Fastmail, which is known for being one of the best alternatives to Gmail and iCloud, is beta testing new Rules and Filters. To use the new features, users must turn the Beta option on via Fastmail’s iOS or Android app. They can do that by navigating to Settings > Device Settings > Show Advanced Settings, tapping on Beta, and then closing and reopening the app.
After the Beta option has been turned on, the app will prompt the user to activate the new Rules and Filters. Be aware that the prompt may not happen immediately.
Blocking emails and domains
Before the new blocking filter, users had to set up rules to filter out unwanted email addresses and domains. Fastmail has simplified the task with the new Blocked Senders Filter. Now users can add an email address or domain name, and it will automatically send them to the Trash.
Additional upgrades to Rules
In addition to adding an email and domain blocking feature, Fastmail improved how its existing Rules work. Those improvements include:
- Multiple rules can apply to the same message.
- Previews show you what messages you have would match a rule.
- You can apply new rule actions to existing messages.
- To prevent accidental mail loss, discard rules will put messages in your Trash folder, instead of silently deleting messages.
When the beta version of Rules and Filters is activated via Fastmail’s native mobile app, it affects the account everywhere. For example, the new options will become available on its web app.
Existing users can access the Beta program now. The beta version is also available via browser at beta.fastmail.com. Fastmail also offers a 30 day trial for new users.