How to Delete All Emails on Gmail

Email overload can be very stressful, especially when you need to find important messages in a short time. From this article you will learn how to delete all emails on Gmail and how the Clean Email app can help you to reach Inbox Zero.

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Why Delete All Emails in Gmail You No Longer Need?

The first is you could be missing something important. With a cluttered inbox it is difficult or even impossible to perfectly keep track of everything. It is easy to slip up and not see something that will turn out to be vital for work, or leave you accidentally ignoring a social event. If you learn how to delete all emails in Gmail, you can keep on top of things, and will find yourself being much more productive.

The next reason is that it is just stressful having a messy inbox. We can spend months, or, let's be honest, years, looking at that unread list grow with stuff we never took the time to go through, delete, and organize. It is distracting, and the feeling you get cleaning out completely and starting fresh would be more than worth it even if there wasn't the productivity boost.

How to Completely Clean Up Your Gmail Inbox

There are different methods on how to delete all emails from Gmail depending on if you are on a web browser, iOS mail, or the Gmail app. Each method has its pros and cons, and we will quickly run through all of them.

How to Delete All Emails on Gmail At Once on Gmail App

Unfortunately, you can't delete all emails at once using the Gmail app. However, you can remove multiple messages if you still want to proceed with this mobile app. While this is not the quickest option, for many users it is still the easiest way on how to clean up their mailboxes. Follow the steps below:

  1. Launch the Gmail mobile app.
  2. Tap the icon just to the left of an email to "tick" it and reveal tick boxes for all of the other messages you no longer need.
  3. Click the "bin" icon in the top right of your screen.
  4. (optional) Click the three horizontal lines in the top left of your screen, go to the "Bin" section, and click "Empty Bin Now" at the top of your screen.

While this can remove all of your messages, it can take an extremely long time. This is particularly true if you have let your inbox grow to unmanageable levels. For a quicker solution, we are going to look at other methods.

How to Delete All Emails on Gmail At Once on iOS Mail

Naturally, this only applies to Apple users and so, if you are on Android, skip to the next section. If you do have an Apple device though, the process is as follows:

  1. Open "Mail" App. 
  2. Under "Mailboxes" at the top of your screen, select "Gmail."
  3. Click "Edit" in the top right of your screen.
  4. Click "Select All" in the top left corner. 
  5. Click "Move" and select the "Bin" folder to get rid of all unwanted messages.

Wondering how to delete all emails on iPhone for the other mail service providers? Check out our blog for the detailed instructions.

How to Delete All Emails on Gmail At Once on Web Browser

If you want to know how to delete all Gmail emails at once, the solution is to head to the browser version of Gmail. If you are deleting bulk categories or all your messages, the process is pretty similar and can be done like so:

  1. Sign into your account in your web browser.
  2. On the left side of your screen, select "More" (you may have to hover your cursor over the icons on the left of your screen to reveal this option if you are on desktop).
  3. Select the category you want to clean up, generally "All Mail".
  4. Click the empty select square on the top left of your screen directly below the Gmail logo. Select the category you want to delete such as "All" or "Unread".
  5. Select and click the bin icon to the right of the select square.
  6. Click "OK" to the confirmation box.
  7. (optional) Clear out your bin by selecting the "Bin" category in the left and clicking "Empty Bin Now" in the upper right of your screen, again clicking "OK" to the confirmation box.

With the added option of deleting all of your unread messages, this method is clearly more thorough than the other options.

How to Delete all Emails Before a Certain Date on Gmail

On a web browser you can also further narrow down your deleting process, for example, by selecting the dates you want to remove your mail across: 

  1. Sign into your account in your web browser.
  2. In the search bar type "before: YYYY/MM/DD" to show all of the messages you have before that date.
  3. (optional) To narrow down your search further, type "after: YYYY/MM/DD" alongside the before search to show all the messages you have after that date.
  4. Select "To Me" below the search bar, this is important as, otherwise, you will find yourself deleting your sent items as well.
  5. (optional) Select "Unread" below the search bar if you only want to remove the unread messages.
  6. Click the empty select square on the top left of your screen.
  7. Select and click the bin icon to the right of the select square.
  8. Click "OK" to the confirmation box.
  9. (optional) Clear out your bin by selecting the "Bin" category in the left and clicking "Empty Bin Now" in the upper right of your screen, again clicking "OK" to the confirmation box.

You can now fully customize which messages you are deleting from your account. Learn more about how to delete old emails in our other post.

How the Clean Email App Can Help

Clean Email inbox cleaner organizes your messages into easy to review bundles to assign generic actions to similar emails of certain categories. This allows you to simplify inbox management which used to take hours.

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To delete all emails in Gmail using the app follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://app.clean.email and sing into your account.
  2. Select “All mail” on the left pane of the home screen.
  3. Click “Select multiple” on the bottom of the screen, then click “Select all”.
  4. Click the “Trash” icon and you are done!

Conclusion

Think about how much time you spend wasting on deleting messages manually or about how much stress you experience when searching through your cluttered mailbox. If you have decided to delete all your Gmail emails, the Clean Email app is here to save you time and make it easier.

Wondering how to delete all emails from one sender or how to delete all promotions in Gmail? Our blog will help you become more productive and achieve Inbox Zero!


How to Delete All Emails on Gmail - FAQs

1. Is there a way to delete all emails in Gmail?

Yes! You can select all messages in your Gmail account and remove all of them in your web browser. Alternatively, you can use the Clean Email app to delete all messages in a few clicks.

2. Why can't I delete all my emails at once on Gmail?

There may be an issue with the email app you are using. You can try to delete all messages on Gmail in your web browser as you shouldn't experience any issues with this method. Alternatively, you can try the Clean Email app to remove all messages easily and fast.

3. How do I delete all emails on the Gmail app?

Unfortunately, you can't delete all your messages using the Gmail app. However, you can remove multiple emails. Simply tap the icon to the left of a message to tick it. Then, tick all the other unwanted messages and hit the bin icon on the top right of your screen. Alternatively, you can delete all Gmail emails in the web browser.

4. How do you delete all Gmail emails at once on Android?

You can't delete all Gmail emails at once on Android using the Gmail app. However, you can launch the web browser on your smartphone, sign into your account and select all mail there to remove all your messages at once.

Clean Email Team

Updated on Jul 27, 2021

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