How To Delete Old Emails In Gmail

For many of us, our email inboxes serve as a sort of digital filing cabinet. Over years of use, they can become cluttered with old and unnecessary emails. This clutter can make it difficult to find important emails when you need them. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of deleting old emails in Gmail to free up some space and make your email experience more efficient.

Step 1: Open Your Gmail Account

The first step is to log into your Gmail account. Simply go to and enter your email address and password.

Step 2: Search for Old Emails

Once you’re logged in, go to the search bar at the top of the page. This is one of Gmail’s most powerful features and can be used to find old emails. If you want to delete emails from a specific time period, for example, emails older than a year, you can enter the following in the search bar:


With this command, all emails older than one year will appear in your search results. You can change the ‘1y’ to any number of days (d), months (m), or years (y) to suit your needs.

Step 3: Select the Emails you Want to Delete

With your emails now filtered, you can select all the emails on the page by clicking on the checkbox at the top left corner of the screen. Once you do this, Gmail will select all the emails on the current page. However, if you want to delete all the emails from the search result, click on the “Select all conversations” option that appears at the top.

Step 4: Delete the Emails

Once you’ve selected all the emails you want to delete, simply click on the Trash icon at the top of the page. This will move all selected emails to the Trash.

Step 5: Empty the Trash

Finally, to permanently delete these emails from your account and free up space, you need to empty the Trash. To do this, go to the menu on the left side of the page, click on ‘More‘ to expand the menu, and then click on ‘Trash‘. Within the Trash, click on ‘Empty Trash now‘ at the top of the page.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully cleaned up your Gmail account by deleting old emails. Now your inbox should be a little less cluttered and a lot more manageable. Remember that you can use this process periodically to keep your email organized.