How to Empty Spam and Trash Fast in Gmail

Don't wait 30 days for Google to take out the trash

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Even if you never empty your Trash and Spam folders, Gmail does it for you after 30 days automatically.

A lot of unwanted mail and spam can accumulate in 30 days, and these messages count toward your Gmail storage quota. They sit there where they may irritate you and pose possible privacy concerns. There's no need to wait; you can empty your spam and trash folders quickly.

Empty the Spam and Trash Folders Fast in Gmail

To delete all messages in the Trash label in Gmail:

  1. Go to the Trash label. It is located in the left panel listing of folders under More. With Gmail keyboard shortcuts enabled, you can also reach it by pressing GL on the keyboard, typing trash in the search field and clicking Enter to open the Trash label.
  2. Click Empty Trash now at the top of the Trash messages.
  3. Click OK under Confirm deleting messages.

To delete all messages in the Spam label in Gmail:

  1. Open the Spam folder in the left panel.
  2. Click Delete all spam messages now.
  3. Click OK under Confirm deleting messages.

Empty Trash and Spam in Gmail on iOS (iPhone, iPad)

If you access Gmail on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can delete all junk and spam email quickly in the Gmail app for iOS:

  1. Tap the Gmail app to open it.
  2. Use the menu icon in the left corner to view the list of folders.
  3. Tap the Trash or Spam folder.
  4. Tap Empty Trash Now or Empty Spam Now respectively.
  5. Click OK in the deletion confirmation screen that opens.

If you access Gmail using the iOS Mail app using IMAP:

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Go to the list of Gmail folders.
  3. Tap on either the Trash or Junk folder to open a list of the emails in the folder.
  4. Tap Edit at the top of the screen
  5. Tap the circle to the left of each email you want to delete.
  6. Click Delete at the bottom of the screen.

Permanently Delete an Email in Gmail

You need not throw out all the trash to get rid of one unwanted email.

To permanently delete a single message from Gmail:

  1. Make sure the message is in the Gmail Trash folder.
  2. Check any email you want permanently deleted. You can also open an individual message.
  3. Click Delete forever in the toolbar.