How to Delete All Promotions in Gmail at Once on PC, iPhone, Android, etc.

2019-03-07 22:57:26 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

Gmail has five different tabs (or inboxes or categories) to help users organize emails. The Promotions tab is one of them. Deals, offers and other promotional emails are likely to be delivered to this tab. This article will show you how to delete all Promotions in Gmail in one go.

Quick tutorial: Delete all Promotions in Gmail at once

This solution is applicable to Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android and other platforms.

Step 1Sign in to Gmail

Open the web browser on your computer. Go to https://www.google.com/. Sign in with your Google account. Go to Gmail.

Step 2Select all emails in Promotions

Click the Promotions tab. Under the “Search mail” box and beside the refresh icon, you can find a checkbox. Select it.

bulk select emails in Promotions tabs in Gmail

A message will show up telling you that all emails on the current page are selected, followed by the option to select all the emails in Promotions, as shown in the screenshot below. Click the option.

select and delete all promotions in Gmail

Step 3Delete

In the toolbar, click the trash bin icon to move all Promotions in Gmail to the trash folder. Empty trash emails if needed. This is how to delete all promotions in Gmail on computer.

Tip: To undo the deletion, just click Undo in the lower left corner.

What if you want to delete all promotional emails in Gmail app on your phone? Currently, it’s not possible to select all emails to delete in Gmail app. You can choose to do the deletion on computer, and the changes will sync. That being said, you can still do it on your mobile device. But to make it possible, you need to first access the fully featured Gmail website. Below is how.

Open a web browser on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Sign in to your Google account. Go to Gmail.

Tap the three-line menu in the upper left corner. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and click Desktop.

view Gmail in desktop version on mobile

Set your browser to open sites in desktop mode. Now you are using the HTML Gmail. At the bottom of the screen, find the standard option and click it.

view Gmail in standard version on mobile

Now you can follow the 4-step instructions above to get rid of all Promotions in Gmail.

delete all promotions in Gmail on iPhone or Android

How to mass delete emails in Promotions and other tabs by sender, date range, etc.

Sometimes, you may want to delete all Promotions in Gmail because they are useless and waste storage space. But sometimes, you may still want to keep some of the emails and delete the others. Suppose you want to delete all promotions older than one year. It will be time-consuming to identify and delete them one by one. There is actually a trick that can make it super easy to filter and bulk delete emails in Gmail’s Promotions and other tabs.

There are a number of search operators that you can use to filter emails in Promotions and other inboxes in Gmail. You can use them individually or as a combination.

Operator Scenario Examples
category: Specify a category in Gmail category:promotions
from: Delete all promotions in Gmail that are sent from a specific sender category:promotions from: laura
category:promotions from: example.com
category:promotions from: laura@example.com
subject: Delete every email in Promotions tab in Gmail that contains certain words in the subject line category:promotions subject:christmas
category:promotions subject:sale
has:attachment Delete all promotions in Gmail that have an attachment category:promotions has:attachment
is:read Delete all promotions in Gmail that have been read category:promotions is:read
is:unread Delete everything in Gmail's Promotions tab that is unread category:promotions is:unread
after: Delete all conversations in Promotions that are sent after a specific date category:promotions after:2019/03/01
before: Delete all emails in Promotions that are sent after a specific date category:promotions before:2016/03/01
older_than: Delete all Promotions emails that are older than a time period using d (for day), m (for month), and y (for year) category:promotions older_than:1y
category:promotions older_than:1m
newer_than: Delete all messages in the Promotions inbox that are newer than a time period category:promotions newer_than:7d
larger: Delete all Promotions emails in Gmail that are larger than a specific size category:promotions larger:0.1M
category:promotions larger:5M

Below are some examples of search operator combinations that may be useful to you.

  • category:promotions from: example.com older_than:1y
  • category:promotions is:read older_than:3m
  • category:promotions before:2018/01/01 subject:discount
  • category:promotions from: example.com is:read
  • category:promotions older_than:1y larger:1M

After filtering the promotions that you want to remove, you can follow the step-by-step instruction to select all the filtered emails and mass delete them with just a click.

These operators are applicable to all Gmail tabs such as Promotions and Primary. Do remember to replace the tab name. To delete all of the read emails in the Primary tab that are older than one year, just use "category:primary is:read older_than:1y".

To filter and delete Gmail in all tabs, just use these search operator without operator "category:".

The best way to block promotional emails in Gmail

It’s easy to delete all Promotions in Gmail. We can make things even easier by blocking unwanted promotional emails in the first place. There are two common ways that you can use.

You can use Gmail’s built-in blocking function. Go to the Promotions tab. Open an email, click the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and choose to block the sender. The future emails from the sender will be delivered to the spam folder. It will take a few clicks or taps.

The easier way is to use third-party apps like Junkmail Stop to block unwanted promotions and other types of emails in Gmail. Junkmail Stop is an iOS app that allows you block Gmail with just one single tap.

1. Download and install Junkmail Stop on your iPhone. Open it. Sign in with your Gmail account.

2. In your Promotions inbox, find an email that you want to block. There is no need to open the email. Just tap the switch to enable blocking.

It’s that easy. You can use this app to get rid of unwanted promotional emails as well as other types of unwanted emails.

Conclusion

Unwanted promotional emails take up your Gmail storage space. And the inboxes can get quite messy if you don’t organize and delete the unnecessary messages. If you are wondering how to delete all promotions in Gmail in one go, this article will definitely help you out. You can also use the search operator trick to keep your Gmail neat and well organized. In addition, with the bonus tip above, you can effortlessly prevent unwanted promotions from going to your inbox.

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