How to prevent random people on G+ from emailing you: opting out of Google's creepy new system

Google's incessant G+ push reached a creepy level today, as the search giant devised a way for random folks present on its social network to get messages on your Gmail address without even having it. If you haven't received a new email from Google on your phone or tablet's Gmail app, you will be soon, and it will basically inform you that now you can send Gmails to Google+ connections, which will appear when you type in the email's address bar. 

There's a flip side to this, of course, as anyone can send you emails, too, and that can potentially become a pretty annoying feature, though the sender won't see your actual email address, unless you respond to them.

If you are looking for a way out of it on your mobile device, don't, as despite having a link to settings for opting out, the ones you need can be found only if your access the desktop version of Gmail. So, go to your computer, and do the following, if you want none of it:

  1. Go in your Gmail account
  2. Click the gear at the top right corner of the screen to access the Settings option.
  3. You should be in the "General" tab of the Settings menu by default, click on it if you aren't.
  4. Go down the screen until you see the new "Email via Google+ section," which looks like this:

5. In the drop-down menu you will see the four options above - Anyone on Google+, Extended circles, Circles or No one - with the default being Anyone, which we don't really want. From here, just choose No one, click the "Save Changes" button at the very end, and that's that.



22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This feature is not available on either of my accounts...gosh darn...anyways - for those whining about Google, you should take a look at what Microsoft does. In general, if you use the internet, then your information can be found and used, no matter what you do, and if someone really wants it - those are the facts, jack....

20. makio9

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I don't find it creepy. Prior to today I found it idiotic that I couldn't talk to somebody I didn't know on Google+ *social media* unless I commented on one of their posts (which they are never going to see) There's been at least ten cases I really wanted to report something to the owner, but couldn't.

18. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Daniel I didn't creat/join Google+ and I can't find "Email via Google+" section. So, I don't have to do anything? FYI: I did join it once before, but disable it very soon after. I guess, it lasted only for a few weeks.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

All of these companies are trading our info. When I first signed up for my hotmail account around 5 years ago, the first 10 or so emails I got were spam, and I hadn't even given the address out for a week. Now that and my old Yahoo email are my throwaway accounts. I've never gotten any spam on my gmail account, and I've had that for 4 years. While I don't agree with what Google is doing (I don't do any of the social media BS) so far the worst I've seen is targeted ads, but none of it in my email.

16. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This article started to seem like if it was from Alan F.

11. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Don't be creepy.

14. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Don't be hyperbolic.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Uh, according to the blog page, a person can only send one message and that's it, plus it goes to the social inbox. As it is, the general public can't see my profile anyhow, so they can't email me as it is. NON ISSUE.

9. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

You do have the option of choosing whether or not to continue receiving emails from anyone emailing you through your profile. It's not like any one profile on G+ can just flood you with emails. I'm going to leave this option on by default. If I get too many unwanted emails, I'll turn it off later.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Which is fine, because anyone in my circles or following is fine if they email me. I follow Jolla and Cyangenomod, could care less if they emailed me, but I think for them it is far easier to just post as it is (kinda going backwards with email really).

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I am so sick of Google and their persistence on pushing their inferior social networking onto consumers along with invading our privacy. If I get one email from a G+ person, I'm filing a complaint with as many government agencies as I can.

8. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And why is it inferior? I have zero ads in the general interface. I doubt anyone can say that about Facebook.

13. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Yeah, because if you want to keep your data private, giving it to Government Agencies are a good place to start. /s

23. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

what dont u want them to find ?

24. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Nothing. I couldn't care less. I was just making a rhetorical comment towards mxtl... whatever. I have always operated under the belief that isp provide everything to the feds and have cor many years.

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

Sometimes I wonder if it is possible for you to be an even bigger idiot than you already are & you always prove that you can. You're going to file a complaint with as many government agencies as you can & tell them what? You got an e-mail from someone? Believe it or not, it's not illegal to e-mail someone. The only situation I can think of where it might be is after you opt-out of something & the proper amount of time has passed. If you're so sick of Google, go somewhere very, very far away where no one can find you & there are no technological items to be found. Then & only then might you be actually rid of Google. If not, STFU because no gives a S H I T.

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Mxy is just a troll, he has been on here for a long time spreading misinformation...

3. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

its really not annoying. . I think it's a very very useful feature. . +1 to Google for providing such great feature.

4. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

until some jack-hole starts spamming random G+ people with advertisements for Viagra...

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Messages are put in a separate folder, so it's not a problem, and anyway you can disable the featureā€¦

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Damn Google, you scary!

2. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Mine was set to circles only by default. I feel like this is exactly how it should be. Emailing is no different in any way than sending a G+ message, which Google allowed long before this was announced. Also, awesome family guy reference.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A big company that has more information on you than you do on yourself is scary.

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So paranoid, oh no Google please don't use my info to help meeee. Go live under a rock you cretin.

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