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Question: I have an unbelievable number of emails in my inbox. 99% irrelevant. How do I selectively delete and keep the important ones?

How do I selectively delete unimportant emails and keep the ones that matter?

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Mar 10, 2018 6:48 PM in response to elke170 In response to elke170

As no one else can determine for you what is important and what isn't, you'll need to go through them one by one and decide.


Depending on the mail application you use and your email provider, you can set up filters to sort email. I use Gmail and the InBox app does a lot of automatic filtering. I've also found the the service Unroll.me is good at handling email subscriptions.

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Mar 10, 2018 6:50 PM in response to elke170 In response to elke170

With your mailbox open, select Edit and a circle will appear on the left of all messages. Those you want to delete you tap that circle, those you want to keep, you don't. Once you've made your selections, tap Trash on the bottom right of the page and voila, the selected emails will go into your trash folder. You can still retrieve them if you want until you empty the trash folder.

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Mar 10, 2018 7:06 PM in response to elke170 In response to elke170

elke170 wrote:


Thank you. I was hoping there would be an easier way as I have somehow amassed thousands of emails. I’ll spend a day on this.

Honestly, when I get to that point, I delete them all. Then, I resolve not to let it get so bad again. 😉

Mar 10, 2018 7:06 PM

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Mar 10, 2018 7:10 PM in response to elke170 In response to elke170

To be honest, there is no easy workaround if you haven't maintained your mailbox. For major jobs like this, I would be inclined to to this on your laptop/pc, but it's find on the phone as well. Once you've gotten yourself caught up, make it routine to maintain your mailbox daily.

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Mar 10, 2018 7:12 PM in response to deggie In response to deggie

deggie wrote:


Is used to do that with my physical inbox when I worked. If no one asked about it in 6 months out it went.

I long ago discovered that half of what I was supposed to file for any given job could, if you left it sit long enough, just get binned. No one ever actually looked at it.

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Question: I have an unbelievable number of emails in my inbox. 99% irrelevant. How do I selectively delete and keep the important ones?