Gmail folders (also known as labels) allow you to collect relevant emails. If you don’t need one or more of these folders, it’s easy to remove them from the web, iPhone, and iPad versions of Gmail. We’ll show you how to do just that.
Note: As of the May 2022 write-up, the Gmail Android app does not allow you to delete folders (labels). You will need to use a PC, iPhone, or iPad.
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What You Should Know Before Deleting Gmail Folders
When you delete a folder, Gmail deletes that folder, but all emails that were in that folder remain. Know that once you delete a folder, you can’t restore it, but you can create a new folder from scratch if you want.
Before you start the folder deletion process, if you want to delete all the emails found in that folder, first find and delete all those emails. Then proceed to the section below to delete the folder itself.
Delete a folder (label) from the web version of Gmail
On your desktop computer, such as Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook, use the Gmail website to delete your email folders.
To get started, launch a web browser on your computer and open Gmail. Sign in to your account if you haven’t already.
On the main interface of Gmail, in the sidebar on the left, find the folder you want to delete. Then hover over that folder and click on the three dots.
Advice: If you don’t see the folder you want to delete, at the bottom of your folder list, click “More” to see all available folders.
In the menu that opens after clicking on the three dots, choose “Remove Tag”.
In the “Remove Tag” message, click “Remove”.
And that is. Gmail will delete the selected folder from your account, but remember that the emails that were in that folder still exist in your account if you didn’t delete them manually.
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Delete a folder (label) using the Gmail app for iPhone or iPad
To get rid of a folder with your iPhone or iPad, first launch the Gmail app on your phone. In the top left corner of the app, tap on the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).
Scroll down the menu that opens at the bottom. There, tap “Settings”.
Under “Settings,” select your Gmail account.
Scroll down the account page and tap on “Tag Settings”.
On the “Tag Settings” page that opens, tap the folder (tag) to delete.
On the folder page, tap “Delete [Folder Name]. “
Select “Delete” at the prompt.
Gmail will remove the chosen email folder from your account and you’re all set.
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