SPAM as SPAM as soon as you spot them, as this will help the email provider’s internal SPAM filtering system going forward.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Mark an Email as SPAM on AOL on the Web

  1. Open and log in to your inbox
  2. Open the offending email or select it within your mailbox
  3. Click on the ‘SPAM’ button located on the toolbar at the top of the window

As with blocking emails in AOL, the process looks slightly different if you’re still using Basic AOL Mail. This is how to mark an email as SPAM in the classic AOL version:

  1. Log into your AOL account
  2. Select the message you’d like to report by clicking the checkbox on the left
  3. Select the ‘SPAM’ button on the toolbar at the top of the window


How to Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists in AOL

Unlike providers like Gmail and Yahoo, AOL doesn’t give you the simple one-click unsubscribe option alongside marketing mail. The recommendations from AOL are that you mark newsletters as SPAM, and if you’re then given the option, then click ‘Unsubscribe’ meaning you will be taken off of that mailing list. However, you can also choose to open the email and select ‘Unsubscribe’ within the content of the mail (usually in the footer of the mail) or follow our guide on the different ways you can unsubscribe from an email without opening it.

How to Block Emails with Certain Words on AOL

To block emails containing specific words or phrases click on ‘Options’ in the top right corner, then ‘Mail Settings’, go to the ‘Filter’ settings tab, select ‘Create a filter’ and type the words you would like to be blocked before saving.

How to Stop SPAM Emails in AOL

To block SPAM on AOL, we recommend a multi-pronged approach. Make sure to report SPAM as soon as it enters your inbox to reduce pile up, add any SPAM senders to your blocklist and consider using a third-party app like Leave Me Alone to shield your inbox from future SPAM mail.


We hope that after reading this simple guide, you are able to easily block unwanted mail on AOL and enjoy a less cluttered, more productive inbox from now on. We also have simple guides for blocking emails on Gmail, iCloud and Outlook which might come in handy for any other email addresses you manage.

One final reminder: the most efficient way to reduce your mailbox stress is to avoid manually blocking senders one-by-one. Instead, use Leave Me Alone, and you’ll have a clean inbox in a matter of minutes. Through the Leave Me Alone platform, you’ll see all of the email lists you’re subscribed to in one place and be able to quickly remove the ones you no longer need.

To have a go, and start taking back control of your inbox for free, simply sign up to Leave Me Alone today.