How To Unarchive a Gmail Email

When your Gmail gets crowded with emails, you can delete the oldest ones, but you won’t be able to review them in the future if needed. Archiving old emails is perhaps the best thing to do because you can unarchive them later if you need them.

Learn how to archive your emails in Gmail and how to get them back in the article below.

Archive Emails in Gmail

You can delete the emails you are confident you won’t need in the future, and archive those you might need for any reason. Emails with codes, passwords, sensitive information, and so on can be saved to your Archive with just a few clicks. All archived emails will be moved to a different folder, where you can access them whenever you want.

What Happens to Your Archived Emails

All of the emails you archive will disappear from the “Inbox” folder, making room for future emails. They will transfer to another folder within your Gmail account called “All Mail.”

You can find all (archived and unarchived) emails by typing the name of the sender or a section of the email’s title in your Gmail search bar. Archived emails will return to the “Inbox” folder if they get a reply at any point in time. That’s everything you need to know about archived emails, so let’s get to the process itself.

How to Archive Emails

Creating some room in your “Inbox” folder will allow you to find important emails easier. So, when you want to archive some emails you don’t need at the moment, here is what you have to do:

  1. Log into your Gmail Account.
  2. Select all of the emails you want to move to the “Archive” folder.
  3. Click on the Archive icon (box with a downward arrow) found in the top menu bar and the emails will be transferred to the “Archive” folder.
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  4. Your selected emails will appear in the “Archive” folder.

How to Archive All Emails

You can archive any or all of your emails with a few simple clicks. Your Inbox will be empty, but the cluster of emails will still look confusing in the “All Mails” folder, so try to delete the ones you are sure you won’t need before you start archiving. You can also archive only the emails you have read or those you haven’t read yet. Here is what you have to do to archive all of your emails together:

  1. Click on the drop-down menu by clicking on the little arrow pointing down next to the empty square above your email list.
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  2. Select “All.”
  3. Click “Select All Messages” above your first email.
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  4. Once all of your emails are selected, hit the “Archive” icon, and all of your emails will transfer to the “All Mail” folder.
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  5. Click “OK” when the pop-up window appears.
  6. All of your emails can now be found in the “All Mail” folder.

How to Unarchive Emails

You can return any archived email back to the original folder at any time. Follow these steps to do that:

  1. Click “More” in the side menu and open the “All Mail” folder.
  2. Select the emails you want to unarchive and click the “Move to Inbox” button.
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  3. All of the emails you have selected will return back to the “Inbox” folder.

Archive Emails on Mobile Devices

You can archive emails from your mobile devices too. The process is very similar to the one above, and it works for both iOS and Android devices. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Open the Gmail App on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Select the emails you want to move to the archive and tap the Archive icon at the top.
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The emails you have selected are now moved to the “All Mail” folder.

How to Unarchive Emails Using the Gmail App

  1. Open the Gmail App on your smartphone or tablet
  2. Navigate to the “All Mail” folder and select the emails you want to unarchive.
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  3. Tap the three dots and select “Move to Inbox” from the menu.
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The emails you have selected will now re-appear in the “Inbox” folder.

Store Important Emails for the Future

Some emails are more important than others, so it’s only natural that you want to save them for future use. We explained how you could do that on both PC and mobile devices. You are now ready to manage your emails, and you won’t have to worry about an overflowing inbox.

What type of emails do you keep, and why? Did this article help you out? Tell us what you think in the comment section.

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