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How to empty Gmail trash

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How to empty Gmail trash: Just like traditional email clients, too Gmail has a recycle bin in which unwanted emails can be diverted. Have you ever wondered about emptying it, like you did with the Outlook or Thunderbird recycle bin? If the answer is no, fix it now.

By default, Gmail automatically deletes the messages in its trash after 30 days but, on certain occasions – for example when you need to immediately delete the traces of some messages deemed compromising or unwanted -, it may be useful to know how to proceed in via manual.

So take a few minutes of free time and let me explain how to empty gmail trash. I will first show you how to act via the classic Google Mail web panel, then how to operate via smartphone app and, finally, how to achieve the same result using an e-mail client, such as Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or Apple Mail. I assure you that this is child’s play in any case. All that remains is for me to wish you a good reading and a good job!

Empty the Gmail trash

You usually use Gmail through his web version or through his official app for smartphones and tablets? Then this is the section of the tutorial that suits you best: below, in fact, you will find explained in detail how to remove emails from the Gmail recycle bin by acting on the web version of the service and its app for Android and iOS.

From computer

If you want to find out how to empty gmail trash operating from the web version of the service, open your favorite browser, log in to Gmail and place the mouse pointer on the left sidebar. At this point, click on the item Trash can and all the emails contained in the Gmail trash will be displayed.

Now, to delete a single message, select it and click the button Permanently delete which is located at the top left.

If, on the other hand, you want to delete all the emails in the trash, make sure there is no message selected, go to the top of the Gmail page, click on the link Empty the trash now and confirm the operation by clicking on the button OK.

How to empty Gmail trash

Before emptying the Gmail trash, do you want to create a rule whereby certain messages are automatically moved to the list of emails to be deleted? Nothing could be simpler: open one of the messages like the ones you want to automatically move to the trash, click on the button Other (located at the top right) and select the item Filter messages of this type from the menu that appears.

In the box that opens, specify the characteristics that the emails to be deleted must have (sender, subject, attachment, etc.) and click on the item Create filter. Then put the check mark next to the item Delete and click on the button Create filter to complete the operation.

If you want to apply the filter to messages already in Gmail and not only to those that will arrive in the future, also put the check mark next to the item Apply the filter to matching conversations as well And that’s it. Easy, right?

Gmail

If instead of the classic version of Gmail you use Inbox by Gmailyou can empty the trash of your mailbox by selecting the item Trash can from the left sidebar and clicking on the button Empty the trash now located at the top right.

From smartphones and tablets

Empty the Gmail trash from your smartphone

Even the official Gmail application for Android And iOS allows you to empty the trash in a very simple way, even if it does not provide the possibility to delete messages individually.

To proceed with the deletion of all messages in the trash through the Gmail app, start the latter, press the ☰ button located at the top left and select the item Trash can from the menu that appears on the side.

At this point, tap on the item EMPTY THE BASKET NOW which is located at the top right of the screen that opens, confirm (by pressing the button EMPTY) And that’s it.

As already mentioned, individual messages cannot be deleted, but they can be deactivated. To do this, go to the trash can from the Gmail app (or any other folder in the inbox), do a prolonged tap on the message to be deactivated, press the ⋮ button located at the top right and choose the option Deactivate from the menu that opens.

If instead of the classic Gmail app you use the Inbox by Gmailwhich is also available for Android And iOSyou can empty the trash in a practically identical way to what we saw earlier for Gmail: then press the ☰ button located at the top left and select the item Trash can from the menu that appears on the side. Then tap on the item EMPTY THE BASKET NOWconfirm (by pressing the button OK) And that’s it.

Empty the Gmail trash via client

Following my guide dedicated to the topic, you have configured Gmail in a traditional email client, such as Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or Apple Mail, and now you would like to know how to empty the trash from your mailbox using it? No problem, I’ll explain it to you right away!

Microsoft Outlook (Windows / macOS)

How to empty Gmail trash in Outlook

If you have set up a Gmail account in Microsoft Outlook, the famous e-mail client included in the Office suite, you can empty the trash of your e-mail box in a very simple way. To begin with, go to the section mail of the program (by clicking on the icon of the envelope located at the bottom left), expand the menu Gmail located in the left sidebar and select the item Trash can which appears below.

At this point, if you want to completely empty the Gmail trash, right-click on its name in the Outlook sidebar, select the item Empty folder from the menu that opens and confirm by clicking on the button Yup which appears in the center of the screen.

If, on the other hand, you want to delete a single message from the Gmail trash without completely emptying the latter, select the individual messages to delete (using the combination Ctrl + click on them), right click on any of them, select the item Delete from the context menu and confirm by clicking on the button Yup which appears in the center of the screen.

Outlook – you need to know – also offers the possibility of automatically emptying the recycle bin each time you exit the program. To activate this function, click on the button File located at the top left and select the item Options from the screen that opens. Then, in the window that appears on the desktop, choose the item Advanced from the left sidebar, put the check mark next to the item Empty the Deleted Items folders when you exit Outlook and press on OK to save the changes.

Mozilla Thunderbird (Windows / macOS / Linux)

How to empty Gmail trash in Thunderbird

Also Thunderbirdthe well-known free and open source e-mail program produced by Mozilla, allows you to empty the Gmail trash in a manual and automatic way.

To proceed with the manual deletion of messages, expand the item related to your Gmail address in the Thunderbird sidebar, choose the trash can that appears below and choose how to act: to delete all the emails in the folder in one go, right-click on the icon Trash canselect the item Empty Trash from the menu that opens and confirm by pressing the button Yup which appears in the center of the screen. To delete a single message, instead, right click on it, choose the item Delete message from the context menu and confirm.

To set the automatic emptying of the recycle bin at each exit from the program, proceed as follows: click on the ☰ button of Thunderbird (top right) and select the items Options> Account settings from the menu that opens.

In the window that appears later on the desktop, select the item Server settings from the left sidebar (under your Gmail address), put the check mark next to the option Empty the trash at the exit and click on the button OK to save the changes.

Apple Mail (macOS)

How to empty Gmail trash in Mail

You have a Mac and use Apple Mail as a mail client to manage your Gmail account? Then follow the instructions below to empty the trash from your mailbox.

To empty the trash completely, expand the icon Trash can in the Mail sidebar, right-click on the entry for Google and select the option Erase deleted items from the context menu. Then confirm by pressing the button Cancel that appears on the screen, and that’s it. To delete a single message, instead, select the items Trash> Google from the Mail sidebar, select the email to delete and click on the button Delete which is located at the top.

If you want, you can also set the automatic deletion of messages in the trash every time Apple Mail is exited. To activate this function, go to the menu Mail> Preferences which is located at the top left. In the window that opens, select the tab Accountchoose the item related to Google from the left sidebar, access the section Box rules and set the drop-down menu Erase deleted messages on Upon exiting Mail. Easy, isn’t it ?!