Do you have more emails than you can handle? Find out here how to delete all email in Gmail at once: absolutely all messages, all emails from a sender, all emails arriving in the future, and more.
First, 960 Billion Suns
When something spins, it wants to fly away. It takes a string and pulling to keep it spinning.
When a galaxy spins around another, bigger one, gravity does the pulling. That very gravity can be used to “weigh” the parent galaxy.
By this measure, the Milky Way — stars, planets, dust, dark matter and all — has a mass of 960 billion times the sun.
Your Gmail feels heavy like that, and you suspect lots of dark matter? Let us toss and spin, then let go of all emails en masse:
How to Delete All Gmail Emails at Once
First, decide which emails you want to remove from your account:
Delete Absolutely All Email
Time needed: 3 minutes.
To remove all messages from your Gmail account in one go using a desktop browser:
Click in the Search mail field in Gmail.
Gmail keyboard shortcut: With Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled, you can also press /.
Click the Select checkbox atop the search results to select all conversations on the current page.
Keyboard shortcut: You can also press * followed by a.
Now click Select all conversations that match this search if it appears under the toolbar.
Click Delete in the toolbar.
Important: This will move all messages from your Gmail Inbox, all labels, All Mail and the Spam folder to your Gmail Trash.
Have Gmail Delete All New Emails Automatically
To have Gmail delete all messages as they arrive at your address using a filter:
Click the Show search options downward-headed triangle (▼) in the Gmail Search mail field.Type * under From.Click Create filter.Click OK if asked to Confirm creating filter.Make sure Delete it is checked under When a message arrives that matches this search:.Click Create filter.
Important: This will set up a Gmail filter that automatically moves all incoming mail to the Trash, whence it will be deleted automatically.Tip: If you have set up Gmail to forward mail automatically, this will still happen.
Delete All Email From a Sender
To find and delete all emails you have exchanged with a particular contact in Gmail:
Click the Search mail field in Gmail.Type in:anywhere AND from:senderreplacing “sender” with the person’s email address.Note: Use in:anywhere AND (from:sender OR to:sender)to find all email sent to and received from the person.Tip: You can also use part of the email address (say the part preceding
) or the sender’s name of course.Example: To search for all emails exchangedwith furnituremaisak.com
furnituremaisak.com, type in:anywhere AND (from:furnituremaisak.com
furnituremaisak.com OR to:furnituremaisak.com
furnituremaisak.com).Hit Enter.Click the Select checkbox (
) to check all currently visible results.Keyboard shortcut: With Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled, you can also press * followed by a. If Select all conversations that match this searchappears under the toolbar, click it.Now click Delete (
).Note: This will move all emails from and to the contactto the Trash folder in Gmail; messages already in the Trash will not be moved or immediately deleted.
Delete All Unread Emails
With a bit of searching magic, you can delete all unread emails in Gmail at once, too.
How to Delete All Gmail Emails at Once: FAQ
Can I delete all emails using the Gmail app for iOS or Android?
No, unfortunately, there is no simple way to delete all emails in the Gmail apps for Android or iOS.
You can, however, open Gmail’s desktop version in a mobile browser and delete the messages using that.
Can I delete all emails using Simple HTML Gmail?
No. Basic HTML Gmail, alas, lacks an easy way to mass-delete emails.
(How to delete all Gmail emails at once tested with Gmail in a desktop browser; updated July 2021)
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