How To Empty Gmail Trash Folder

Is the Gmail trash folder filling up with unwanted emails? Here is how to empty the Gmail trash folder to delete all trashed emails.

Getting unwanted emails is pretty typical for most of us. When you get unwanted emails, it is also very common to delete them as soon as possible. In fact, from time to time, I even go through old emails and delete the ones that are too old and unimportant. When you delete emails in Gmail, they are moved to the Trash folder. This is just like in Windows, where the target file or folder is moved to the recycle bin after deletion.

One of the main advantages of this behavior is that it allows you to recover accidentally deleted emails. To recover an email in Gmail, you go to the Trash folder and move it to the Inbox or other folders. However, if you are deleting a lot of emails or to make sure no one can ever recover an email from the Trash folder, you can manually empty the Gmail trash folder. i.e., delete emails from the Trash folder in Gmail.

If you don’t know, Gmail automatically deletes emails older than 30 days from the Trash folder. If you want them to be removed early, then you must empty the Gmail trash folder manually.

This quick and easy guide will show you how to empty the Gmail trash folder in simple steps.

Important note: Once you delete emails from the trash folder, you cannot recover them. So, be doubly sure when deleting emails from the Gmail trash folder.

Where is the Gmail trash folder?

The trash folder is available under the “More” section of the Gmail sidebar. First, log in to your Gmail account and click on the “More” option on the sidebar to find the Trash folder. Next, click on the “Trash” option to open the folder.

Steps to empty Gmail trash folder

To empty the trash folder in Gmail, follow the below steps.

  1. Log into your Gmail account.
  2. Click “More” on the sidebar.
  3. Click “Trash” to open the Trash folder.
  4. Press the “Empty trash now” button.
  5. Click the “Ok” button in the confirmation window.
  6. With that, all the emails in the Trash folder are deleted.

First, log in to your Gmail account ( After that, find the “More” option on the left sidebar and click on it.

click more

This action will expand the More section. Here, find and click on the “Trash” folder.

gmail trash folder

This will open the trash folder, and you can see all the emails in it. Now, click on the “Empty trash now” button appearing at the top-center of the screen. Alternatively, you can also select the checkboxes of all the emails and click the “Delete forever” button.

empty trash folder in gmail

Click the “Ok” button in the confirmation pop-up. As soon as you do that, all the emails in the Trash folder will be deleted.

confirm action

Note: If you have many emails in the Trash folder, it can take a couple of minutes for Gmail to delete them.

Can I recover deleted emails in Gmail?

No, you cannot recover deleted emails in Gmail. Gmail has no feature or option that lets you recover emails deleted from the Trash folder. So, please be extra careful when deleting emails from the trash folder.

That is all. It is that simple to empty the trash folder in Gmail.

I hope that helps.

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