Spam in Front


Front does not perform spam analysis. We sit on top of your email provider, so all messages that make it to your inbox will appear in Front. However, we do provide some options in Front for manually labeling spam and blocking senders.

Deleting spam in Front will not sync to Gmail/Office 365 or vice versa, as Front does not sync permanent deletions with other services.

Spam menu

Mark as spam / Block sender

If a message comes into Front that looks like spam, click the exclamation point icon to open the spam menu. Mark as spam will label only the current conversation as spam. Block sender will label the current conversation and all subsequent messages from this contact.

To use the Block sender feature in a shared inbox, you will need the permissions Conversations - Delete / mark as spam and Shared contacts - block sender. Check out this article to learn more.

Conversations that have been marked as spam in Front will appear in the Spam tab of the inbox and be marked with a purple exclamation icon.

Restore conversations

To restore a conversation and move it back into your inbox, click into your Spam tab. Select the conversation you'd like to restore, then click Restore in my inbox.

Unblock senders

To remove someone from your list of blocked senders, click into your Spam tab. Select the conversation from the sender you'd like to unblock, click the arrow icon, then click Restore and unblock sender

Location of spam conversations

The impacts of marking a conversation as spam vary based on who marks the conversation, and where they mark it from.

To learn more about what happens when you mark a conversation as spam from various locations, check out this article.

How the Spam status syncs


Front statuses and tags are associated with Gmail labels. The Spam label in Gmail is no exception to this.

If the conversation includes a Gmail channel, Mark as spam will tell Gmail that this message is spam by adding the Spam label. According to this Gmail article, adding this label means that Google will receive a copy of the conversation for spam analysis and may use information in it to protect all Gmail users from spam and abuse.

If Gmail marks a conversation as spam, that will be reflected in Front. There is an exception to this with Front rules. If a rule updates the status of the conversation to Archived, then this will remove the Spam label in Gmail.

Additionally, if Front can detect that a message marked as spam by Gmail was actually sent by one of your teammates using Front, we will remove the Spam label and sync that change.

Office 365

Front statuses and tags are associated with Office 365 folders. The Spam folder in Outlook corresponds to the Spam status in Front. If there’s no Spam folder in Outlook, Front will sync spam updates to the Outlook Trash folder instead.

Spam, phishing, and identity warnings

Front will also use several email authentication standards and can detect Microsoft Forefront anti-spam headers on incoming emails.  You can find more details on these here.