2 Ways To Bulk Delete Emails in Gmail on Android
Previously, I covered how to bulk delete emails in the Gmail desktop version. Today, I will show you how to do it on your Android phone. You won’t always have access to a PC and some people don’t use a PC at all, so it’s important to know to bulk delete emails on your phone too.
Furthermore, on Android, you can also get help from the apps on Google Play Store, which is an additional way to delete lots of Gmail emails at once. Let’s see two ways to delete bulk emails in Gmail, both a built-in method and a third-party tool.
Method #1: Use Google Chrome’s Desktop Mode
The Gmail Android app may not have a way to bulk delete emails, but the desktop counterpart still has it. Thankfully, you can enable Desktop Mode in Chrome to open Gmail just as if you are opening it on a desktop. Just follow the below instructions:
Open Chrome and search www.gmail.com in the search bar. You might be asked to open Gmail app on your phone, select Not Interested here.
This will open Gmail mobile website. Now, tap on the Chrome menu at the top-right corner and enable the Desktop site option from it.
Afterward, open Gmail main menu at the top-left corner and select Desktop at the very bottom.
Here again, move to the very bottom and tap on Standard.
The Gmail desktop site will now load. You need to move to the label from which you want to bulk delete emails, like promotions or primary. To delete all the emails in Gmail in bulk, you’ll have to go to the All Mail label.
While the right label is open, tap on the Select all checkbox at the very top of emails that selects all visible emails.
It will select emails and give you an option named Select all (total emails) conversations in (label name). Tap on it to select all the emails and then tap on the Trash can button at the top to delete them at once.
Method #2: Use a Third-Party App
If you don’t want to use the desktop-based method, then a third-party method might be better. Instaclean is a great app for this purpose. The app automatically imports your emails from Gmail using IMAP and then gives you the option to delete them in bulk.
You’ll have to log in to the app using Gmail and then allow it to import emails using IMAP. The import process can take some time, so wait a few minutes before trying to delete things to ensure everything is imported.
On the main screen, it will show a Bulk delete now button along with the total count of emails imported. Tap on this button.
It will show all emails sorted by labels, sender, and size. You can also select the year from which you want to delete emails. Choose the required filters here and then choose the Select all option and tap on Delete Now button to delete all the messages.
The messages will be deleted from both this app and your Gmail account. However, they will still be in Gmail’s Trash folder so you can recover them if needed.
Interestingly, the app also has a nice feature to sort newsletter subscriptions and bulk unsubscribe.
The first method definitely has more steps which can be cumbersome, but it also gives more control and you can also view the content of emails if needed. Although, to quickly find and delete emails, using Instaclean would be better. Just be very careful when bulk deleting emails as you might end up deleting an important email that you might need later.
If you know any other way to bulk delete emails in Gmail on Android, let us know in the comments below.