How to Delete Gmail Emails Faster on Android

Delete in bulk and swipe to delete for quicker email management

What to Know

  • Tap the icon to the left of the emails you want to delete. Then tap the Delete icon.
  • Tap the three-line menu > Settings > General settings > Swipe actions > Change > Delete to change the swipe action for single emails.

This article explains how to delete Gmail emails in the official Gmail app for Android by deleting multiple emails at the same time or by swiping to delete single emails.

How to Delete Multiple Gmail Emails at Once

Follow these steps to delete more than one email at a time or to delete all of your Gmail emails in bulk.

  1. Open the folder that contains the emails you want to remove in Gmail.

  2. Tap the icon to the left of an email you want to delete in Gmail. Or, press and hold the message to select it.

  3. Select the icon next to any other emails you want to remove from Gmail.

    There isn't a way to select every message in a folder using the Android app. To remove every email in Gmail, access your account from a web browser.

  4. Tap the Delete icon.

    Checkbox for emails, Delete button in Gmail app on Android

How to Quickly Delete Single Gmail Emails

Swiping to delete in Gmail is a breeze because you can swipe one email after the other to quickly remove several messages. You don't have open an email to press the Delete icon.

To delete Gmail messages by setting up a swipe action:

  1. Tap the three-lined menu at the top left of Gmail, and then select Settings.

  2. Go to General settings > Swipe actions.

  3. Tap Change for the Right swipe or Left swipe, and choose Delete.

    Change button, Delete checkbox, and right swipe to delete on Android Gmail app
  4. Tap the Back arrow to return to your email, and then swipe in the correct direction to remove emails.

If your Gmail account is set up to use IMAP, removing Gmail emails from your Android also deletes them from other devices that are connected to your account using IMAP.

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