How To Delete Folders In Gmail

Gmail provides its users with numerous tools for mailbox management. Sometimes, you need to know how to delete a folder in Gmail to reorganize your messages. In this article, you will learn how to do this and how the Clean Email app can boost your email productivity.

Gmail Folder Basics

If you do any work on a computer, chances are you use digital folders to store files on your computer. Most email providers offer a similar organization structure for your mailbox, where you can move messages from the main inbox into separate folders. However, Gmail works a bit differently.

Google doesn’t use the term folders, but instead offers Gmail labels. These labels work in a similar way to folders, but they allow you to apply multiple labels to the same message, meaning you can find it in each label’s view. Because these labels aren’t true folders, though, you can also still find each message in your main inbox.

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Learning how to create folders in Gmail is very easy, and you can always edit or remove the labels at any time. Below, we will explain how to delete folders in Gmail and explore how Clean Email can help you organize your inbox even more efficiently.

How To Delete Gmail Folders

As we previously mentioned, Gmail labels work in a slightly different manner than most other email providers’ folder system. However, you can still trash them at any time, assuming you know how to delete folders in Gmail.

When you delete Gmail folders, you won’t actually trash the messages. Instead, it will simply remove the label from any corresponding messages and leave the message in your inbox. If you want to delete messages, you’ll need to learn how to mass delete emails on Gmail.

Looking for information on folder deletion for other email providers? Check out our guides on how to delete folders in Yahoo Mail or how to delete folders in Outlook.

Delete Gmail folders on web

If you use this mail provider through your web browser, you can easily delete folders in Gmail by following these steps:

  1. Go to and login to you mail account.
  2. On the left side, scroll down to Labels.
  3. Find the folder you wish to get rid of, and hover over it.
  4. When the three vertical dots appear, click the dots.
  5. Select Remove Label.
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  7. You will then be asked if you want to get rid of the label. Click Delete.

💡 Note: When you delete a folder in Gmail, it will remove the label from any messages you have assigned it to. However, these messages will remain in your inbox unless you trash the messages themselves.

How to delete a Gmail folder on iPhone

If you use Gmail on your iPhone or iPad, you can also erase labels in the iOS Gmail app. Here’s how:

  1. Open the app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the three vertical lines (hamburger menu).
  3. Scroll down the menu and tap Settings and select the correct mail account.
  4. Scroll down to Inbox customisations.
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  6. Tap Labels. From here, select the folder (label) you want to erase.
  7. Tap Delete [Folder Name].
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  9. You will be asked to confirm. Simply select Delete to finalize.

How to delete a whole folder in Gmail on Android phone

According to Google, there is not currently a way to delete Gmail folders from the Android app. Instead, you will need to follow the directions on how to delete a folder in Gmail on the web. You can use Chrome on your Android device to do this.

If you wish to delete Gmail labels from your Android device, simply:

  1. Go to in Chrome.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).
  3. At the bottom, look for View Gmail In, and select Desktop.
  4. Find Labels on the left side menu, then tap Edit Labels.
  5. Find any labels you’d like to erase, and press Remove.

💡 Note: This version will not ask you to confirm your changes, so double check you are pressing Remove on the correct item before doing so. Otherwise, you could erase a folder you didn’t intend to.

Mass Delete Messages With Clean Email

As previously mentioned, you can delete folders in Gmail, but it will not remove any of the messages with that assigned label.

Here is how to delete folders (labels in Gmail) in Clean Email:

  1. Launch the app and connect your mail account.
  2. Select the email group that you’d like to unlabel or search for it using the search bar on the top. Then click Labels on the action bar at the bottom.
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    💡 Note: Email group includes all messages from the same sender. To delete the label from one message, click the group to open the full list of the messages and select the necessary email.

  4. Go to Remove label section, select the label and click Confirm.
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If you’d like to know how to delete all emails in a folder in Gmail, the app can help you as well. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Clean Email app and select All Mail from the left panel.
  2. Click the funnel button at the top.
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  4. Choose Labeled As and choose the folder/label you need from the drop-down list.
  5. Now, click Select and Select All to choose all messages in the selected folder.
  6. Click the Trash button at the action panel at the bottom of the screen.
  7. Confirm your action.

Additionally, you can use the app’s Smart Folders feature to sort messages in specific ways. The tool automatically groups messages based on the commonalities it notices (ex. Online shopping). From here you can easily set up the automated rules, mass delete messages, move emails to a new folder, archive them after a certain age automatically, and more.

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The app offers a dozen unique tools to help you organize and manage your inbox so you don’t spend hours maintaining your email each day. You can use Auto Clean to automate any routine email task, Unsubscriber to remove yourself from newsletters and promotional emails, and Privacy Monitor to ensure your inbox hasn’t been breached.

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You can also use Clean Email to perform routine tasks you’d do directly in Gmail. For example, the app lets you create folders, label and trash messages automatically, block unwelcome senders to stop spam, and more. Unless you are replying to messages, which is not possible in Clean Email, it can handle just about any inbox organization task you need covered.

The app is completely safe to use, and we take your privacy seriously. We will never store or sell your data, and we go to great lengths to ensure that no one else has access to anything inside your mailbox. With Clean Email, you can rest easy and maintain a well-organized inbox — and that’s something we all need!

How To Delete Folders In Gmail - FAQs

Can I delete the All Mail folder in Gmail?

Gmail only lets users delete folders they have added themselves. This means you cannot delete All Mail (inbox), Sent, Drafts, or Trash. However, you can delete the messages in each of these folders.

How do I delete a folder in Gmail on Android?

Unfortunately, the Gmail Android app does not support deleting folders or labels at this time. Instead, you must login to the webmail inbox to do this.

How to delete a folder in Gmail on Mac?

To delete a folder in Gmail, you simply need to login to your inbox, scroll to the Labels section, and select the label (folder) you wish to delete.

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