How to Delete All Emails on Gmail
Do you find your Gmail inbox cluttered over the years? Now, you want to free up the storage space or simply clean up your Gmail inbox, don’t you? Here’s how to delete all emails on Gmail. It’s quite simple and easy, of course!
How to delete all emails on Gmail
First of all, it’s worth noting that it’s not possible to delete all messages through the Gmail app. That means to delete all emails on Gmail, users need to use Gmail on their PC. The following are quick steps to do so; let’s take a look.
1. Go to the Gmail website at gmail.com.
(Log in to your Gmail account if you aren’t already.)
2. Decide the category of the emails you want to delete
At the top of the screen, you’ll see your emails divided into 3 categories, including "Primary," "Social," and "Promotions." Select the category from which you’d like to delete emails by clicking on it.
3. Look for the small arrow button that is exactly above the "Primary" category and next to a square tick box. Now, you click on that arrow button.
4. After clicking on the arrow button, you’ll see a drop-down list. Here, you need to select which emails you wish to delete (all emails, unread emails, read emails, starred emails, or unstarred emails). If you want to delete all emails, simply click on the "All" option.
Note that when you choose the "All" option, just all emails on the current page (50 emails) will be selected. So, if you’d like to clear all emails on every page in a certain category, then click on the "Select all conversations" option that appears at the center of the top of the screen.
5. When you are ready to delete the emails, hit the Trash icon (which is three left of the arrow button).
After hitting the Trash icon, a popup will appear asking you if you are certain that you want to clear that many emails. If you are sure you want to do so, confirm it.
Note that your emails are all moved to your trash after being deleted. Your trash will be automatically cleared after 30 days, permanently erasing deleted emails.
How to recover emails on Gmail from the trash
If you move your emails to the trash and then decide you want to keep them, fortunately, Google lets users get them back from, of course, the trash folder.
Here's how to recover deleted emails on Gmail:
1. Open the Gmail app on your device or go to mail.google.com.
2. Navigate to the Trash folder.
On the Gmail app, tap Menu (the three horizontal lines at the top left) and tap Trash.
On the Gmail desktop version, on the page’s left side, scroll down and click More, and then select Trash.
3. Select the emails you wish to recover and decide what location you want to move them to. Below are details on how to do so:
On the Gmail app, you tap the letter or photo next to the emails you want to recover. Then you tap More (three vertical dots at the top right of the screen) and then select Move to. Now, choose where you’d like to move your emails to, like your inbox, for example.
On the Gmail desktop version, you check the box next to all the emails you want to recover. In case you want to choose all emails on the current page, click the arrow button and click "All." In case you’d like to get back all the emails from the trash, select "All," then click on the "Select all conversations" option at the center of your screen. Next, click on the "Move to" icon, which is six to the right of the arrow button. Finally, choose where you wish to move your trashed emails.
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That’s how to delete all emails on Gmail. So quick and easy, right? And if you want to recover deleted emails, simply follow the 03 steps outlined above, and you will be able to get them back from Trash.
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