I have a considerable number of Social and Promotions emails that keep going into the Spam folder, and many others are wrongly assigned to Updates and Promotions while they should be in Primary.

How do I reset everything to default settings so that then I can decide what goes where?

  • Are these being controlled by filters?
    – 50-3
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 8:10
  • No, I haven't set up any explicit filters, it's just Gmail trying to guess where my mail should go.
    – rent0n
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 8:27
  • Okay so would you like to get rid of the Social and Promotions or un-mark spam?
    – 50-3
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 8:28

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1st step delete any filters that might have been setup (Found under settings > filters)

Gmail Filter Settings

2nd step only enable the tabs you want (Under main Gmail page)

Gmail Tabs Gmail Tabs selection page

3rd and last step go to your spam folder > select all and press not spam

Gmail Not spam

From here you will have removed all unwanted filters and marked everything that isn't spam as not spam for Gmail and you can manage what is and isn't from there


I'm unaware of any way completely disabling Gmail's built in spam filter

Work around search in:anywhere is:spam select all and mark not spam periodically

  • A fourth step would be to drag any messages that are under the wrong tab to the correct tab. This will train Gmail to learn what messages go where.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 12:31

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