Disable the GMail Spam Filter

I have a gmail account. It's little used because I run my own mail server with my own domains. My server gets my gmail over IMAP. I don't want gmail applying filters because I have my own. I don't want to have to check into gmail just to see if mail has been filtered into the spam folder.

The solution that I found uses a filter. This is my record in case I forget (highly likely!).

  1. Click the gear in the upper right hand corner and then… (this is a new step due to Gmail interface changes)
  2. Go into “Settings”, and then pick the tab “Filters”.
  3. At the bottom, pick “Create New Filter”
  4. In the resulting popup, place this text (without the quotes) “is:spam” into the “Has the Words” box, and click “Create filter with this search”.
  5. Gmail will complain about this, saying “giving you a popup that says “Filter searches containing…..are not recommended as they will never match incoming email.”. IGNORE THAT. Just press OK.
  6. Tick the check mark that says “Never send it to Spam”, and then click “Create Filter”.

That’s it. When you’re done, you should have a filter that looks like this: