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.

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 computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Point to the message.
  3. On the right, click Delete Delete.
    Note: If you're using classic Gmail, select the message. At the top, click Delete Delete.

To delete a single message from an email thread:

  1. Open the message.
  2. Next to Reply Reply, click More More.
    Note: If you're using classic Gmail, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. Click Delete this message.

Delete multiple messages

Delete multiple messages

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Check the boxes to the left of the messages.
  3. At the top, click Delete Delete.

Delete all messages in a category

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. In the top left, check the box to select all messages. If you have over one page of messages, click Select all conversations.
  3. At the top, 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 computer, go to Gmail.
  2. On the left side of the page, scroll down, then click More and then Trash.
  3. Check the box next to messages you want to permanently delete, then click Delete forever.
    Note: The Delete forever option is only available in the Trash. You won’t be able to delete items forever from the Search result view.
  4. To delete all messages in your trash, click 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 computer, go to Gmail.
  2. On the left side of the page, scroll down, then click More and then Trash.

Recover messages from the Trash

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. On the left side of the page, scroll down, then click More and then Trash.
  3. Check the box next to any messages you want to move.
  4. Click Move to Move to Inbox.
    Note: If you're using classic Gmail, click Move to Move to.
  5. Choose where you want to move the message to.
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