Keeping your Gmail inbox free of spam is important to keep it organized and prevent phishing attacks. While Gmail does a good job of filtering spam into the Spam folder automatically, you may want to permanently delete spam emails to save space. Here are some tips to quickly and easily delete all spam emails from your Gmail inbox.
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Find the Spam Folder
The Spam folder in Gmail collects all messages that have been marked as spam. To access it:
- In the sidebar on the left, click More
- Select Spam from the dropdown menu
Alternatively, you can just search for
in:spam in the search bar at the top.
Empty Spam Folder
Once you have opened the Spam folder:
- Click Delete all spam messages now at the top
- Confirm by clicking OK
This will permanently delete all messages in the Spam folder.
Delete Spam Individually
If you only want to delete some spam messages rather than everything, you can delete them individually:
- Open the Spam folder
- Check the box next to each spam message you want to delete
- Click the Delete forever button at the top
Block Spam Senders
You can prevent future spam by blocking troublesome senders altogether:
- Open the spam email
- Click the three dots in the top right corner
- Select Block [sender’s email address]
Gmail will automatically send all future emails from that address directly to Spam.
Create Spam Filters
For advanced spam management, you can set up custom spam filters:
- Go to Settings > Filters and Blocked Addresses
- Click Create new filter
- Enter filter criteria, like sender’s email or subject keywords
- Choose filter actions, like Delete it or Mark as read
- Click Create filter
If too many regular emails are going to Spam, adjust the spam filter sensitivity:
- Go to Settings
- Click the Spam tab
- Check or uncheck boxes to make the filter More or less aggressive
By regularly clearing out your Spam folder and fine-tuning filters, you can keep your Gmail inbox clean and prevent phishing attacks. Block habitual spam senders, create custom filters for common spam topics, and adjust sensitivity as needed. A spam-free inbox makes Gmail much easier to manage.