Improvements to Gmail approved and blocked address lists in the Admin console

What’s changing

Google is adding the following improvements to help you easily view and manage your admin address lists for approved/blocked senders:

  • New search capability: You can now search your address lists. Click the magnifying glass icon to open a search bar. The search takes place as you type.
  • Sorted and deduped lists: Address lists are now sorted alphabetically, first by domains then by users. Duplicate entries are automatically removed.
  • View your entire address list at once: They’ve added a View All option at the bottom of these lists. This button takes you to a read-only summary view, displaying all entries on the address list.

Increased emphasis on sender authentication requirement for approved senders
They’ve also made some changes to emphasize sender authentication. The sender authentication requirement is meant to protect your users against spoofed messages. You can now clearly see which of your approved senders require authentication, and Google strongly encourage you to enable authentication for any senders that currently have this disabled.

When you add new senders to an approved senders list, the “Require sender authentication” setting is enabled by default. Learn more about how sender authentication protects your domain in the Help Center.

Who’s impacted

Admins only

Why you’d use it

Gmail administrators use address lists in the Admin console to maintain lists of approved senders, blocked senders, or even addresses and domains for routing and compliance rules. They are improving the way you sort, search, and manage these lists to make this easier than before.

How to get started

Additional details

  • Sender authentication was, and still is, required by default, and Google strongly encourage you to enable authentication for any senders that currently have this disabled. The sender authentication checkbox has changed from “Do not require sender authentication (not recommended)” to “Require sender authentication (recommended)” in order to make it easier for admins to determine if sender authentication is enabled or not for a specific address.
  • Your addresses are now sorted and deduped. Your address lists will now be sorted by domains, and then by users, and may be smaller than the previous lists due to the removal of duplicate entries.

Helpful links

Availability

Rollout details

G Suite editions
Available to all G Suite editions

On/off by default?
This feature will be ON by default.