How to Delete all Mails in Gmail [4 Simple Methods]

Subscribed to a lot of newsletters? I’m sure your Gmail inbox is filled with many junk emails just like mine. Yes. Even my Gmail account is filled with a lot of these unwanted emails. So I’ve decided to clean up everything and delete all mail at once. But eventually found that it is not that straightforward task. I will be sharing the tips I have followed to bulk delete all the unwanted emails in my Gmail account.

In a general method, we select the ones we don’t want – one by one – and then click on the Delete button to move them to trash or recycle bin. But if there are hundreds or even thousands of unwanted mail, this method is going to be very hectic.

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Gmail application provides you with smarter ways to clean up or delete emails in the Gmail account. Most people not aware or don’t use these simple methods. But these works effectively to delete mail in bulk.

Smarter ways to Delete mail in Gmail account:

As you could see in the below screenshot, there are close to 9500 unread emails that are there in my Gmail account. Most of these messages are unwanted and from newsletter subscriptions. If you don’t want to get further emails from any newsletters, you can always unsubscribe mails from that particular sender.

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Now let’s see different methods we can follow to clean up these mails in a smarter way. All these emails will be moved to the recycle bin and will be deleted forever after 30 days.

Method #1: Clean up everything in your Gmail:

  • Open your Gmail account.
  • Click on the checkbox available in the top menu to select all the emails in that particular page.

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  • Now tap on select all conversations in the primary option. Once you click on it, all the mails in the inbox will be selected.

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  • Now to click on the Delete button at the top.

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Voila! You did it. All the mails in the primary Gmail account were moved to trash. Make sure you use this option only if required. This will clear up all the important messages as well. If it is a new account with a lot of junk emails or newsletter emails, then you can use this option.

If you want to selectively delete the mails based on senders or other labels, do follow the other mentioned methods.

Method #2: Delete all unread mail at once:

  • Go to your Gmail account
  • Click on the search bar at the top of the page.
  • Type ‘label:unread‘ to list down all the unread emails in that page. Click on the select checkbox now.

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  • Now tap on select all the conversations that match this search option. This will select all the unread emails across all the pages.

option to delete all unread mail

  • Simply click on the Delete button now. All the unread mails will be deleted with this.

Similarly, if you want to delete all read mail, search with label:read and follow the same steps to delete everything.

If you want to drill down the search further down to the recipient level and the mail which has attachments, Gmail provides you a provision for that too.

Method #3: Delete mails from a particular recipient:

  • Navigate to your Gmail account in a web browser.
  • On the search box located on the top of the screen, search for from:email_address. Replace the email_address with the sender’s email. Refer to the below screenshot.

select all mail from a sender

  • Once the emails are listed, select the checkbox on the top to select all and click on the delete button.

Most of the newsletter subscriptions give you an option to send emails on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. If you are getting annoyed with too many emails from a particular service, you can always unsubscribe to these. For deleting the existing emails, do follow the above-mentioned steps.

Method #4: Delete emails with attachments:

Every email service provider comes with a limited storage capacity for free. Once the threshold limit is reached, you cannot send or receive emails. The same is the case with the Gmail account as well. In my case, there are a lot of attachment emails that consumed most of the space. So I have decided to clean up the older email which has attachments.

  • Go to your Gmail account
  • On the search box, type ‘has:attachment‘ and hit the enter button.

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  • All the mail with attachments will be shown on the list. Tap on the checkbox at the top to select all these emails.
  • If there are more, click on select all the conversations that match the selection option.
  • Finally, hit the delete button.

These are all the steps I have followed to clean up my Gmail account. The number of emails in the primary inbox reduced by almost 99% after deleting all the unwanted emails.

after deleting all mails


Google gives you a lot of provision to smart filter and delete emails in the Gmail account. To further drill down your selection, you can even choose options like attachments size, mail we’ve got in the last one week, select the type of the attachment (jpg, pdf, zip, doc, etc).

I recommend you to unsubscribe to all the unwanted newsletter emails. If you are getting spam emails, just tag them as spam and google take care of the rest.

With this, I’m concluding this blog post on How to delete all mails in the Gmail account. If you have any other queries related to this, do let us know through the comments. We will be glad to help you out.

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