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Do you want to have a quick look at all your unread emails? If so, Gmail offers a couple of ways to do just that. You can perform a quick search that retrieves unread emails or make Gmail show all your unread emails first.

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Find All Unread Emails with a Quick Search

In Gmail on both your desktop and your mobile, you can run a quick search to retrieve all your unread emails.

To use this method, first, launch Gmail on your desktop or your phone. Then, tap the search bar, enter the following, and press Enter or select Search.


Unread email search in Gmail

Gmail will list all your emails that are unread or have been marked as unread.

Access all unread emails in Gmail.

You can now go through your unread emails and read them, reply to them, or take any other action you find appropriate.

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Make Gmail Show All Your Unread Emails First

On your desktop, you can make Gmail display all of your unread emails at the top of your inbox, followed by your other emails.

In the mobile version of Gmail, you can add a new tab that only displays your unread emails. Let’s dive in.

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Display All Your Unread Emails First on Desktop

On your desktop, open a web browser and launch Gmail. Then, in the site’s top-right corner, click the gear icon and choose “See All Settings.”

Email settings inside Gmail

In “Settings,” from the tab list at the top, select “Inbox.”

In the expanded “Inbox” tab, at the top, click the “Inbox Type” drop-down menu and choose “Unread First.”

Tip: If you ever wish to return to the default email view, click the “Inbox Type” drop-down menu and choose “Default.”

Inbox type settings inside Gmail

Beneath the drop-down menu, you’ll see a new “Inbox Sections” section. Here, next to “Unread,” click the drop-down menu and choose how many unread emails you’d like Gmail to display on a page.

Optionally, click the “Everything Else” drop-down menu and choose how many other emails you’d like to see.

Unread email appearance inside Gmail

Then, save your changes by scrolling down the page and choosing “Save Changes.”

Saving settings inside Gmail

Gmail will take you back to your inbox where it now displays your unread emails at the top.

Unread emails inside Gmail

Add an Unread Tab to Your Mobile Inbox

On your mobile device, launch the Gmail app. Then, in the app’s top-left corner, tap the three horizontal lines.

Menu inside Gmail mobile app

Scroll down the menu that opens and choose “Settings.”

Settings inside Gmail mobile app

In “Settings,” select your email account followed by “Inbox Type” on Android. On iPhone, simply select “Inbox Type.”

Inbox type settings inside Gmail mobile app

In the “Inbox Type” menu, choose “Unread First.”

Tip: In the future, to switch back to Gmail’s default email view, select the “Default Inbox” option.

Unread first setting inside Gmail mobile app

In the top-left corner of your screen, tap the back-arrow icon to access your inbox. Or, on iPhone, tap “Done.”

Then, open Gmail’s hamburger menu by tapping the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner.

You’ll now see a new tab called “Unread.” Tap this tab to access all your unread Gmail emails.

Unread tab inside Gmail mobile app

And that’s how you quickly get to the emails that are awaiting your response on Gmail.

You can also quickly find all your archived emails in Gmail. Check out our guide to learn how to do that.

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