How to Mark All Emails as Read in Gmail (Desktop and Mobile)

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Denisa Lamaj
14 June 2024


If you use Gmail daily, you might need to know how to mark all your emails as read on both desktop and mobile. 

This simple task can help keep your inbox organized and make managing emails much easier. 

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to mark all emails as read, whether you're using a laptop or your phone. Let's get started!

What Does it Mean to Mark as Read All Emails?

When you get a new email, it is usually marked as "unread," so you notice it. In Gmail, unread emails appear in bold, and you can see the number of unread emails you have.

After you open an email, it changes from "unread" to "read." If you get many emails and want them to show as "read" without opening each one, you can use the "mark as read" feature.

Here are some reasons to mark your emails as read:

  • Organize your inbox. Marking emails as “read” helps you keep track of which ones you've handled, making it easier to manage your inbox.
  • Use filters. Many email services let you filter emails by their “read” or “unread” status, helping you find old messages quickly.
  • Focus on "unread" emails first. Prioritize your tasks. If some emails aren't important, mark them as “read.”

If you want to learn how to mark all your emails as “read” and tidy up your inbox, this guide will show you how to do it, especially for Gmail users.

How to Mark All Emails Read in Gmail?

Below, we'll explain the steps to mark all emails as “read” on both desktop and mobile, making it easy for you to choose whichever method is most convenient for you.

On Desktop

There’s an easy way to mark all the emails you've received as “read” since you created your Gmail account. Here’s how to do it from your desktop:

  1. Sign in to your Gmail account.
  2. In your inbox, find the checkbox at the top left next to the search bar. Click the downward arrow next to this checkbox and select "Unread" to highlight all your unopened messages.

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  1. Once all your unread emails are selected, click the "Mark as read" button.

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On Mobile (3 Methods)

On Mobile, you have three different ways to mark messages as “read” or “unread.” Here is a detailed guide on how to do each.

Mark Message as “Read”/”Unread” Manually

  1. Open the Gmail App: Launch the Gmail app on your phone.
  1. Select the Message: Navigate to your inbox and find the message you want to mark. Tap on the message to open it.
  1. Tap "Read" or "Unread": At the top right corner of the screen, you will see icons for marking the message as “read” or “unread.” Tap the appropriate icon to change the message status.

Mark the message as “Read”/”Unread” with a Swipe Action

  1. Start the Gmail App: Open the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Access Settings: Tap the Menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner of the screen. Scroll down and select "Settings."
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  1. Customize Inbox: Under the "Inbox" section, tap on "Inbox customizations."
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  1. Set Swipe Actions: Select "Mail swipe actions." Choose either "Right swipe" or "Left swipe."
  1. Assign the Swipe Action: Set the chosen swipe action to “Mark as read/unread.”
  1. Save Changes: Tap "Done" in the top right corner to save your settings.

Mark Multiple Messages as “Read”/”Unread”

  1. Open the Gmail App: Launch the Gmail app on your mobile device.
  2. Select Messages: Tap the sender's profile image on the left side of each message you want to mark. This will allow you to select multiple messages at once.
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  1. Select All: At the top left corner of the screen, tap the box next to "Select all." If you need to include more messages, scroll down and tap "Select all" again.
  2. Mark as Read/Unread: Tap the "Mark as read" or "Mark as unread" icon located at the top right corner of the screen to change the status of the selected messages.
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And that’s it!

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