In Gmail, you can interact with folders and shortcuts. Folders in Gmail are by default where your emails are stored. Folders are inbox, outbox, spam, important, and scheduled. Gmail labels are the place where you create your mail. So you can separate your emails with labels.
You cannot delete the default folders in Gmail in the management settings. However, you can hide them from the list on the left side. Only the labels can be deleted and renamed.
What are labels in Gmail for?
A folder and label in Gmail are needed to manage emails in the email service of the same name on the fly. Chains of emails can be highlighted with labels in the form of squares when they are placed in the left pane above chats. It’s enough just to click and the whole correspondence will be available to you. And it doesn’t matter whether the correspondence is with one person or with a company. Therefore, the use of labels in this email service can significantly save time, especially if the correspondence is carried out with several users at once.
However, when you have too many unneeded emails and folders piled up, your email client can become a chaotic place. Working in such an environment isn’t only inconvenient but also ineffective – everything can get mixed up and generally ruin the quality of your work. Therefore, it’s very important to clean up trash and control your work environment promptly. Thankfully, Gmail has a user-friendly interface and this procedure isn’t a big waste of time.
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How to remove labels in Gmail using a browser?
We recommend deleting unused and unnecessary labels. Though they’re a great organizing tool, too many of them clutter the left pane menu and can slow Gmail down. The deletion process itself is simple and fast. You just need to go to Gmail through your browser and use this guide:
- Launch a web browser on your computer and open Gmail. Log in to your account if you haven’t already.
- On Gmail’s main interface, in the sidebar on the left, find the label to delete.
- Then hover over that folder and click the three dots.
- From the menu that opens after clicking the three dots, choose “Remove Label.”
- In the “Remove Label” prompt, click “Delete.”
Remember, deleting a Gmail label won’t delete the messages that used it, but it will delete the label itself, so you can’t assign emails with the folder until you recreate it.
What about deleting Gmail folders via iOS?
Well, if you don’t have access to the desktop version of Gmail, then you can easily do the same through the app Gmail, which is installed by default on all modern tablets and smartphones based on Android or iOS. In this case, let’s look at an example of deleting a folder in Gmail on iOS:
- Launch the Gmail app on your phone. In the app’s top-left corner, tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).
- Scroll down the menu that opens to the bottom. There, tap “Settings.”
- In “Settings,” select your Gmail account.
- Scroll down the account page and tap “Label Settings.”
- On the “Label Settings” page that opens, tap the label to remove it.
- On the folder page, tap “Delete”
- Select “Delete” in the tab menu.
As you can see, the process is quite fast. The only thing you shouldn’t forget about is that if your goal is to delete the emails themselves, the above methods aren’t quite suitable for this. If you delete folders with emails, you delete the label to which the emails belonged, but not the e-mails as such. To delete the latter, use the method below.
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Is it possible to remove all messages in Gmail?
It’s possible and sometimes even necessary to clear the entire mailbox. Although it’s advisable to first make a backup copy of the entire mailbox using Google’s data export tool. Then you can open it using an e-mail client, such as Microsoft Outlook. It may take a few hours or even days to save the box – it depends on its size. However, the process is done on Google’s servers, so there’s no need to keep your computer turned on. You can also transfer your most useful and important messages to another account with a desktop email client, using POP or IMAP.
Deleting emails is a simple process. To do this, you need to:
- Go to the Gmail page with all your messages.
- Then check the box in the upper left corner and click “All”.
- After that, all you have to do is click on the trash can icon and confirm the action.
The emails will appear in the trash bin icon, available in the menu on the left. Go there and click “Clear Trash“. Also, check your spam folder to make sure your account is now completely clean.