Do you want your Gmail to start from scratch?

Posted in: Gmail Customer Service, Gmail Tech Support On: 01/5/18 4:43 AM by: Tom Copper
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When Gmail came up with generous 1 GB of free space for everyone, we never thought we’d have to deal a situation where we need to delete an email—but even though that free space is now 15 times what it once was, email is more like a burdensome than ever.

It’s not about the available space posing a problem in Gmail; it’s the number of unread, unnecessary, and unsolicited emails clogging up the archives. Checking the inbox every time becomes depressing, running a useful search becomes nearly complicated and impossible almost, and systems of labels that once made sense have long since been abandoned. It’s time to reduce your losses, so here’s how you can initiate from the beginning, and do better next time. Users can simply ask for more help and support at Gmail help number

Deleting messages

The first step is to delete away everything from your Gmail account. Now, Google isn’t  responsible if you erase a message you later realize it important, so proceed at your own risk—if you want to make a backup copy of your emails first then you can use Google’s comprehensive export tool to get your emails out. You can also forward the important emails to another account or use Gmail’s POP/IMAP features to get your emails saved to your system—Google guides via its instructions as to how to enable and use them here.

It’s very simple to delete all your inbox messages: Go to the All Mail page, place a tick in the selection box to the top left, and click Select all option. Well, these deleted emails will move to the Trash folder anyway. If you don’t want to wait for messages to auto-delete permanently, you can simply go to the Trash and click Empty Trash now and then OK. Also visit the Spam folder as well to make sure absolutely everything’s gone.

Erasing contacts

Gmail’s choice to make it simple for you to email your contacts is helpful sometimes, but it creates your contact list messy sometimes. People you only ever emailed once in ten years span, suddenly appear as a contact on your Android phone. This is somewhat complicated to perform, because your contacts sync across multiple Google services, like Android. Gmail users want to get rid of any useless email addresses while interacting with the important ones and without deleting anyone’s phone number along the way, and Google doesn’t make this an easy task.

To start deleting unnecessary contacts from the Contacts page is the Other Contacts category under the More heading. As with emails, you can use the checkboxes present on the left to select people, then select More option and Delete contacts. You can also clean up contacts by checking the Duplicates tab and seeing if any contacts can be merged.

Starting again

With a fresh new inbox and updated contact list to enjoy, it’s time to ensure that your Gmail account never gets clogged up again. Being careful about who has your email address is a good way, or starting again with a new Google account is an option, and you can get all the forwarded messages back from your old account. As dots don’t make any difference, so emails sent to j.ohnsmith@gmail.com and john.smith@gmail.com gather into the same inbox. For this purpose use a dot into your email address during your signup process for less important apps and services, and you can filter messages from all these places. Notify Gmail to mark them as read and archive or delete them immediately for a less busy inbox.

Another way is to regularly trash out all your emails after they get few months old. Type “older_than:1y” in the Gmail search box to directly find messages sent more than a year ago, for example, or “older_than:6m” to change the time frame to six months.

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