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)
  • How to Empty Spam and Trash

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.

Sign into your Gmail account.

Hit More on the left side of the screen.

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

Select the check box beneath the search box at the top. This one will select all the conversations on the current page.

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.

Hit the Trash can icon now, and you can see a confirmation pop-up.

Click Ok button on the 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.

Go to the Promotions tab.

Hit the check box beneath the search box at the top.

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.

Hit the link to select all emails in Promotions.

Click on Trash can icon at the top.

In the confirmation pop-up, hit the Ok button.


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.

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.

Select the check box beneath the search box at the top.

Hit Select all conversations that match this search link.

Hit the Trash can icon at the top.

In the Confirm bulk action pop-up, click on the Ok button.


How to Empty Gmail Spam and Trash

Note: Emails that are in the Spam or Trash folder for over 30 days will be deleted automatically.

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

PC

​Sign into Gmail.

To Empty Spam: In the left sidebar, click More > Spam. Hit “Delete all spam messages now.”​ ​In the confirmation pop-up, click “Ok,” and it’ll delete all emails in Spam.

To Empty Trash: In the left sidebar, click More > Trash. Hit “Empty Trash now.” ​In the confirmation pop-up, hit “Ok,” and it’ll delete all emails in Trash.

Android or iPhone

​Open the Gmail app.

To Empty Spam: Tap the three vertical lines at the top > Spam. Tap “Empty Spam Now.” In the confirmation pop-up, tap “Ok” (if you’re on iPhone) or “Empty,” and it’ll empty Spam.

To Empty Trash: Hit the three vertical lines at the top > Trash. Hit “Empty Trash Now.” In the confirmation pop-up, tap “Ok” (if you’re on iPhone) or “Empty,” and it’ll empty Trash.