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How to Mark Emails as Read in Gmail

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Not all emails are worth reading. Some you can block, some you can’t. Instead of seeing the unread count go up and up, use this trick to quickly mark emails as read without opening them in Gmail.

How to Mark Emails as Read in Gmail on the Web

If you’re using the Gmail website on your Windows or Mac machine, you can mark all or individual emails as read.

To mark a single email as read, hover over the email from your inbox and then select the “Envelope” button.

Click The Envelope Icon To Mark An Email As Read in Gmail For Web

The email will now appear faded, and your unread email count will decrease.

To mark multiple emails as read, use the “Select” tool from the left edge of the emails list. Click the “Checkmark” icon for all the emails that you want to mark as read.

Select Multiple Emails in Gmail To Mark As Read

If you want to mark all emails shows on-screen as read, click the “Checkmark” icon from the top toolbar. All the emails on the current page will be selected. Use the “Select All Conversations” option to select all conversations in the Inbox or the category.

Select All Emails in Gmail To Mark As Read

After making the selection, click the “Mark As Read” button from the top toolbar. This will mark all the selected emails as read.

Click the Mark As Read Button From Gmail Toolbar in Web

To mark emails as unread, you can select the emails and choose the “Mark As Unread” button from the toolbar.

Select Emails and Click Mark As Unread

How to Mark Emails as Read in Gmail for iPhone and Android

The Gmail app makes it incredibly quick and easy to mark emails as read, right from your Inbox. It’s the same method for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Open the Gmail app and navigate to your Inbox. Then, tap the sender’s photo for an email that you want to mark as read. You can select multiple emails in the same way.

Select Sender Photo in Gmail App for iPhone and Android

Once you have selected emails, tap the “Envelope” icon in the top toolbar.

Tap The Open Envelope Icon To Mark Emails as Read

The emails will now be marked as read.

If you want to mark emails as unread, select the emails again and tap the same “Envelope” icon.

Tap The Closed Envelope Icon To Mark Emails as Unread


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Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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