How to Delete 200,000 Emails from Gmail

How to Delete 200,000 Emails from Gmail

Are you looking to clean your Gmail inbox? Are most websites not helping you?

Fear not! There is a simple and quick solution. I’ve detailed it here for you below:

1. Open your Internet Browser (Google Chrome), head to Gmail, and sign into your account.

2. Next visit the Show search options arrow up top in the search bar, click Create a filter.


3. In the “Has the words” text field, type before:2015/01/01 or your preferred date. That is an example date; the goal here is to delete all messages received prior to January 1 of last year. You can use any date you want, as long as it conforms to the format YYYY/MM/DD.

4. Click the blue Search Mail Button or blue Create Filter with this Search Text Hyperlink


5. Then make sure your screen looks like this:



6. Check the box that has a small arrow next to it, it should mark approx 50 conversations below. You can now see in the dead center of the page a tiny hyperlink for Select All Conversations That Match This Search. (Tip: If you want to preserve your email while still getting it out of your inbox, choose to skip the inbox (Archive it) instead.) You can click that option:

Select All Conversations That Match This Search


7. Click the Trash Can Button to Delete your Emails!  Depending on how many messages meet the filter criteria, the deletion process may take a minute or longer. If it crashes please repeat this process with a different date filter that might lessen the amount you delete at one time

Just make sure you really want to permanently delete all that email. Unless you’re approaching your storage limit, the smarter move is to archive it instead. That way it’ll still be available when you run searches, but it won’t make your inbox over capacity.

8. Finally, you want visit the  trash can option in Gmail side bar: make sure to click the center option to select all of the emails and hit the DELETE FOREVER button

To confirm your success scroll down and check your Gmail storage:

Some Updates: May 15, 2019

Try these filters for some great options for deleting Gmail in bulk:

  1. is:unread  (for people who read all their important email)
  2. older_than:1y and is:unimportant (for older emails that are not important)


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