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Stranger danger! You can stop Google+ Gmail messages from getting into your inbox

The all powerful Google can be tactless in so many ways, mere mortals like us should probably be glad there are ways of dodging its various fire-bolts. If you thought you couldn’t prevent strangers on Google+ from crowding your Gmail inbox, we have good tidings for you.

How to stop strangers from sending you Google+ Gmail email

We had mentioned in passing that you could opt out (not opt in, because it’s obviously Google we’re talking about here) of receiving mails from people you don’t know. If you’ve been wondering exactly how to do this, here’s how to go about it:

Gmail Settings

1. You can start by signing into your Gmail account
2. Look at the upper right hand side of your page
3. There’s a cog which represents ‘Settings,’ click on it
4. Under the General tab, go to ‘Email via Google+’
5. Pick ‘No one’ in reply to ‘Who can email you via your Google+ profile?’
6. Scroll down and click on ‘Save Changes’

“…they’ll only be able start another conversation with you if you respond or add them to your circles…” False!

Strangers can mail you more than once

Contrary to what Mountain View implied on its official blog, strangers can mail you more than once as long as you’ve chosen to receive Google+ Gmail messages. An unknown person can simply go to their Sent Mail box and hit Reply on their previous email to you and talk to you again.

Google Plus Gmail Opt Out

You would have to block messages from a person you don’t wish to converse with by hitting the Report Spam or Abuse link in the mail. Only then will you be able to avoid finding their greetings in your inbox. You can click Add to circles or reply to a person with whom you want to continue corresponding.

Emails from people you’re friends with on Google+ will wing their way into your Primary inbox, while those from folks who are not in your circles will be slotted into the Social category.