Delete all of your unread emails in seconds with nifty Gmail trick, users urged
Reading every email can be tricky.
And, if you're anything like me, you've long since passed the point of no return when it comes to clearing your inbox.
Whether you've got 200 unread emails or 36,000, there comes a stage when it just seems like there's so many already unread that there's no point even trying to clear them.
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Luckily, deleting all your unread emails and reaching that fabled 'Inbox Zero' is easier than you think thanks to a handy built-in Gmail tool which lets you do it all in seconds.
How to delete all your unread emails on Gmail at once
It's really easy to clean all your unread emails from Gmail in one go, and best of all, it only takes a couple of seconds. Just follow these steps:
- Open Gmail and click the Search options icon in the search bar at the top (Hint: it looks like three horizontal lines with small cuts in them)
- Then, go to the dropdown list at the bottom where it says 'Search' and select 'Unread Mail'. Tap the big blue Search button.
- A list of your latest 50 unread emails will appear. Tap the checkbox in the top left of the screen, then click 'Select all conversations that match this search' when prompted.
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Now, all you have to do is click the 'Trash' icon and, after a few seconds, all your unread emails will be gone.
Just make sure you haven't missed anything important by reading through the email subject lines first.
If you do accidentally delete anything, you'll have 30 days to retrieve it from your Gmail 'Bin' before it gets permanently wiped from your inbox.
Once it's gone, you should enjoy substantially more storage space in your Gmail, leaving more room for future unread emails as well as photos, videos and documents on Google Drive.
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