Catalina Quick Tip: Block, Mute and Unsubscribe from Email

The Mail app in macOS Catalina has been updated to allow you to easily block and unsubscribe to emails. It can block all email from specified senders and move their messages directly to the trash. 

When you block mail from a specific sender, those emails will be automatically moved into the trash. I’ve found this to be a great time-saver in my never-ending battle with phishing and spam.

Just click the sender’s name in any email header and then click Block. Boom! They’re blocked

Screenshot of "Block Contact" menu item in macOS Catalina

Apple has built a new unsubscribe button in Mail that will appear above the email header from commercial list senders. Clicking the new link will send a request to have your email address unsubscribed from the list. This means you’ll no longer have to search through an email to find the “unsubscribe” link. Whoo hoo!

Screenshot of "Unsubscribe" button in macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina Mail also lets you “mute” an email thread that’s gotten out of hand.  This allows you to mute that email thread, which will stop any future incoming notifications from chiming your device.

Screenshot of "Mute" menu item in macOS Catalina

Click on an email in your inbox. Then go to the Mail menu bar and select Message. You’ll see various options, including “Mute.”


  • Well, I was initially thrilled to read this here. But it’s still not moving things to Trash. The only thing that has changed is that the messages in the Junk mailbox now have red hands on them.

    Any thoughts on that?

    If it doesn’t move the message to the trash, it’s of no use.

    I cannot see any other configurations to tick and “Move it to the Trash” is definitely selected for this major spammer I cannot get rid of called TheDailyGrind.

    Suggestions appreciated.