Disable Gmail’s Google+ Email Feature for Strangers

Disable Gmail's Google+ Email Feature for Strangers

Recently, Google introduced a new, somewhat contentious functionality for Gmail and Google+ users, allowing anyone with a Google+ profile the ability to send emails to Gmail users without needing their email addresses. This means that simply having a Google+ profile linked to your Gmail account makes you reachable via email.

However, users have the option to adjust these settings to control who can contact them.

Disable Gmail's Google+ Email Feature for Strangers

By default, the setting that allows anyone on Google+ to email you is enabled. Here’s how to modify it:

  1. Visit mail.google.com and log in to your account.

  2. In the upper right corner, click the settings gear icon.

  3. From the menu, select ‘Settings’.

  4. Under the ‘General’ tab, find the ‘Email via Google+’ section.

  5. Use the drop-down menu to select your preferred level of privacy: “Anyone on Google+”, “Extended circles”, “Circles”, or “No one”.

  6. Confirm your choice by clicking ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom.

For those seeking maximum privacy, choosing “No one” completely disables this feature.

If you prefer, selecting “Circles” allows only your Google+ circles to contact you, and “Extended Circles” permits friends of friends to send messages. The default “Anyone on Google+” option is open to any Google+ user contacting you.

If Google’s policies are becoming too intrusive, consider deleting your Google account altogether and perhaps switching to an iCloud account for a fresh start.

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