If you do not have too many subscriptions to mailing lists, this option is the most convenient for you, even if it is not an automated solution. Since 2003, all companies are required by law to include in their email communications a link that allows unsubscribe. You will usually find this link in the footer of the message with the text Unsubscribe, Unsubscribe, Unsubscribe or something similar.
When you find the link to cancel your subscription, click on it to continue and follow the instructions offered by the website. In some, the withdrawal is carried out automatically, in others you will have to indicate the reason why you want to stop receiving emails, and other times you will have to configure the contact preferences (for example in social networks). In the following image you can see an example of the unsubscribe link in an email from LinkedIn.
Use the functions of your mail service
Some email services and clients also have tools that make it easier for you to unsubscribe from newsletters. For example, in the case of Gmail, so that you don’t have to waste time locating the link to unsubscribe, the service identifies commercial messages and shows you next to the sender’s address a button called Unsubscribe. If you click on this option, the system will unsubscribe you from the distribution list so that you will not receive any more communications.
If you use another email client or service, when you open a newsletter, look at the available options to see if they also offer you a similar tool. For example, the Outlook mail client also has a button to unsubscribe from distribution lists.
Unsubscribe with Unroll.me
If you are subscribed to a multitude of distribution lists that saturate your inbox, the fastest solution for you is to use a third-party service that allows you to unsubscribe from all of them quickly. Thanks to this, you avoid wasting time canceling subscriptions one by one manually.
Unroll.me is the most veteran and popular tool to carry out this task. However, before using it you have to know that the application has been involved in a controversy recently, since it emerged that Slice Technology, the company to which it belongs, sells the information it deleted to Uber to allow this service to be gratuitous. Now, the firm exposes on the website what its financing system consists of and what type of data it handles so that the user is clear.
Having said this, if you agree with the treatment of the information that Unroll.me does, to use it enter the web, click on the Get Starter now button and choose the email provider you use. You can use it with Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL or other custom by entering it manually. In the next step, accept the terms and conditions and give the tool permission to access your email.
Next, the system will show you in the Inbox and New tab a list with the senders who send you newsletters. Unsubscribing is as easy as clicking the Unsubscribe button. All accounts you unsubscribe from will be saved in the unsubscribed tab so you can monitor them.
Unsubscribe is another third-party service that allows you to cancel all email subscriptions that collapse your inbox at once. It works in a very similar way to Unroll.me, and since it is also a free service, its financing system is similar to the previous case: they use data from commercial emails to learn about consumer behavior and share information with third parties. So keep this in mind before using the app.
To unsubscribe from the distribution lists, all you have to do is send the emails that do not interest you to this folder, and the system will unsubscribe.
Use a Google script
If you don’t trust services like Unroll.me or Unsuscriber, in case your provider is Gmail, you also have another possibility to cancel your email subscriptions in an automated way: use a Google script.
This system has been developed by Amit Agarwal, an engineer and blogger, who has shared it with the community for free. Using this method is a little more laborious than third-party applications, but this way you make sure that no one uses the data from the messages you receive.
To get started, click here and make a copy of the document shared by Agarwal. It is a Google spreadsheet that contains the script that will be executed to unsubscribe, so you can be sure that your information will not be stored.
Then click on the Gmail Unsubscribe option that you will see in the top menu, select the Configure option and accept the permissions for the script to have access to your email administration.
Once this is done, go to your Gmail inbox and create a label called Unsubscribe to mark all the messages you want to unsubscribe. After 10 to 15 minutes, the subscription to this distribution list will be canceled automatically, and the information you delete will be saved in your document in Google Drive so you can review and modify what you need.