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I'm getting the out-of-storage space error for Gmail:

How does Gmail's "out of storage space" work?

Since I'm obviously doing it wrong, what's the correct way to delete all e-mails within a label without creating a filter or deleting the label itself?

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    I don't think you're doing it wrong. I think there's some issue between your network and Google's.
    – ale
    Dec 13 '16 at 18:58
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  1. Search for the messages you want to delete
    example: label:mylabel
  2. Click the checkbox at the top to select all of the conversations on the page
  3. You'll get a message similar to:

    All 100 conversations on this page are selected. Select all 75432 conversations

    The latter portion is a clickable link. Click it.

  4. Now all your messages matching the search are "checked"
  5. Click "Delete"

It may take a few minutes to move them all to Trash.

If you get an error, you're probably simply trying to do too many at once for your local browser, network, and/or server to handle. (It shouldn't happen, but apparently it does for you.) Try breaking your search up into smaller, but manageable, chunks. There are several advanced search operators you can use. You might try one of the time-based operators, so you can do something like this:

Search for all the messages with your label that are older than a year:

label:mylabel older_than:1y

Then follow the other steps above.

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  • what happens if, in those few minutes, the browser is closed or the connection terminated?
    – Thufir
    Dec 19 '16 at 3:35
  • I don't know. I'd expect that the work is being done server side, and so it wouldn't matter, but only a Google engineer could answer definitively. Worst case is you'll need to try again, maybe with a smaller chunk.
    – ale
    Dec 19 '16 at 14:33

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