How to select all unread emails in gmail

Need to delete, mark read or move a big bunch of unread messages quickly? Find out here how to select (and act on — say, delete) all unread emails in Gmail at once.

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First, Awake or Sweet: Pick One

When adenosine receptors are activated, sweet tastes even sweeter. While caffeine keeps you awake, itmeddles with those adenosine receptors: it blocks their activation. You are awake then — to life’s appalling lack of sweetness.

Now, it if it is all those unread emails in Gmail that keep you awake, you can make the whole lot disappear quickly. Sweet, is it not?

Let’s get started!

How to Select All Unread Emails in Gmail

Time needed: 3 minutes.

To select and act on all unread emails in Gmail, no matter in what label or folder they may hide:

Click in the Search mail field at the top.

Gmail keyboard shortcut: With Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled, you can also press /.

Press Enter.

Now click the Select button in the toolbar.

Keyboard shortcut: The corresponding Gmail keyboard shortcut here is * a.


Click Select all conversation that match this search if Gmail displays it at the top.

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Note: This means more emails than fit on one page of Gmail search results are unread. Clicking makes sure all these emails are selected, not just those you see listed on the first page.

How to Select All Unread Emails in Gmail: FAQ

Can I use simple HTML Gmail for that?

No, there is no simple way to delete unread messages in bulk usingsimple HTML Gmail.

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While you can find all unread messages usingis:unread in:anywhere, there is, alas, no easy method to select all messages matching the search criteria and move them to the trash.

Do you have the search term to select all unread in Gmail to copy and paste?

Sure, to find unread messages across all of Gmail (except Trash and Spam), copy and paste the following search term:


Can I select all unread emails in the Gmail App for Android or iPhone?

No, there is, alas, no simple way to mass-select unread emails in the Gmail apps for Android and iOS.

While you can search for all unread messages using is:unread in:anywhere, you cannot easily select and act on all messages in one go.

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Instead of using the Gmail app, do

select or delete all unread emails using the steps above.

(How to select all unread emails tested with Gmail in a desktop browser; updated July 2021)

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