How to Delete All Promotions
in Gmail

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We all have that promotions folder on our personal Gmail that gets incredibly full.

From newsletters we forgot we signed up for to discounts for stores we shopped at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of emails that exist there.

If you’re ready to delete all those promotions, you’ve come to the right place!

How to Delete All Email From Promotions Folder?

Let’s first review how to delete all the emails currently living in your promotions folder. On Google Chrome Gmail it is quite simple, you simply go to your promotions tab and click the select all box on the top left corner.
As you click, you’ll see a message that says you’ve selected only the first page. If you’d like to select all the conversations in promotions, you should click the select all XXX conversations in promotions.
Next, you will see that all conversations have been selected. It is important here that you simply go to the trash bit to delete and do not select “Clear selection” as that will take you back to the start.
On the Gmail app for iPhone or iPad, you want to select the sender’s image or letter - they’re typically in the shape of a circle and a checkmark will appear. You then manually select all of the ones you wish to delete and then hit the trash bin again.

For the Android app, you will want to click on the menu in the top-left corner that has three horizontal lines (also known as the menu burger). By selecting it, you will see the list of your inboxes, including promotions, which you will select. As with the iPhone app, you then do a long press and select each email you wish to delete, before hitting the trash bin.
Unfortunately, you cannot do mass deletion on any of the apps as you can on Chrome yet.

How to Get Rid of Promotions in Gmail Before They Land in Your Inbox

While emptying out your promotions inbox is well and good, it would be great to avoid it getting too full. Fortunately, there’s a few ways to do this:

Hit that Unsubscribe

The easiest is to hit the unsubscribe button on that newsletter that keeps reaching out to you:
By simply clicking the unsubscribe link you get taken to a page to confirm your desire to no longer receive updates:
Another way to unsubscribe is to do it via Gmail:
However, we find that this might be a bit of a miss, and formally unsubscribing from the newsletter directly is a better way. Neither requires too much effort on your part anyway.

Gmail Filter Creation

The other thing you can do to help weed out your promotions folder is to create a filter for specific wording. It’s easy to do on Gmail, provided you choose your filters correctly.
First, you want to select the three lines on the right hand side of the search bar:
That will pop out the following options:
You want to pick a word that you see often related to the unwanted promotions you receive in the subject or body of the email. As an example, I wrote newsletter. Then you select create filter and the following shows up:
You can then select directly deleting all incoming emails that have that word and apply it to existing conversations so that those are also deleted. Alternatively, you can categorize it as spam or mark it as read according to what you prefer.

From the moment you make the filter, you can then leave it up to Gmail to take over deleting your unwanted promotions for you.

Mark them as Spam

In more extreme cases, you can send them to spam. There are a few ways to do this, firstly, by reporting a particular email as spam by clicking on the three dots when opening an email:
But this is lengthy to do for all, so a faster option is to select several and then click the exclamation point button to report them all as spam:
By marking them as spam, Gmail’s spam filter will learn to continue filtering them in future correspondence.

Block Sender

You can also go ahead and block the sender, as we saw above in the spam reporting example too.

Simply select “Block SENDER” and you will no longer receive their emails.


There are many ways to avoid being overwhelmed by emails in your promotion tab.

We hope what we’ve shown in this article has been useful to you today, and that you will find a way to clear out your Gmail promotions tab that best suits your needs.
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