- 1 First, 960 Billion Suns
- 2 How to Delete All Email Messages in Gmail
- 3 How to Delete All Email Messages in Gmail: FAQ
Do you have more emails than you can handle? Find out here how to mass delete all messages in Gmail at once: absolutely all emails, all mail from a sender, all emails arriving in the future, and more.
First, 960 Billion Suns
When something spins, it wants to fly away. It takes a string and pulling to keep it spinning.
When a galaxy spins around another, bigger one, gravity does the pulling. That very gravity can be used to “weigh” the parent galaxy.
By this measure, the Milky Way—stars, planets, dust, dark matter and all—has a mass of 960 billion times the sun.
Your Gmail feels heavy like that, and you suspect lots of dark matter? Let us toss and spin, then let go of all emails en masse:
How to Delete All Email Messages in Gmail
First, decide which emails you want to remove from your account:
Delete Absolutely All Gmail Email
Have Gmail Delete All New Emails Automatically
To have Gmail delete all messages as they arrive at your address using a filter:
- Click the Show search options icon in the Gmail Search mail field.
- Type * under From.
- Click Create filter.
- Click OK if asked to Confirm creating filter.
- Make sure Delete it is checked under When a message arrives that matches this search:.
- Click Create filter.Important: This will set up a Gmail filter that automatically moves all incoming mail to the Trash, whence it will be deleted automatically.Forwarding: If you have set up Gmail to forward mail automatically, this will still happen.
How to Mass Delete All Messages From a Sender
To find and delete all emails you have exchanged with a particular contact in Gmail:
- Click the Search mail field in Gmail.
- Type in:anywhere AND from:sender replacing “sender” with the person’s email address.Note: Use in:anywhere AND (from:sender OR to:sender) to find all email sent to and received from the person.Tip: You can also use part of the email address (say the part preceding @) or the sender’s name of course.Example: To search for all emails exchanged with firstname.lastname@example.org, typein:anywhere AND (from:email@example.com OR to:firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Hit Enter.
- Click the Select checkbox () to check all currently visible results.Keyboard shortcut: With Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled, you can also press * followed by a.
- If Select all conversations that match this search appears under the toolbar, click it.
- Now click Delete ().Note: This will move all emails from and to the contact to the Trash folder in Gmail; messages already in the Trash will not be moved or immediately deleted.
- Optionally, empty the Trash in Gmail.Important: This will permanently delete all messages in the Trash folder, not only those exchanged with the unwanted sender; with a little bit of effort, you can permanently delete only those messages.Note: Gmail will automatically remove the messages from the Trash after a certain time in that folder.
Delete All Unread Emails
With a bit of searching magic, you can delete all unread emails in Gmail at once, too.
How to Delete All Email Messages in Gmail: FAQ
Can I delete all emails using the Gmail app for iOS or Android?
No, unfortunately, there is no simple way to delete all emails in the Gmail apps for Android or iOS.
You can, however, open Gmail’s desktop version in a mobile browser and delete the messages using that.
Can I delete all mail using Simple HTML Gmail?
No. Basic HTML Gmail, alas, lacks an easy way to mass-delete emails.
(How to mass delete all messages tested with Gmail in a desktop browser; updated July 2022)
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