Delete Old Messages in Gmail

Edited by Djinu, Ash0hley, Eng

You're watching VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show how to search for and delete all messages before a certain year using Gmail.

Delete Old Messages In Gmail.mp4-canvas58 334095.jpg



  1. 1
    To do this, let's go to the search window at the top of the screen and type in "before:", and the date we want to search before
    Delete Old Messages In Gmail.mp4-canvas14 902521.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  2. 2
    In this particular instance, we'll use "1/1/2007"
    This will show us all messages that happened before this date. It will show us messages from 2006.
    Delete Old Messages In Gmail.mp4-canvas22 824021.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  3. 3
    To delete all of these, I can select all of them by clicking on this checkbox
    It will allow us to select the first 50 messages.
    Delete Old Messages In Gmail.mp4-canvas31 642521.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  4. 4
    If we want to select all of the messages that match this criteria, we can just click on "Select all conversations that match this search."
    Delete Old Messages In Gmail.mp4-canvas40 881021.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  5. 5
    Once they have all been selected, press the "Delete" icon to delete all of these messages before 2007
    I am not going to do that for the demonstration, but if you want to, you can.
    Delete Old Messages In Gmail.mp4-canvas48 468021.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help
  6. 6
    That is how to search for all messages before a certain date, and delete all of them
    If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the space below. Thanks for watching VisiHow.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Video: Delete Old Messages in Gmail

Referencing this Article

If you need to reference this article in your work, you can copy-paste the following depending on your required format:

APA (American Psychological Association)
Delete Old Messages in Gmail. (2016). In VisiHow. Retrieved May 27, 2017, from

MLA (Modern Language Association) "Delete Old Messages in Gmail." VisiHow, Accessed 27 May 2017.

Chicago / Turabian "Delete Old Messages in Gmail." Accessed May 27, 2017.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Article Info

Categories : Google

Recent edits by: Ash0hley, Djinu

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 212 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No