How to Delete All Emails on Gmail

How to Delete All Emails on Gmail

by | Nov 6, 2020 | Gmail

Do you have more emails than you can handle? Find out here how to delete all emails on Gmail: absolutely all messages, all emails 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 Emails on Gmail

First, decide which emails you want to remove from your account:

Delete Absolutely All Email on Gmail at Once

Time needed: 3 minutes.

To remove all messages from your Gmail account in one go using a desktop browser:

  1. Click in the Search mail field in Gmail.

    Gmail keyboard shortcut: With Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled, you can also press /.

  2. Type in:anywhere.

    Tip: Different search criteria let you selectively delete specific emails; you can, for instance, delete all unread messages, or those exchanged with an email address (see below).

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Click the Select checkbox atop the search results to select all conversations on the current page.

    Keyboard shortcut: You can also press * followed by a.

  5. Now click Select all conversations that match this search if it appears under the toolbar.

  6. Click Delete in the toolbar.

    Important: This will move all messages from your Gmail Inbox, all labels, All Mail and the Spam folder to your Gmail Trash.

  7. Optionally, empty the Gmail Trash to have all mail permanently deleted at once.

    Note: Gmail will automatically remove the messages from the Trash after a certain grace period.

Have Gmail Delete All New Emails Automatically

To have Gmail delete all messages as they arrive at your address:

  1. Click the Show search options downward-headed triangle () in the Gmail Search mail field.
  2. Type * under From.
  3. Click Create filter.
  4. Click OK if asked to Confirm creating filter.
  5. Make sure Delete it is checked under When a message arrives that matches this search:.
  6. 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.
    Tip: If you have set up Gmail to forward mail automatically, this will still happen.

Delete All Emails From a Sender in Gmail

To find and delete all emails you have exchanged with a particular contact in Gmail:

  1. Click the Search mail field in Gmail.
  2. 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 [email protected], type in:anywhere AND (from:[email protected] OR to:[email protected]).
  3. Hit Enter.
  4. Click the Select checkbox (Click the Select checkbox) to check all currently visible results.
    Keyboard shortcut: With Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled, you can also press * followed by a.
  5. If Select all conversations that match this search appears under the toolbar, click it.
  6. Now click Delete (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.
  7. 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.

How to Delete All Emails on 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 emails using Simple HTML Gmail?

No. Basic HTML Gmail, alas, lacks an easy way to mass-delete emails.

(How to delete all emails on Gmail tested with Gmail in a desktop browser; updated November 2020)

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