No matter how many precautions you take, spam will still make its way into your inbox. Thankfully, Gmail tucks these messages away into a special Spam folder. You never have to see these messages if you don’t want to. But what do you do if you receive a lot of spam? The best way to clean up your inbox is to make it so Gmail automatically deletes old spam mails for you.
How to Auto Delete Old Spam Emails in Gmail
There are a few different ways you can automatically delete old spam messages from your Gmail account.
Create a Filter
Google warns that filters may not work as intended when trying to send spam messages to the trash. But many people have had success with this method. Here’s how it works:
- Click on the gear on the right side of your inbox, and click on Settings.
- Click on the Filters tab, and click on the “Create new filter” link.
- A pop-up box should appear. In the “Has the Words” field, type “in:spam” without the quotes.
- Click “Create Filter with this Search” and then click okay to confirm.
- Click the “Delete It” checkbox to send spam messages to Trash.
- Click on the checkbox next to the Create Filter button to apply this filter to any spam messages that are already in your spam folder.
- Click Create Filter.
This should delete any old spam messages you already have in your folder, and automatically delete any future spam messages you receive.
Wait 30 Days
If you don’t want to create filters or the filter method isn’t’ working for you, you always have the option of just ignoring your Spam folder for 30 days. Gmail automatically deletes spam messages after 30 days, so you don’t have to delete them manually.
Google recommends simply waiting for Gmail to automatically delete your old messages for you. Filters can be a hit or miss, so if you’re not in a rush to clear out your Spam folder, you can wait a month for the messages to disappear on their own.
Use the “Delete All” Feature (Not Automatic)
There is one final way to get rid of all of your spam messages, but this isn’t an automatic method (technically).
When you click on your Spam folder, you should see a message at the top of your inbox. Inside of that message is a handy link that will delete all of your spam messages with just the click of a button. It may not be an automatic way to get rid of the spam in your inbox, but it’s a quick way to delete these messages if you don’t want to wait 30 days or the filter technique isn’t working for you.
If your inbox isn’t overflowing with spam and you can ignore your folder for a few weeks, it’s best to let Gmail automatically get rid of the spam for you. But if you need to get rid of spam now, one of the two methods above will solve your problem.
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