How To Change Swipe Options On Gmail App (Swipe To Delete)

Last Updated: October 3, 2018

We receive a huge number of emails daily and they are mostly very useless, sent by companies for marketing and advertisement. The important ones are often lost among them. Also, when there is 15 GB data limit on Gmail, you should delete all the unnecessary emails. There is a faster option to delete those emails than ‘long press and choose Delete’. When you swipe an email on Gmail, it gets archived and removed from the inbox. But that email does not get deleted from your Gmail and you can still find it in ‘All mail’ section. You can change swipe options on Gmail app and enable deleting the messages with just a swipe. We have already written about how to enable swipe to delete for iOS. Here is how you can do it for right or left swipe on the Android app of Gmail.

You may also consider unsubscribing in bulk from receiving useless emails.

How To Enable Swipe To Delete On Gmail App

1. Open Gmail and tap on the ‘Menu ☰ icon‘ at the top left.

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2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Settings’.

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3. Tap on ‘General settings’.

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4. Now, tap on ‘Swipe actions‘.

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5. On the next page, you will see the options for both swipes. Tap on the ‘CHANGE‘ in front of ‘Right swipe’.

6. Now Tap on ‘Delete‘ or any other action you want to enable.

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7. You can do the same with ‘Left Swipe‘ too if desired.

This is how you can change swipe options on Gmail app on Android and swipe to delete instead of archive. You may keep one side’s swipe for archiving and change the other one. As you might have seen in the image above that there are other swipe shortcuts like ‘Mark as read/unread’ as well. So, if you wish you can set them as the swipe action.

Also ReadHow to Search Emails by Size in Gmail to Find Emails with Large/Small Attachments

I don’t think changing the swipe options was difficult at all. If you still face any issue, let us know in the comments. We will be happy to help.

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