Ironically, as useful as they are, too many labels can be a hassle to manage. So, if you’re looking into how to delete labels in Gmail, kindly follow us through this article.
Reasons to Delete Labels in Gmail.
The reasons to delete labels can be as follow:
There are way too many labels
You don’t require a label anymore
You accidentally created a label
There aren’t any emails associated with the label anymore
How to Delete Labels in Gmail
Deleting a label will only remove the label itself. It won’t delete the emails associated with that label.
You can delete labels in Gmail using your computer or your smartphone.
This article will go through both of those methods in detail. Follow the steps mentioned below regarding the procedures to delete labels in Gmail.
Delete Labels in Gmail on a Computer
As there is no dedicated Gmail app for the computer, you need to use a browser to delete labels in Gmail on your computer.
To delete labels in Gmail on your computer, go through the steps listed below:
Log into your Gmail account from a browser
On the left panel, hover your mouse over the label you want to delete
Click on three little dots to open a drop-down menu
On the menu, click on Remove label
Click on Delete to confirm
If you want to delete multiple labels, here’s how you can do it.
On the left menu panel, click on More to expand the contents
Click on Manage labels
Scroll down to the Labels section
Corresponding to the label, click on remove to delete that label
Click on Delete to confirm
Delete Labels in Gmail on a Phone
Well, don’t worry if you can’t access Gmail through your computer. You can also access Gmail via smartphone, you can use it to delete labels in Gmail.
There’s a dedicated Gmail app on both Android and iPhone. While you can delete labels in Gmail on iPhone using the app, you can’t do the same through your android app. You need to log in to Gmail using a browser on your phone.
As respective to your mobile device, go through the steps mentioned below to delete labels on Gmail:
Go to gmail.com on your browser.
Tap on Use the web version
Sign in to your Gmail account (if not already)
Click on the Menu icon on the top left corner
Scroll and tap on Desktop at the very bottom of the page
Tap on “I’d like to use HTML Gmail” when prompted
This will change the page to the desktop version, where you can edit labels.
Now on the left side, click on Edit labels
Tap on the Remove button next to a label to delete it
To delete Gmail labels on your iPhone, follow the steps below:
Tap the Hamburger Menu icon on the top left corner
Tap on settings
Choose the account you want to delete labels from
Under the Label section, go to Label settings
Select the label you want to delete
Tap on Delete.
How to Create a Label?
To create a label in Gmail, follow the steps below:
Log into your Gmail account on a browser
On the menu panel, click on More
Scroll down and click on Create new label
Enter the name you want to give it and click on create
However, you cannot create a label in Gmail using the mobile app. You need to use your phone’s browser to do so. Open Gmail on a browser and switch to Desktop mode. From there, follow the same steps as above.
How to Apply a Label to an Email?
To apply a label to an email on your account, go through the steps below:
Go to your Gmail account
Tick the little box in front of an email to select it
Click on the Move to icon, as shown in the image
Select the label you want to apply
On Mobile App
Open the Gmail app on your phone
Tap and hold to select an email
Tap on three little dots on the top right corner
Select Change labels (Labels in iPhone).
Check the label you want to apply
Can You Apply Labels Automatically to an Email?
You can create filters to automatically apply labels to emails based on specific terms such as email address, word, size, etc.
This saves you the trouble of manually applying labels to every email.