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Archive or mute Gmail messages

If you want to clean up your inbox without deleting your emails, you can archive or mute them. Your emails are moved to a label called "All Mail."

  • When you archive a message: The message will come back to your inbox when someone replies to it.
  • When you mute a message: Any replies stay out of your inbox. You can search for the conversation if you want to find it again.

Archive a message

Archive 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 the message. (If you want to stay in your inbox, tap the sender's profile image.)
  4. Tap Archive Archive.

Tip: If you selected Archive in your settings, you can swipe the message to the left from your inbox.

Archive 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 archive.
  4. Tap Archive Archive.

Find or move messages you archived

Search for archived messages

When you search in Gmail, your results will include any messages that have been archived.

Learn more about search in Gmail.

Open the All mail label

The All mail label is added to any message. If a message has been archived, you can find it by opening the All mail label.

  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. Tap All mail.
Move archived messages back to your inbox
  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 message you want to move.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and then Move to Inbox. If you don't see this, tap Move to and then Primary.

Mute or ignore messages

  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. Open the conversation. If you want to stay in your inbox, tap the sender's profile image.
  4. In the top right, tap More More and thenMute.

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

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