How to empty Gmail Trash Folder

September 08, 2022
How to empty Gmail Trash Folder
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When you delete an email from your inbox, it’s not gone forever. Instead, it’s stored in the Trash folder. Emptying your trash in Gmail is a necessary step to manage your inbox size or remove any sensitive information you don’t want in your inbox.

In this article, we'll discuss how to empty your Gmail trash folder through both your computer and mobile device. We will also cover some of the benefits of keeping your trash clean!

Let’s get started!

How to delete trash emails in Gmail on your Windows computer or Mac

Step 1: Go to Gmail

The first step is to open your Gmail account on your computer.

Step 2: Go to Gmail Trash

Once you are logged in, click on the ''More'' option in the left sidebar.

From the drop-down menu, select ''Trash''.

Step 3: Click “Delete forever” for individual messages

You will see all the messages that are in your Gmail trash folder. To delete a message forever, select the message you want to delete and click on the ''Delete forever'' option. When you delete an individual message from your Trash, you will no longer be able to access it again. The nice part is the same is true for hackers!

Step 4: Click “Empty Trash now” for all messages in trash

If you want to delete all Gmail emails in your trash, click the ''Empty Trash now'' option. It'll ask for confirmation and once you confirm, all your messages in the trash will be deleted forever. Doing so often can keep anyone from accessing sensitive information that might still exist there.

So, emptying your trash in Gmail on your computer is a simple process. Let's explore how to empty email trash in Gmail on Android.

How to delete all trash in Gmail for Android

Step 1: Click the three parallel lines

First, open your Gmail app. Then, click on the three parallel lines in the top left corner of your screen. This will open up a menu with several options.

Step 2: Go to Trash/Bin

Once you have the menu open, scroll down until you see the "Trash” (or “Bin" option and click it. This will take you to a page that only shows the emails currently in your trash.

Step 3: Click “Empty Bin now”

At the top of the trash page, there is a button that says "Empty Bin now." Click this button and it'll ask you to confirm that you want to delete all Gmail emails at once. Once you click "Empty," all of the emails will be permanently deleted.

And that's it! You've now successfully emptied your trash in Gmail on mobile.

Why you should keep your Gmail trash folder clean

Gmail deletes trash automatically after 30 days

One of the main reasons you should keep your trash clean is that Gmail doesn't delete messages in the trash automatically. You may be asking yourself ‘How long do deleted emails stay in Gmail.’ To answer your question, these, messages will stay in your trash for 30 days before being deleted. If the trash folder in Gmail is left unchecked for a while, your storage can quickly clutter up.

Overcapacity storage can cause emails to bounce

If your Gmail account is over its storage capacity, you may start to experience issues with messages bouncing back or not being delivered at all. This is because Gmail puts a limit on the amount of storage you can have in your account.

Once you reach this limit, new messages will start to bounce back until you free up some space. By emptying your Gmail trash folder, you can free up this valuable storage space and keep your account running smoothly.

Sensitive information remains in trash until deleted

It is not only important for you to know how to clear your trash in Gmail but to also do it regularly because this will keep any sensitive information in your Gmail account safe. This is because Gmail deletes trash after 30 days so they can still be accessed by anyone who has access to your account.

It’s rare for hackers to access your account, as Google has best-in-class security features to prevent that. However, it can still happen if someone has access to your login credentials. To be better safe than sorry, empty your trash often (and enable two-factor authentication if you haven’t).

So there you have it! Everything you need to know about how to delete your trash in Gmail. Whether you're using a computer or mobile device, these instructions will help make sure that your trash is emptied quickly and easily.

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