The new Google email application, Inbox has just been released so I decided to try it.

I wanted to delete all my spam messages but I can't find a button to select all of them without clicking on each one.

Is it possible to select all messages at once?

2 Answers 2


The "Select All" feature is not available as of now in Inbox by Gmail app. Nor this feature of multiple selecting of spam emails at once available in the web version of Inbox by Gmail. Only Gmail app has the Empty Spam option but not select all. You can also swipe to delete in the new version of Inbox app. But that won't make a big difference if you have hundreds of emails spammed to you.

screenshot of spam folder

Take a look at the Features not implemented yet blog post section.

Gmail or Inbox by Gmail?

So, which one should you use? Most of the above can be reduced to just a couple key points for each product. But remember that: Inbox is not simply a user-interface change to Gmail, it as an entirely new product.


  • Customizable - multiple inbox formats and message organization options -
  • Flexible - many message attributes to manage e-mail

Inbox by Gmail

  • Simple - easy to learn and use
  • Consistent - the same user-interface on all platforms

Of course there's no reason you can't use both. You could use Inbox on a day-to-day basis, or on mobile devices, and then use Standard Gmail for more complex activity like creating non-labeling filters, multiple message selection, emptying Trash and Spam, etc. Gmail and Inbox by Gmail are just tools and you should use whatever helps you manage your e-mail the best.

So feel free to continue to use Gmail, switch to Inbox, use both as appropriate, or use neither if you prefer your installed e-mail client. The choice is totally yours.[Ref.]

UPDATE : This functionality is now available in Inbox by GMail as of 10th Sep 2015. Google has added an option to delete all spam messages in single click via the "Empty Trash Now" button. Read here.

As posted on Google Plus,

Small update: You can now empty Trash and Spam in Inbox. Thanks to everyone for your feedback requesting this feature.

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You can also do this in the webversion of Inbox by Gmail's spam page. Clicking on the "Empty Spam now" clears up the spam folder. Note that spam left undeleted for more than 30 days are deleted automatically.

  • It's not available in the webversion too, I can't find it. But thanks. Do you know when this will be implemented?
    – Maxime
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 12:13
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    Have no idea about it, only google knows about when it will be added. Only gmail has this feature right now and there are extension like Smooth checker but only works for gmail. Couldn't find anything which works on Inbox By Gmail yet. Well you can leave a suggestion on the review section on the play store app page.
    – Lucky
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 12:33
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    I've just found out that it's possible to do a multiple selection of emails : productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/inbox/AMKpXXLOoWA but still not all messages yet.
    – Maxime
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 7:15
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    Yeah, welcome to the world of half-implemented features which is called Google. I'm so pissed off that such a simple thing is not added since beginning of the Inbox. The product itself seems to not improve anymore. I think it'll soon be pushing up the daisies on the same cemetery on which Google Wave and Google Reader are buried.
    – Endrju
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 15:33
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    @Maxime Thanks for the edit. I've updated the answer. It's good to have this option now. ;)
    – Lucky
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 9:22

You can now do a "shift select" style selection to select all the messages between two.

For example, if I have 6 messages in a row that I would like to delete (because they have been filtered or searched, etc), as below:

Message 1
Message 2
Message 3
Message 4
Message 5
Message 6

Then you can first, select Message 1 by clicking its checkbox. Then hold shift and select Message 6 by clicking its checkbox. All the messages between 1 and 6 should then also be selected.

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    You mean by hooking up an external keyboard? Commented Mar 21, 2016 at 4:12
  • This is the closest acceptable answer for the Inbox web interface. Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 14:51

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