Spam has become such a huge issue over the years that spam filters will now filter out a lot of legitimate emails that are not spam. This can result in you never seeing important notifications, acocunt details, newsletters etc from your providers.
The best way to make sure the emails you really want to see don’t end up in the spam box is to whitelist email addresses or domain names from people you know.
Doing this is slightly different from one email service to the next, so in this article you’ll learn how to whitelist email addresses in every major email service.
Using the instructions below, we recommend you white list the following domains to ensure you always receive our emails.
There is no quick checkbox in Gmail to instantly add a sender email to an actual list of friends you want to keep out of the Spam box. However, there are several effective ways to whitelist your friends in Gmail.
On the Google Contacts page, just click Create contact, and fill out the Create new contact form. Google will send any incoming emails from your contact list directly to your inbox.
Sometimes, a friend may send you an email that ends up in the Spam box before you’ve had a chance to whitelist their email address. There’s a quick way to fix that as well.
Just open your Spam box by clicking on Spam from the navigation bar, and find your friend’s email. You’ll see a Spam label at the top of the email. Click the x next to the label to remove it.
One way to guarantee that your friend’s incoming emails will never end up in the Spam box is to create a filter.
Whitelisting an email address in Yahoo is very similar to Gmail. There are two ways to do this in Yahoo. You can either add the email address to your Yahoo contacts, or create a filter.
In Yahoo Mail, click on the Contacts card icon in the upper right corner of your Inbox. Click New Contact in the left navigation pane.
Fill out the Add Contact form with your friend’s name and email address. Click Saveto save the new contact.
Yahoo will no longer place incoming emails from this email address to your Spam box.
Another way to keep your friends’ incoming messages from Spam is to add a fliter that ensures the email lands in your inbox.
This filter will move the incoming email from that address directly to your Inbox by default.
If you’re an Outlook Online user, whitelisting your friends is similar. You can add Contacts to whitelist friends, or use the Safe Senders feature.
Adding contacts is just as easy as Gmail or Yahoo. You can get to your Outlook Online contacts by clicking the Applications icon at the upper left corner of the window. Then, click on the People application.
Type the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address. When you’re done, click Create to create the new contact.
Any email address listed in your Outlook contacts won’t go to the Spam folder.
Adding Safe Senders is a guaranteed way to keep friends out of your Spam box.
Any email from an address or domains in the Safe Senders list go directly to your Inbox.
Comcast, otherwise branded as Xfinity, is one of the most popular Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the country. For this reason, many people may need to whitelist their friends using that service.
If you sign up for it, Xfinity provides customers with a free email account. There are several ways to whitelist your friends with Xfinity.
Like the other email providers listed above, an easy way to keep friends out of the Spam box is to add them to your contact list.
To add an Xfinity contact, just log into your email account and click Address Book in the top menu. Then, click the Create Contact icon. Fill out the form, click Save, and you’re done.
An even faster way to whitelist emails of all of your friends is to import contacts from your other accounts.
When you click on Address Book, you’ll see an Import contacts link in the left navigation pane. Click Get Started, and walk through the wizard to import existing contacts from your other accounts like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or even a text file.
Like Gmail and Yahoo, the best way to whitelist friends in your Xfinity email account is to create a filter that guarantees the incoming email will go to your Inbox.
By choosing “Keep”, you’re ensuring that incoming emails from that domain or email address will land in your inbox.
In Settings, if you click Advanced Settings under Mail in the left navigation pane, you’ll see a section titled Email Safe list.
If you enable Use email safe list, only emails that are on your email safe list will ever show up in your inbox. Every other incoming email will be discarded.
This is ideal if you’re only looking to use your Xfinity email account to communicate with a very strict set of people. However, enabling this feature prevents anyone else from ever being able to send you an email.
This may be a great way to eliminate all forms of spam, but it also drastically reduces the usefulness of your email account.
If you have a web hosting account and manage your own domain, web hosts let you configure an email account to go with that domain.
Usually you manage the email account through the cPanel web host control panel. That’s also where you’ll find the Webmail link to access incoming email.
Common Webmail clients you’ll find in cPanel include Horde, Roundcube, or SquirrelMail. You could customize your email whitelists in those webmail clients.
But a much easier way to whitelist emails it by adding a filter right inside cPanel.
Credit to lifewire for this article: https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-whitelist-email-addresses-4588603