How to Mark All Emails As Read in Gmail

Parth Shah

Slack and Microsoft (With Microsoft Teams) are trying hard to replace the email. However, the standard email experience is here to stay. The majority still prefer to use Gmail and Outlook to keep in touch with banking updates, favorite newsletters, and recent happenings from social media handles. Among all the email providers, Gmail is the most popular out there. The service is natively available on all the Android devices, and as a result, it is dominating the consumer email experience with over 1.5 billion monthly active users.

Mark all email as read in gmail

Most users check the Gmail's Inbox once in a week. Your inbox might get messing if you have a a lot of subscriptions and banking activities. Gmail does offer some of the functions to create rules, to mark all emails as read, and more. You might have seen users with thousands of unread emails on their mobile phones. t makes the whole email experience difficult to navigate, and in hundreds of emails, you might miss some important ones.

In this post, we will discuss how to mark all emails as read in Gmail web and mobile. We will also mention some of the tricks to improve your Gmail experience. Let’s get started.

Mark All Email As Read in Gmail Web

There are multiple ways to mark all emails as read in Gmail web. Google doesn’t offer a direct option to mark all emails as read. Go through the steps below to mark all emails as read in Gmail web.

Step 1: Open the browser on your PC and navigate to Gmail.

Step 2: Sign in using your Google account credentials.

Step 3: From the default ‘Inbox’ menu, you will see your emails neatly getting divided into Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums.

Step 4: You will find the Search Mail option at the top.

Step 5: Type label:inbox is:unread in the search field at the top of the page.

Search with lable

Step 6: Gmail will display the first 20 unread messages in your inbox.

Step 7: You can tap on the three-dot menu and select the ‘Mark all as read’ option. Alternatively, you can choose the ‘Select All’ option and tap on the down arrow icon and select ‘Read’ from the drop-down menu.

Unread emails

You can also tap the ‘Select all’ option in every section and mark all the emails as read. But I won’t recommend using that option as you might miss some of the important emails in the process.

Mark all as read

You should follow the steps above, have a glance over the unread emails, and if all seems fine, then you should use the mark all read option.

Mark All Email as Read in Gmail Mobile App

I would usually advise you to mark all emails as read from the Gmail web. The experience on the mobile isn’t as intuitive as the web. As for mobile apps, both the Android and iOS carry an identical UI and UX for the Gmail app.

For this post, I will use the screenshots from the Android app. You can expect to use the same steps on the iOS Gmail app to mark all emails as read.

Step 1: Open the Gmail app on your phone.

Step 2: Tap on the hamburger menu and scroll down to the app Settings.

Go to gmail app settings

Step 3: Go to your Gmail account.

Step 4: The Inbox type is set as Default. Tap on it and Select ‘Unread first’.

Inbox type
Unread first

Step 5: Go back to your Gmail Inbox and you will see all your Unread emails on the default home. Tap on the hamburger menu and you will find a new ‘Unread’ tab.

Step 6: Tap on the ‘Unread’ tab and take a glance over all the unread emails in your inbox. Long-press on an email to select it. Then, tap on the profile picture of all emails to select them.

Step 7: Tap on the ‘Read’ icon at the top to mark the selected items as read in the Gmail mobile app.

Unread in gmail app
Mark all read in mobile

Alternatively, you can type label:inbox is:unread in the search bar above, and Gmail will filter-out the unread emails from the Inbox. Select them and mark the emails as read.

Keep Unread Inbox At The Top in Gmail Web

Google offers an option to keep unread emails at the top of the Inbox. Navigating through each tab in Gmail can get confusing. You can always use the Advanced Settings option in Gmail to streamline the Inbox experience. Follow the steps below to enable the Unread Inbox at the top in Gmail.

Step 1: Open the browser on your PC and navigate to Gmail.

Step 2: Sign in using your Google account credentials.

Step 3: Tap on the Settings icon at the upper right corner.

Go to all settings

Step 4: From the Settings menu, go to Advanced option.

Go to advanced in Settings

Step 5: Scroll down to the bottom and enable the ‘Unread Message icon’ option.

Step 6: Hit Save Changes at the bottom.

Enable unread message

Now you will see all the unread emails at the top. Glance over them and mark them as read.

Unread first on web

Reach Inbox Zero

Inbox Zero is the new fad. At times, you might struggle with the Gmail mobile app to find out which email missed your notice. So, go through the steps above and mark the thousands of emails as read in Gmail. Make it a habit to clean out the Inbox once in a month or two. How many unread emails you have in Gmail? Sound off in the comments section below.

Next up: Do you know you can use the Dropbox service from Gmail as well? Read the post below to learn how to access and use Dropbox from Gmail.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.