You may have hundreds of emails sitting in your Gmail account and if you’ve been using the service for years, there’s a good chance that you have thousands. This can make it difficult to find the emails you want and if you’re running out of storage space, it might be time to do some house cleaning.
How to Delete All Emails at Once
If you’re on an Android device and want to delete multiple emails in Gmail, here are the steps you need to follow.
1. Open the Gmail app on your Android device.
2. Tap the menu button in the top-left corner of the screen, then select Trash.
3. Tap and hold down on any email that you wish to delete, then tap all of the other emails you wish to delete. Alternatively, tap and hold down one email, then tap Select All from the pop-up menu to choose all of your emails.
4. Tap the trash can icon at the top of the screen.
5. Tap OK to confirm that you want to delete all selected emails.
If a pop-up message asks you if you would like to restore or permanently delete any or all of your deleted emails, choose OK, then trash or restore as necessary.
How to Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail App
Just as with other email services, it’s possible to recover emails that you’ve deleted in Gmail.
In Gmail, each time you delete an email, it gets moved to the Trash folder, where it stays for 30 days before being permanently deleted. During that time, you can still recover your email from the Trash folder — after that time period has passed, you won’t be able to recover it.
The steps for recovering emails from the Trash folder vary depending on whether you’re using the desktop or mobile web version of Gmail. Here’s how to do both:
1. Recovering emails from the app version of Gmail
Step 1: Swipe left on the email you want to recover and tap “Undo” or “Unsend.”
Step 2: If that doesn’t work, go to the Trash folder and select the three vertical dots next to the email you want to recover.
Step 3: Tap “Move To Inbox.”
2. Recovering emails from the desktop version of Gmail
1. Open gmail in your browser and log into your account.
2. Click the “More” link at the top of the left-hand sidebar.
3. Select “Trash” from the dropdown menu.
4. Hover over any email that you want to restore, then click on the checkbox that appears on its right side to select it (repeat this step for any additional messages you want to restore).
5. Click “Move To” at the top of the page, then select “Inbox” (or any other custom folder in which you want to store your restored email).