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Organize your Gmail inbox using labels

You can organize your emails by setting up labels. Labels work like folders, but you can add more than one label to a message.

Add a label to a message

Add a label to a single message
  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. Open a message. (If you want to stay in your inbox, tap the sender's profile image.)
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Change labels.
  5. Check the boxes next to the labels you want to add.
  6. In the top right, tap Done Done.
Add a label to multiple messages
  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. On the left, tap the sender's profile image next to the messages you want to label.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Change labels.
  5. Check the boxes next to the labels you want to add.
  6. In the top right, tap Done Done.
Move a message to another label
  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. Open the message. (If you want to stay in your inbox, tap the sender's profile image.)
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Change labels.
  5. Uncheck the boxes next to the current labels, then select new labels.
  6. In the top right, tap Done Done.
Automatically label messages

If you want to automatically add labels to specific messages, such as from a certain sender, follow these steps.

  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  4. Scroll to the bottom, then tap Settings.
  5. Tap your account.
  6. Tap Label settings, then tap a label name. If you don't see a label you want to use, create a new label first.
  7. Tap Add.
  8. In the "From" field, type a name or email address. To add more search criteria, like a subject or keyword, tap And.
  9. In the top right corner, tap Save.

Note: Only new messages that match these criteria will be automatically added to the label.

Create, edit & delete labels

Note: Only you can see the labels that are added to your messages.

Create a label
  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. Tap the Menu Menu.
  4. In the "Labels" section, tap Create new.
  5. Type a name.
  6. Tap Done.
Edit a label
  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. Tap the Menu Menu.
  4. Select the label you want to edit.
  5. In the top right, tap Settings Settings.
  6. Tap Name.
  7. Type a new name.
  8. Tap Done.
Delete a label
  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. Tap the Menu Menu.
  4. Select the label you want to edit.
  5. In the top right, tap Settings Settings.
  6. Tap Delete.

Michelle is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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