How To Delete Old Messages in Gmail

Are you tired of having a heavy inbox as that of mine? I had around 16000 emails in my inox (unread ones) before I used this trick to automatically delete old messages in Gmail. You can do this using filters. I have always preferred Gmail though Yahoo has come up with some new features. This is one reason why Gmail is preferable. You can delete older messages using Filters. You might wonder how old would the mails be? It’s in your hands to decide which messages must be considered old.

Step 1

Head on to Gmail and sign in. You can find a “Create a Filter” link near the search box. Kindly check the screenshots below and click on Create a Filter.Create a Filter in Gmail

Step 2

In the “Has the Words” field type before:2011/06/01 You can enter any desired date but make sure your date follows the format YYYY/MM/DD. After entering the date, click on Next Step.

Step 3

After you Click on Next Step, you can see various options like Archive it which pulls them out of the inbox which can be viewed by clicking on “All Mail” in the left. You can also delete the old messages, forward them or apply an label.Archive Messages in Gmail

Step 4

After choosing the desired options, you can click on Apply filter to # conversations and then on Create Filter. You are done with it!

This trick would make your inbox lighter. What are your opinions about this trick?

  • http://www.geekspalace.com/ Ifham khan

    Really nice trick Lalit Google is come up with advance feature

  • arafinshaon

    Works pretty fine tnx @Lalit. Bro i have 1 more problem. I have lost my gmail select all button :( do u know how to fix it?

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      It must be there next to archive button! Don’t you find it?

    • arafinshaon

      Nop its missing.

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      You can contact me at lalitindoria [at] blogotechblog [dot] com with the screenshot of the image! :)

  • arafinshaon

    Finally i’m able 2 fix my pblm bro :)
    I have 1 more thing 2 ask u :) U wp theme is fabulous. Which theme are u using.

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      I’m using Thesis :)

  • Rohan Purty

    this is a great trick

  • http://www.tekgazet.com Ashok

    Gmail is a feature-rich email service and it keeps on adding features from time to time. Deleting old mails using a single command is really useful to delete several mails in one go.

  • Paul

    good tip – only thing is my inbox still shows as 70% full. I selected ‘archive’ and ‘delete it’. I assume this means they are archived and deleted from my inbox?

    What do you mean ‘apply filter to # conversations”? should I put a number where # is …?

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      It will automatically show you the number of conversations matching your criteria