How to Unblock Senders in Hotmail?

Microsoft Hotmail, better known as the revamped Microsoft Outlook, is essentially your Hotmail with a rather fresh coat of paint that also came with a ton of features and improvements in almost all the key areas. One of the features that is rather hidden in the settings is the ability for a user to block or to unblock their contacts if they so desire.

Typically, the process of blocking a user may be carried out for one of the following reasons:

  • Maybe the sender on the other end was sending spam emails, the type which might have gotten past Hotmail / Outlook’s spam filters
  • Maybe the other person sends advertisement emails that were relevant at first but have slowly converted themselves to the intolerant and unsolicited type
  • Maybe it is due to any personal or professional reasons
  • Or maybe you blocked the other person totally by accident

Whatever the reason of blocking that person may be, you still have the ability in your Hotmail account / Outlook account to unblock that person at your free will. If you would like to receive all future emails from them again just like the day before you blocked him / her, the following article will help you in doing exactly that.

There are two ways that you could have used when you blocked that person or people: Either you blocked him / her from your blocked list of senders or you used a filter to do the same. In this article, you will find solutions to both of the above two methods.

How to Unblock a person or persons from your blocked list of senders

  1. Log in to your Hotmail.com / Outlook.com account by entering your email id and password at outlook.com. If you sign in at either https://www.mail.live.com, you will still be greeted with the same page as with the previous address.
  2. After signing in with your account, click the settings (gear) icon at the top right of your screen.
  3. Click on Options which is at the last in the dropdown list.
  4. The options pane will open up. In this, select the Mail category and then select the Junk email sub-category.
  1. The first option under the Junk email sub-category is of Blocked senders. Clicking this option will open the corresponding screen where you will be able to see all the email addresses that you have blocked due to some reason mentioned above.
  2. To remove the required email address or addresses, select the address or addresses from that list of entries.
  3. Above the text box that you used to input email addresses while blocking, you will see a trash can (delete) icon. Click on it to delete the selected entries from the list below.
  4. But before you go back, do click on the Save button above the Blocked senders heading at the top.

How to Unblock people if you blocked them using a filter

  1. Again, log in to your Hotmail.com / Outlook.com account by entering your email id and password at outlook website.
  2. After signing in with your account, click the settings (gear) icon at the top right of your screen.
  3. Click on Options which is at the last in the dropdown list.
  4. In the options pane, click on the Mail category and then select the Automatic processing sub-category.
  1. The Inbox rules page will open up. From the list of rules, select the desired rule that according to you is the reason that certain emails are getting blocked from reaching your inbox.
  2. At the top, you will see a trash can (delete) icon. Click on it to delete the selected entries from the list below.
  3. But before you go back, do click on the Save button to make sure that your changes are saved. 

After following either (or both!) of the above solutions, I’m sure that you will be able to get rid of the block / unblock problem that you were previously facing. Do you have any other recommended solution that should have been mentioned? Or do you think that there is a shortcut to any of the steps mentioned above? If so, you can always use the comments section down below to type all the information that you want to convey to our readers.

Note: This guide is meant for the stable version of Outlook.com / Hotmail.com. If you are using any of the beta versions, the settings layout or the layout of the options pane might look different, though the steps to unblock a sender will generally be the same as before.