How to Archive Emails in Gmail

Without deleting emails, you can clean up your Gmail Inbox by archiving emails.

So, where precisely the archived emails will be placed?

Your archived emails will be placed in the "All Mail" section.

To go there, click "More" in the left sidebar, and you can see the "All Mail." Click on it to see all the emails in there.

Here, you need to remember three important things:

  • The archived emails would come back to Inbox if those emails got a reply.
  • When you search in Gmail, the archived messages will pop up in the search results.
  • The archiving does not delete the emails, and it is only moving the emails from "Inbox" to "All Mail."

Well, now we know all the important things about archiving emails. 

Let's see how to archive emails in Gmail and Gmail app.

Archive Emails in Gmail

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    Log into your Gmail account.
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    Select the email(s) that you want to archive.


To select the email(s), check the box beside the email(s).

Typically, every page of the Gmail can only show 50 emails. If you want to select all the emails of a tab such as "Social" entirely, then do the following:

Open the drop-down list (besides "Refresh" icon) at the top and then select "All."

All option on the drop-down list

It will select all the emails of the page, and you can see the "Select all X conversations in Y" link now. X is the number of emails and Y is the name of the tab.

Click on it to select all the emails from a particular tab.

Select all conversations in Social link
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    Click on "Archive" icon (the one on the left side of the "Report spam" icon).
Archive icon on the Gmail
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    Click "OK" on the confirmation popup.
Archive confirmation popup

That is all. The emails are archived successfully.

How to Unarchive Emails in Gmail

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    Go to "All Email" section.
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    Now, select the emails that you want to unarchive.
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    Click on "Move to Inbox" button.
Move to Inbox button on the Gmail

The selected emails will be successfully moved to the Inbox.

Archive Emails in Gmail app

You can do it on the app in two ways; Choose the way you prefer.

Method #1

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    Open Gmail app.
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    Slide the email you want to archive from left side to the right side.

Method #2

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    Select the email(s) that you want to archive.
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    Tap "Archive" icon at the top which is beside "Trash Can" icon.
Archive option on Gmail app

How to Unarchive Emails in Gmail App

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    Go to "All Mail" section (you need to tap "Hamburger" icon (three vertical lines at the top), scroll down till you find "All mail" and then tap it).
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    Select the emails that you want to unarchive.
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    After that, click on Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top.
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    Select "Move to Inbox" option.
Move to Inbox option on Gmail app

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