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Delete or recover deleted Gmail messages

When you delete a message, it stays in your Trash for 30 days. After that time, it will be permanently deleted from your account and can't be recovered.

Choose your delete settings

Learn how to change your deletion settings, like whether you want confirmation before deleting a message, and whether you want to archive or delete messages by default.

Delete messages

When you delete a message, it stays in your Trash for 30 days. After that time, it will be permanently deleted. If you want to remove a message from your inbox but you don't want to delete it, you can archive the message.

Delete a single message
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. Open the message. (If you want to stay in your inbox, tap the letter or photo next to the message).
  3. Tap Delete Delete.
Delete multiple messages

Delete multiple messages

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. Tap the letter or photo next to the messages you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete Delete.

Delete all messages in a category

  1. On a computer, open Gmail. You can't delete all messages from the Gmail app.
  2. In the top left, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. Click All. If you have over a page of messages, you can click Select all conversations.
  4. Click Delete Delete.
Empty your Trash

If you don't want a message to stay in your Trash for 30 days, you can permanently delete it.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Trash.
  4. At the top, tap Empty trash now.

Undelete messages

You can move messages out of your trash if you deleted them in the last 30 days.

See the messages in your Trash
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Trash.
Recover messages from the Trash
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Trash.
  4. Tap the letter or photo next to the messages you want to recover. 
  5. In the top right, tap More More.
  6. Tap Move to.
  7. Choose where you want to move the message to, like your inbox.

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

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