How to Delete All Emails in Gmail

In this post you will see:

  • How to Delete All Emails in Gmail
  • How to Delete All Emails of a Particular Inbox Category
  • How to Delete Specific Emails
  • How to Empty Gmail Spam or Trash

Let’s get started.

How to Delete All Emails in Gmail

Note: Please note that the steps below remove all drafts, incoming and outgoing emails from your Gmail account.

Log in to your Gmail account.

Click More on the left side of the screen.

Click on the All Mail option that you can find between Scheduled and Spam.

Select the checkbox below the search box at the top to select all conversations on the current page.

And you can see a link at the top that says Select all X (X is a number) conversations in All Mail link. Click on it to select all conversations in the All Mail.

Now click on the trash can icon and you will see a confirmation popup.

Click on the OK button in the pop-up.

How to Delete All Emails of a Particular Inbox Category

Note: I’m here to choose the Promotions tab. But the steps are the same for other tabs as well.

Go to the Promotions tab.

Click on the checkbox below the search box at the top.

This will select all emails on the page. And you can see Select all X (X is a number) conversations in Promotions link at the top.

Click on the link to select all emails from Promotions.

Click on the trash can icon at the top.

Press the OK button in the confirmation pop-up.

How to Delete Specific Emails

Here I delete all read emails including drafts from my account.

But the steps are the same for other Gmail search operators too.

Note: If you want, have a look at this guide where I talked about many Gmail search operators.

In the search box above, type is:read and press the Enter key on your keyboard. You can now see all emails read from your Gmail account.

Check the checkbox below the search box at the top.

Click Select all conversations that match this search link.

Click on the trash can icon at the top.

Click the OK button in the “Confirm bulk action” pop-up.

How to Empty Gmail Spam and Trash

Note: E-mails that are in the Spam or Trash folder for more than 30 days will be deleted automatically.

If you want to delete all emails in Gmail Spam and Trash, then here are the steps:

PC

​Sign in to Gmail.

Emptying Spam:

Click More > Spam on the left sidebar.

Click “Delete all spam messages now.”

​In the confirmation pop-up, click “OK,” and all spam emails will be deleted.

Emptying Trash:

Click More > Trash on the left sidebar.

Hit “Empty Trash now.”

Click “OK” in the confirmation pop-up and all emails in the Trash will be deleted.

Android or iPhone

​Open the Gmail app.

Emptying spam:

Tap the three vertical lines above > Spam.

Tap “Empty Spam Now.”

In the confirmation pop-up, tap “OK” if you are on an iPhone, or “Empty,” and it will empty the Spam.

Emptying Trash:

Click on the three vertical lines at the top > Trash.

Hit “Empty Trash Now.”

In the confirmation popup, tap “OK” if you are on an iPhone, or “Empty,” and it will empty the Trash.