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GMail How to truly delete emails

Posted on 2016-07-20
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When I delete emails they go to the trash. When I empty the trash all those emails still appear in the "All Mail" folder. Which means they are still taking space on my GMail account. Whats the purpose of "All Mail" and how can i delete emails completely from the trash and not have them also go to the "All Mail" folder?

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by:rindi
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When I empty trash in GMail, the mails don't reappear in "All Mail".

Are you using the web-browser to access your mail, or a 3rd party client? If it is a client, you may have to check how your account is setup within it.
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by:IT_Fanatic
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I sometimes use gmail through the web. Or use outlook, iPhone, iPad or an app called AirMail
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Via the Web it works fine, at least with me. Check your other clients like Outlook. iStuff etc. Maybe those keep local copies and don't automatically delete. Also make sure you use imap rather than pop.
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by:IT_Fanatic
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part of your answer is correct. The issue is when the emails are not being delete from the GMail web gui. If using Outlook, Apple Mail etc... you need to move the items from the deleted folder and than you can delete them forever.
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