How to delete messages in Gmail with a simple swipe (Android)

Being able to swipe notifications away is probably among the best things to come to Android, as it added a way for users to quickly single out and dispatch of individual messages, without having to hit the "Clear All" button, or to perform precise taps to do it. A very simple solution, yet very effective and certainly underappreciated until one is forced to live without it.

Enter emails – in this day and age, most of us are bombarded with a lot of messages and spam, so cleaning up unwanted messages is something we will do at least once a day – and those can pile up! Now, some manufacturers, such as Samsung, have added the ability to swipe messages our of your phone and into oblivion in their proprietary mail apps. However, what if you prefer to use the Gmail app (especially now that it lets you register email addresses from other providers as well).

Well, by default, the Gmail app may or may not let you swipe messages away. And, if the former is the case, swiping will result in the mail being sent to Archive, rather than deleted. No, we do not wish to archive messages about pinky enlargement, or fake rich princes desiring to give us a mindboggling amount of cash, if we only send them $100 first. Thankfully, our key to swiping bliss is present in the Gmail app, it's just sort of hidden in the settings. Check out the slideshow below to see how you can set it up so that a simple swipe can vanquish any of thy spam foes.

Well, you are set. Now go destroy some messages!



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Doesn't the end result wind up being the same? In both cases archived or deleted items wind up in online trash an nuked in 30 days?

2. paul.k

Posts: 296; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Nope, archive puts them in a separate folder forever (until deletion)

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kool, gotcha thanks for clarification.

4. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Nice. Thanks! Phonearena!

5. givemetacos

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2014

I don't know why anyone would want to archive instead of delete by default. Every other platform gives the delete option right away.

6. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Yeah. I either delete or I store it in a folder.

7. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I didn't know this was possible! Thanks for the tip.

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

And this feature cannot be selected in Inbox. Rather, either a message is archived forever or snoozed. SNOOZED! In order to delete a message, it's necessary to go to the sub-menu and pick the trash can. But, to snooze, SNOOZE, a mere flick is all one needs?

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