Cleaning your Gmail Trash inbox manually

By default, the emails stored in the Trash for more than 30 days are automatically deleted. This 30-day period cannot be changed or disabled. But if you want to clean your Trash inbox manually, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Click the More button in the folder list (check the left sidebar) to display the full list of folders.
    Gmail - list of labels - the ‘More’ button
  2. Click on the Trash label (or Bin label - for UK users)
  3. If the Trash folder contains many emails, the Empty Bin now button will appear above the list of messages. Click it. Then confirm the deletion of all emails by pressing the OK button.
    Gmail - Empty Bin Now button
  4. If you do not see the Empty Bin now button, just select all emails on the page using the checkbox button indicated on a screenshot:
    Gmail - batch selection
  5. The Delete forever button appears. Click it.
    Gmail - ‘Delete forever’ option

If you want to leave some emails in the Trash folder, simply uncheck each of them. In this case, when you press the Delete forever button, these messages will remain in your Recycle Bin while the rest will be deleted.

Be careful, emails deleted from your Trash folder will not be recovered!

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