Gmail and Google+

Google's just implemented a new feature in Gmail that — by default — lets anyone in your Google+ circles send you email without actually having your address. (Google is sending out email now reminding folks that this is taking effect.)

Here's how to keep that from happening.

It's simple enough. Go to Gmail. Open the settings. In the general tap, scroll down to the "Email via Google+" section.

There you'll have four options

  • No one
  • Circles (folks you've added)
  • Extended Circles (these are folks added to circles by the folks whom you've circled)
  • Anyone on Google+ (all the folks)

By default (at least for us), this new feature is set to "Circles." Choose the one you want, scroll down and hit save, and you're back to normal.

You're welcome.

There are 51 comments

oldtimer42 says:

Why does your settings screen look very different from mine? Call me confused.

Perhaps I havent been upgraded yet?

Wobblin30 says:

Login to Gmail on the desktop

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petaf says:

Thank you!! I was confused!

sralj says:

I think it's showing the web interface.

jdbii says:

Thank you. Tips like these are much appreciated.

Darth Spock says:

Thanks! Leaning towards no one, but I might be able to allow Circles.

Darth Spock says:

By the way, my default setting was, "Everyone" prior to me changing it.

abausch says:

I don't see this in my Settings. Maybe they're rolling this out incrementally?

aergern says:

Yeah, it's not in my settings either.

Ludacon says:

you will get an email, in the updates folder if your are using the segmented inbox, bout the feature. It is titled: " Gmail update: Reach more people you know

once you see that you can change the setting!

abausch says:

Yes,I just got the email! And immediately changed the settings. Thanks.

Wobblin30 says:

Thanks Phil!

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ultravisitor says:

Mine was set to "No one" by default. Nice.

Jlav78 says:

Anyone. And I got the email while sleeping, anyone could have emailed me then


gabbott says:

Isn't this pretty much the same thing as they've had forever where you can have an option on your g+ profile for either anyone, nobody or some of your circles send you a message? Not referring to hangouts.

Just now they've integrated the setting into gmail, that is all.

I've had it enabled for anyone for a couple years now and didn't get any messages from people I didn't know so I'm not worried.

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TonyHoyle says:

Probably why the defaults are different for different people.. They copied the setting.

I don't really see the difference between that and allowing people to send you Google+ messages, except which app it ends up being displayed in.

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mlett says:

Agree. I think that's why they are making the change since it would be more helpful to send an email rather than a Google+ "message".

HoLfElDeR says:

My default setting was Anyone on Google+

Many Thanks,
My 'default' was anyone!

dietrichmd says:

defaulted to circles here. sorry mate

radgatt says:

Thank you for showing this.

Snookrc says:

Google did send out an email explaining this as well.

technomom says:

I wish I could choose what Circles to allow. It wouldn't be an all or nothing decision for me. For now, I'll have to go with "No one" even though I would prefer to probably allow my Family, Friends, and Coworkers circles to participate.

The "Anyone on Google+" default is the stupidest thing Google has ever done, imo, even with the "If people who aren't in your circles send you email this way, you must agree before they can send you more." caveat. I expect this to blow up in their faces in the weeks to come. Watch for Google to backtrack to making this Circles only or No one.

radiohawk says:

+1, I'm with you on that! Google's been crossing the line in my opinion to creepiness for some time now, so thankful I resisted being sucked into that purgatory they call google+

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Andy Wyman1 says:

Thanks for that, mine was set to Anyone on Google+. :-)

Mine was set to anyone, and didn't receive any email from Google

Thank you!!!!!

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cwmont13 says:

Phil thanks so much for this tip. I have two Gmail accounts and both were set to anyone. Now to check my Wife's account and my Mom's too.

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quailallstar says:

Mine was allowing anyone to contact me. Disabled to no one :-) thanks for the tip. Also posted this on my LinkedIn.

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planoman says:

I do not see this setting in my gmail accounts. I guess if you do not use G+ if does not apply? fine with me!

n0obpr0 says:

Thanks for the info!

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This helps so much!! Thank you Android Central!! :)

Tony Romano1 says:

Thanks Phil. Just got the email.

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sjsmr2 says:

I just got the email too. My default was "everyone on Google+".

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vicw926a4 says:

My account, and my wife's, were both defaulted to Anyone on Google+. That is disturbing, but thanks for pointing it out to us. We don't need emails coming from anyone on Google+. Good Grief.

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Zachylee says:

Thanks for the heads up.

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Zachylee says:

Thanks for the heads up.

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sprint4lyfe says:

You people are weak. Leaving it at anyone here.

I agree, I'm leaving mine on everyone. Anyone who's not in your circles can send you only one email unless you reply to them, and if I start to see overwhelming spam from what would be dozens of G+ accounts, it will take me 30 seconds to change my setting later.

People are really overreacting to this.

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bevcraw says:

Thank you, Phil.

patruns says:

Geeze, mine was defaulted to anyone. Thanks!

nasellok says:

Google + is a completely worthless attempt to socialize an email platform......FU google for forcing me into it

paisley99 says:

Dump it!

enigmax says:

One reason again Im not having G+ account and wont get it either. Too much sharing, sharing and even more sharing.

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Jeremy Rock says:

I kept mine everyone because I live dangerously.

hmmm says:

I assume if I don't have a Google + account then I won't get this setting? My settings looks vastly different from the screenshot above. Like is the "Undo Send" option new? I don't have that one either.

dogblade03 says:

Thanks Phil.

sakasune says:

My default was everyone. I was going to change it to Circles, but I think I'll leave it on Everyone until I get annoyed by it. It's good to know the setting is easily accessible.

Pirate Arr says:

Thanks for the post. Hate Google plus and everything related. Why must Google push it down our throats!

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grtros says:

I don't think it is a big deal. At least Google sent an e-mail to tell us about the change. If you are worried about getting email spam then just disable it.

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