How to Delete All Emails in Gmail?

In this post, we’ll see:

  • How to delete all emails in Gmail
  • How to delete all emails of a particular Inbox category (for instance: Promotions)
  • How to delete specific emails (for example: deleting read emails only)

Let’s get started.

How to delete all emails in Gmail?

Note: Please keep in mind that the below steps will remove all drafts, incoming and outgoing emails of your Gmail account.

  1. Sign in to your Gmail account.
  2. Hit More on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click on the All Mail option which you can find between Scheduled and Spam.
All Mail
  1. Select the check box beneath the search box at the top. This one will select all the conversations on the current page.
Select check box
  1. And, you can see a link at the top stating Select all X (X is a number) conversations in All Mail link. Hit it to select all the conversations of the All Mail.
Select all 2,884 conversations in All Mail link
  1. Hit the Trash can icon now, and you can see a confirmation pop-up.
  2. Click Ok button on the pop-up.
Confirmation pop-up

How to delete all emails of a particular Inbox category?

Note: here, I’m choosing the Promotions tab. But, the steps are the same for other tabs too.

  1. Go to the Promotions tab.
  2. Hit the check box beneath the search box at the top.
  3. This one will select all the emails on the page. And, you can see Select all X (X is a number) conversations in Promotions link at the top.
Select all 323 conversations in Promotions link
  1. Hit the link to select all emails in Promotions.
  2. Click on Trash can icon at the top.
  3. In the confirmation pop-up, hit the Ok button.
Ok button in the confirmation pop-up

How to delete specific emails?

Here, I’m deleting all read emails (including drafts) in my account.

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

Note: if you wish, check out this guide where I’ve talked about many Gmail search operators.

  1. In the search box at the top, type is:read and hit Enter key in your keyboard. Now you can see all read emails of your Gmail account.
is read
  1. Select the check box beneath the search box at the top.
  2. Hit Select all conversations that match this search link.
Select all conversations that match this search link
  1. Hit the Trash can icon at the top.
  2. In the Confirm bulk action pop-up, click on the Ok button.
Confirm bulk action pop-up

That’s all.

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