Make sure you are receiving the emails you WANT! Every day emails get junked, spammed, and forgotten. You can avoid all of that in a few easy steps.

What is a whitelist?

A whitelist is an email client’s list of trusted senders. You can whitelist someone to ensure that sender is added to your address book and your list of safe senders by opening that email and verifying that you trust the sender and the content of the message.

Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how to whitelist someone’s email, in some of the most popular email clients used today.

Apple Mail | OS X / iOS

Apple Mail on an OSX or iOS device provides a simple process for whitelisting your senders and adding them to Contacts.

  1. On your email, select the From or Reply
  2. Add this sender to Contacts or to VIPs
    • Add to VIPs means that future emails will appear in a VIP exclusive iOS mail folder.

Outlook 20xx

  1. Find the alert in the message header that reads “Click here to download pictures…” and click this alert
  2. Select “Add Sender to Safe Senders list”

Yahoo! Mail

  1. Open the email and select the “+” next to From: Sender
  2. Select “Add to contacts” and “Save”

Gmail (Webmail and mobile)

1. Inside your gmail account click the down arrow (circled below)

2. It will bring up a filter box below it. Enter the domain of the email you want to whitelist in the From field like this —  @howtowhitelist.com (insert sender’s domain)

3. Click Create Filter with this Search on the bottom of the box below.

4. Check the box –  Never send it to Spam

5. Click Save.

NOTE: Mobile Gmail devices doesn’t give you the same options. You can, though, touch “Show images”, and then “Always show images from Sender”to make sure any images you want to see will always show up.

Android (Default client)

  1. Open the selected email and select sender profile
  2. Select “Add to Contacts”

Windows Live Desktop

  1. Open the email in the desktop client
  2. An alert will pop up in a preview that says “Some images in this message are not shown.”
  3. Click that link, select and click “Add to Safe Senders list.”

AOL Mail

  1. Open your selected email and select the sender’s name in the subject line
  2. Select the drop-down menu and select “Add Contact