How to mass delete emails on Gmail

If you use your primary email to subscribe on several platforms, your inbox can be messy. Unless you clean your inbox once in a while, you won’t enjoy opening your email app.

I have a personal style of mass deleting emails. I receive emails from at least one hundred different platforms.

When a platform doesn’t benefit me, I opt out of their newsletter and delete all emails from their address.

Gmail has one of the best filtering systems. You can filter emails by author, date, keyword, or label. In this article, I will show you how to mass delete emails on Gmail and remove them forever.

Gmail doesn’t have a desktop app, so I will cover the web version, android & iOS apps. And, if you use your Gmail account on the iOS Mail app, I have the solution for you too.

Several things about mass deleting emails on Gmail

  • When you visit the gmail website, it takes you to the Inbox folder.
  • When you select all emails, it selects the first 50 emails. You can select all emails from a folder, but this option displays when a folder has over 50 emails.
  • Spam, Social, Promotions, etc. emails are not included when you click select all on Inbox.
  • Gmail will only include all emails if you type in:anywhere in the search box.
  • Deleted emails are moved to the Trash folder for 30 days unless you manually empty the trash folder.

Mass Delete Emails on Gmail Website

  • Open a web browser and go to the Gmail website. (Log in to your account if you aren’t logged in.)
  • In the search bar, type in:anywhere and press Enter. Find all emails on Gmail
  • Click on the Select icon from the toolbar. It will select all emails from the first page. Select all conversations that match this search
  • If you have multiple pages or more than 50 emails, click Select all conversations that match this search from the top of the results.
  • Click on the Delete icon from the toolbar. Click on the Delete icon
  • A pop-up will ask for your confirmation to process the bulk deletion, click OK to delete all selected emails. Click OK to mass delete emails

Delete All Unread Emails on Gmail

You have to decide whether you want to delete unread emails from Inbox or your whole Gmail account.

  • Open the gmail website on a web browser and log in to your account.
  • To find all unread emails, type in:anywhere is:unread in the search bar, or type is:unread to filter all unread emails from your inbox. Find all unread emails
  • Click on Select from the top toolbar. If you have over 50 unread emails, Select all conversations that match this search will appear on the screen. Click on it. Delete all unread emails
  • Now, click the Delete icon from the toolbar. A pop-up will appear on the screen; click OK to finish the process. Click OK to mass delete emails

Delete all emails from Promotion on Gmail

Gmail has a folder called Promotion that filters all promotional emails.

There’s a chance that you rarely check the Promotion folder. You can clean up the Promotion folder without deleting a single email from your inbox.

  • Visit the Gmail website from a web browser.
  • Type label:promotions in the search bar and type enter. Find promotional emails on Gmail
  • Click Select from the toolbar, then click Select all conversations that match this search. Select promotional emails on Gmail
  • Click Delete icon from the toolbar. Delete promotional emails on Gmail
  • Now, click OK from the pop-up.  Click OK to mass delete emails

Delete all emails from Social on Gmail

We all use social media platforms, and they spam our mail accounts with gazillions of emails we don’t need. 

You may not want to unsubscribe from your favorite social media, because, sometimes, you can get useful notifications when you are away. 

But, you can delete those unnecessary emails to clear the Social folder. 

  1. Go to the Gmail web version on Chrome.
  2. In the Gmail search bar, type label:social and press Enter. Find Social Emails on Gmail
  3. Select all emails. 
  4. Click Delete.
  5. If there are over 50 emails, you can see an option called Select all conversations that match this search. Click on it. Select social emails on Gmail
  6. Then, click Delete from the toolbar and click OK from the pop-up. Delete social emails on Gmail

Delete all emails from a Sender on Gmail

As I said at the beginning of the article, I remove all emails from a sender if I unsubscribe to their newsletter. Here’s how you can do it too:

  1. Go to Gmail and open any email from that sender. 
  2. Copy the email address from the email, and in the search bar, type from:[email protected], and press EnterFind all emails from a sender
  3. It will display all emails from that sender. Click Select from the toolbar.
  4. If you have over 50 emails from that sender, click Select all conversations that match this search from the top of the page. Select all emails from a sender
  5. Finally, click the Delete icon from the toolbar and OK from the pop-up. Delete all emails from a sender

Delete all emails from Spam on Gmail

Everyone receives spam emails, but Gmail auto-deletes spam emails after 30 days. However, if you want to get rid of all spam emails right now, here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your computer and click on Gmail from the top right corner.
  2. If you have multiple accounts, choose the right account from the menu. Then, type in:spam in the search bar and press EnterFind all spam emails on Gmail
  3. Click on Delete all spam messages now.
  4. Select OK from the pop-up. Delete all spam emails on Gmail

Delete all emails by date on Gmail

You can delete all emails before, after, or within a specific date range. Here’s how:

  1. Open a web browser and visit the Gmail website.
  2. To find all emails before a specific date, type in:anywhere before: MM/DD/YYYY. To find emails after a specific date, type in:anywhere after:MM/DD/YYYY. To find all emails between a specific date, type in:anywhere after:MM/DD/YYYY before:MM/DD/YYY and press Enter. Find emails by date on Gmail
  3. Click on the Select icon from the toolbar.
  4. Click on the Delete icon to delete selected emails.
  5. Select OK from the pop-up.

Delete all emails from Gmail Android & iOS

Deleting emails on Gmail official app is a painful experience. There’s no select all feature, so you must select one by one to delete them. 

  1. Open the Gmail app on your Android/iPhone.
  2. Tap and hold the profile picture of a sender to select.
  3. Keep tapping the sender profile picture of the emails you want to delete.
  4. Tap on the Delete icon from the toolbar. 

Delete all emails from Gmail on iOS Mail App

iOS Mail app is the built-in app of iPhones. It’s different than the Gmail app for iOS. The iOS mail app has the Select All feature, which makes mass deleting easier. 

  1. Open the Mail app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Mailboxes at the top left corner. 
  3. Select the Gmail account you want to delete emails from.
  4. Tap Edit from the top right corner.
  5. Now tap Select All from the top left corner.
  6. Tap Move from the bottom menu and select Bin

Delete all archived emails on Gmail

When you archive an email, it disappears from your inbox and goes to the All Mail folder. Unlike Spam emails, Gmail doesn’t delete archived emails after a certain period.

However, you can delete only archived emails and keep everything else on your account. 

  1. Go to the gmail website and log in to your account.
  2. Type in:archive in the search box and press EnterFind all archived emails on Gmail
  3. Click on the Select icon from the toolbar. Delete archived emails on Gmail
  4. Click the Delete icon from the toolbar. It will remove the selected archived emails.

Emptying Gmail Trash Folder

You must know how to clean the trash folder to remove an email forever at any moment. Or else Gmail will delete the emails from the Trash folder after 30 days. 

  1. Go to gmail.com from a web browser and log in to your account.
  2. Click More from the left sidebar to expand more options. Click on More
  3. Select Trash from the left sidebar. Go to Trash
  4. Click Empty Trash now; a pop-up will appear on the screen. Click on Empty Trash Now
  5. Click OK from the pop-up.  Click OK to empty trash

Once the trash folder is empty, there’s no going back. Even Google support won’t be able to restore your deleted emails.

So, empty the trash carefully.

Uchchash Talukder Rana is the founder of @ansmegeek. He is the jack of all trades and master of a few. He uses Windows, Mac, Android & iOS on a daily basis. If he is not sleeping, either he is writing articles or playing Valorant.

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