How to Delete All Promotions In Gmail

Wondering how to delete all promotions in Gmail without spending hours selecting each message by hand? We’ve got a solution to help you delete dozens or even hundreds of promotions emails from your Gmail account at once or even delete all emails you don’t want automatically.

How to Delete Promotions in Gmail

Promotional emails are marketing messages you receive from platforms where you are registered.

💡 Note: Gmail doesn’t provide a way to delete all emails at once.

How to Delete Promotions in Gmail On Desktop

  1. Log into your account on desktop and navigate to the Promotion folder.
  2. Promotions category in Gmail
  3. In front of each message, you will find a clickable box.
  4. Tick these boxes in as many emails as you would like to delete and select the Trash button that appears at the top of the list.
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How to Delete All Promotions in Gmail App

For users who spend more time on their mobile, here is how to delete all promotions in Gmail on phone in the Gmail mobile app.

  1. Launch the app. Select the menu bar on the top left corner to navigate to the Promotions category.
  2. Select Promotions.
  3. To delete, select promotional emails individually by clicking on their header.
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  5. Select all necessary emails and click the Trash icon on the top bar.
  6. To delete permanently, select Bin folder from the left-side menu and empty it.

How to Delete All Promotions in Gmail at Once with Clean Email

Gmail does not provide a feature or guidance on how to empty Promotions in Gmail at once. This means you have to clean up your mailbox from time to time, so messages do not pile up. Imagine having to delete over 2000 marketing emails by selecting them one by one. It should be stressful and time-consuming.

To delete emails at once in any Gmail category, you can use an email management tool like Clean Email.

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For example, you can use the Auto Clean feature that helps you set your own rules that delete, achieve, move, or label emails that match the set rule. This means you can set certain marketing messages to automatically delete themselves as they arrive in your Promotions folder.

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You can also use the Auto Clean feature to remove or archive emails after a certain amount of time, which can also help you keep your Promotions folder cleared out, too.

Furthermore, you can use the Smart Folders feature to organize your inbox and make it easier to clear out large amounts of messages all at once. With Smart Folders, you can manage messages that meet similar criteria from anywhere in your inbox. This allows you to quickly read, move, or delete dozens of messages all at once, based on the filters you set.

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If you’d rather stop specific promotional emails from ever ending up in your inbox at all, you can use one of Clean Email’s other features to help: Unsubscriber. This powerful tool detects mass mailings and newsletters so you can easily remove yourself from distribution lists and manage incoming emails with ease.

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When you click the Unsubscribe button within the Clean Email system, the app will follow all the steps needed to remove your address from the requested mailing list. This usually includes several steps, but Clean Email does all the work for you. If for some reason you are not removed from the noted subscription list, the app will still keep messages from the noted domain out of your inbox by blocking them on arrival.

Follow our guides on how to delete Gmail emails, how to delete old emails, and how to mass delete emails on Gmail.

How to Move Emails From Primary to Promotions in Gmail

Gmail comes with pre-set filters that identify which emails go into which tabs i.e., category:promotions. However, this filter is not perfect, and as such, the wrong message can be sent into the Promotions folder. Below is how to move emails from promotions to primary category or vice versa.

  1. Log into your account on desktop.
  2. Highlight the message you intend to move, right-click on your mouse, and select Move tab.
  3. In the next screen, simply select where you want to move the message to.
  4. Once moved, all future emails will enter into the new tab.

What Are Custom Tabs in Gmail?

Gmail custom tabs are categorization tabs used to organize messages as they hit your mailbox. Typically, your mailbox comes with three built-in tabs, which are primary, social, and promotions. These tabs are visible underneath the search bar on your inbox when you are signed in on desktop.

What Each Tab Represents

Social: This is where updates from all your registered social media are sent. From LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and others. However, if you aren’t registered on any social media platforms, no messages will appear on this tab except for social media ads.

Primary: The primary tab is where the majority of your important messages end up. These are emails from colleagues, friends, family, work, updates from newsletters you subscribed to, forum updates, etc.

Promotions: The Gmail promotions tab is where marketing messages from various websites you’ve registered on are delivered.

Why Custom Tabs Are Important

If you ever decide you do not need a custom tab on your account, you can also revert back to the standard mailbox view. Custom tabs help you manage your mailbox, so you know which folder to look up a particular message. If you find emails appearing in the wrong tab, you can manually move the email to the appropriate tab, and the service provider will follow suit on newer messages. Custom Gmail tabs are quite useful for sorting out your Gmail emails and leaving them less cluttered.

How to Add and Remove Custom Tab on Gmail

Google gives customization privileges to its users. Below is how to add and remove tabs.

How to Add Tabs in Gmail

To add tabs in Gmail, simply follow the instructions below.

  1. Log into your account.
  2. In the top right corner beside your profile image, select Settings gear icon, then choose See all settings.
  3. Choose All settings in your Gmail account
  4. In the next screen, navigate to Inbox.
  5. Here you will find the tab list on default. Beneath that, you will find the current tab options selected under categories.
  6. Choose Inbox settings in your Gmail mailbox
  7. To add, simply tick the box in front of your preferred category. This is how to add a category in Gmail.

How to Remove Tabs in Gmail

  1. Log into your account.
  2. Select SettingsSee all settingsInbox.
  3. Here you will find the tab list. Simply untick the boxes in front of the categories you will no longer need displayed.

How To Recover Deleted Emails on Gmail

Whether you accidentally deleted an important message in your Gmail Promotions tab by mistake or you just deleted an entire thread you meant to reply to, it may not be lost forever. When you delete an email in the inbox folder, it doesn’t just vanish — it goes into the Trash folder for 30 days before deleting itself permanently.

If you go into your Trash, you can click on any message in the trash folder and choose to move it back into your inbox or into any custom tab you’d like. It’s fairly simple as long as you catch your error before Gmail automatically removes the email from your trash after 30 days.

Not sure you have all the right steps in order? We can help you learn more about how to recover deleted emails from Gmail.


Gmail custom tabs are great for sorting your emails into various tabs. It also makes it easier to delete certain types of messages. However, if you are looking for a more professional email management tool, we recommend using the Clean Email app to make your Gmail inbox clean and free of clutter.

For more insights on how to delete multiple emails and how to delete all emails from a sender in Gmail, head back to our blog.

How to Delete All Promotions In Gmail - FAQs

Where is the promotions tab in Gmail?

On desktop mode, you can find all tabs which include promotions, social, and primary underneath the search tab. On the Gmail app, however, you will have to select the menu bar at the top left corner to see the various tabs.

How do I delete all promotions in Gmail?

Within your Gmail inbox or the Gmail app, there is no way to delete all the messages in your promotions tab at once — you can only select each message individually then click “delete.” Luckily, Clean Email’s Auto Clean feature can help you automate this task and save you time.

Can I empty my entire promotions folder in Gmail?

From the promotions tab in Gmail, you can use the check box to select all emails on one page in the tab, then click “delete,” which takes time. Alternatively, you can use a program like Clean Email to automatically delete promotional messages as soon as they enter your inbox.

How do I stop emails going to promotions?

You can manually move emails from promotions to social or primary category to ensure all future emails enter the new tab. You can also remove the Promotions tab from settings to stop emails from going to promotions.

How do I delete all categories in Gmail?

On desktop, simply select settings beside the profile image → select All settings → Inbox, and deselect the categories you no longer need. Keep in mind that you can remove all categories except Primary. When others are removed, all emails go into the primary category.

How do you move emails from promotions to primary in Gmail permanently?

On the Gmail app or on desktop, simply select the email you want to move, right-click mouse when on desktop and click the three-dotted menu button when using the app, to access the move option. Simply select Move and choose which category to send to.

How do I add categories to my Gmail inbox?

You cannot add more categories than the in-built categories: forums, social, promotions, and updates. However, you can choose to add or remove any of these categories from tabs. Simply enter Settings → choose All settings → Inbox tab and select or deselect any category you want to appear or disappear.

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