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Gmail Tips: Deleting emails

Gmail started its journey in 2004 by offering 1GB storage to its users. It was doubled to 2GB in 2005 and today it has grown to 15GB. However, users still have to struggle with managing space in their Gmail box. Reason? The unwanted email and spam messages that come to our mailbox.

It is hard to keep a tab on every mail that reaches your mailbox. Gmail also offers a buying space solution which allows you to buy 100GB per month for as less as 5USD. But in case you are in no mood to spend any money and want to make some space in your mailbox, getting rid of those unwanted emails is one option.

Now, deleting more than 50 emails at once looks impossible. It is because Gmail displays only 50 emails on one page and you can select not more than that. So what if you have thousands of unread emails that you know are unimportant and spam. How do you delete them? Try these steps.


To delete all unread emails:

–Type is:unread in search bar of your Gmail.

— All unread emails will appear on your page.

— Select all. You will see that only 50 emails have been selected by Gmail for the deletion.

–Click on “select all conversations that match this search.”

— Click on the Trash icon to delete emails. All your unread emails will be deleted from the inbox. When you delete emails, Gmail moves them to Trash where it is kept for 30 days and after that Gmail deletes it permanently.


To delete large files:

— Go to Gmail search bar and type Size:25M (if you want to delete files of 25M)

–All 25M files will show up. Select all and delete or you can back up your important files and then delete them.


To delete old emails:

–Type older_than:3y (if you want to delete mails olders than 3 years)

— All your old emails, including your sent emails and drafts will be displayed. Select and delete.



July 22, 2019

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