How To View Unread Emails In Gmail

If you’re a Gmail user and dealing with a massive influx of emails every day, it can be easy to lose track of the unread ones. Sorting through pages upon pages of read and unread emails can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Gmail offers a simple solution to this issue – a feature that allows you to view only your unread messages. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to do just that.

Accessing Unread Emails in Gmail

Here’s a quick and easy method to view all your unread emails at once:

  1. Login to your Gmail account.
  2. In the search box at the top of the page, type is:unread and hit Enter.

This action will filter out all the read messages and display only the unread ones in your inbox. The same can also be achieved by clicking on the arrow in the search box, which opens the advanced search, and selecting ‘Unread mails’ under the ‘Search’ dropdown.

Using Search Operators for More Specific Searches

Gmail has a set of search operators that can be used for more specific searches. Consider the following:

  • To find unread emails from a specific sender, you can use the operator is:unread from:[sender]. Replace [sender] with the email address of the sender.
  • To find unread emails within a specific time frame, use the operator is:unread after:[date]. Replace [date] with the desired date in the format yyyy/mm/dd.

Creating a Label for Unread Emails

For easier access, you can create a label for unread emails. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the ‘Create new label’ option in the left sidebar.
  2. Name the label as ‘Unread’ and click on ‘Create’.
  3. Now, go to the search box and type is:unread.
  4. Select all the unread emails, click on the ‘Label’ icon, and then click on ‘Unread’.

All your unread emails will now be found under the ‘Unread’ label in the left sidebar.


With these simple steps, managing your unread Gmail messages becomes a breeze. Take advantage of these features to keep your inbox organized and never miss an important unread email again.