How to find emails stored in Gmail

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If you are a Gmail user, you may be wondering how to find your archived emails. Here's everything you need to know.

Thankfully, there is a way to hide emails, but don't permanently delete them using archives. Here's everything you need to know about archiving emails on Gmail.

When it comes to finding your archived emails, there are sure to be easy ways to find them. Aside from permanent deletion, archiving offers you a comfortable middle ground. Knowing this, you shouldn't worry about missing emails that you'd typically rather keep hidden for a while.

Where emails are stored in Gmail

When you archive an email, it will disappear from your Gmail inbox and its categories. However, you can still view the email when using Gmail labels or in the folder All messages.

Archived emails remain in your account until you manually delete them. In addition to not being marked as read automatically, emails stored on Gmail will take up the same amount of storage space.

How to archive emails in Gmail

There are two ways to archive emails to Gmail: in the web browser or in the app. Here's how to do both:

How to archive emails in Gmail on the web

To archive an email to Gmail on your browser, log into your Gmail account and select the email or emails you want to archive.

Then, click the button archive , which looks like a box with an arrow pointing down, located at the top left of the screen.

How to archive emails in Gmail for the Gmail app

If you are using the Gmail app, you can tap and select the email or emails you want to hide. Then, tap the button Archiving at the top of the screen next to the trash can.

Alternatively, you can also tap on the email you want to archive and slide it to the left. The archive icon on a green background will appear as you do this. Once an email is successfully archived, a confirmation pop-up will appear.

Two ways to find emails stored in Gmail

There are several ways you can still find emails stored in Gmail. Here are some of them.

How to find archived emails via the search bar

The simplest and most direct way to find an archived email is via the search bar.

While it is not possible to simply select a category for archived emails, you can search for an archived email using its details. For example, you can search for the sender's name, email, company name, or even elements of the email you remember.

How to find emails stored in Gmail using all mail

Although archived emails no longer appear in the standard Gmail inbox, you can still find them in the folder view All messages .

using All messages , you will be able to see all your existing Gmail emails. To use this feature, select All Messages from the list of options on the left menu bar and scroll down to find the desired email.

This option works on both Gmail for the web and the app. When using All Mail to find archived mail, use the search bar to locate older emails and avoid having to go through everything at once.

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