How to disable GMail's spam filter
GMail's spam filtering is usually excellent, but sometimes it can get over-zealous. The first thing to know is that mail from people in your GMail Contacts list is never flagged as spam. So regular correspondents should be added to to your GMail Contacts.
If you want to turn off GMail spam filtering altogether, here's how...
The following steps will set up a filter to ensure that all e-mail goes to your Inbox and never to your Spam folder...
- Log into GMail.com in your web browser
- Click 'Options' (the cog icon on the top right of the screen)
- Click 'Mail Settings'
- Click 'Filters'
- Click 'Create a new filter' (at bottom of list)
- In the 'Doesn't have' field, enter "opsjk fokjaw9ptu4398ru39u9u93flkoifjew" (or any other long, random character string you choose)
- Click 'Next Step'
- Tick the box "Never send it to Spam"
- Click "Create Filter".
I have several secondary GMail accounts that currently forward all mail to my master GMail account. By disabling spam filtering on all except the master GMail account, there is only one Spam folder to check periodically for false positives (mis-labelled "ham").