Turn Off Gmail ‘Feature’ That Lets Google+ Strangers Email You [Tip]


Google controversially brought Gmail and Google+ closer together this week by introducing a new feature called Email via Google+, which allows anyone with a Google+ account to send messages to your Gmail inbox — even if they don’t have your email address. Unsurprisingly, most Gmail users aren’t so keen on it.

But you’ll be pleased to know there is a quick and easy way to disable Email via Google+ — just follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Gmail in your web browser and log in to your account
  2. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner and then select “Settings”
  3. Under the “General” tab, scroll down until you find “Email via Google+”
  4. Click on the drop-down and select the option that best suits you — that’ll be “no one” if you don’t want anyone who doesn’t have your Gmail address already to send you messages
  5. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click “Save Changes”

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You settings will now take effect.

If you don’t mind receiving messages from people in your Google+ circles, then you can select the “Circles” option. If you’d prefer not to receive messages from those who don’t have your email address, choose “no one” instead.